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Module #3: Nutrition & Exercise

Step By Step Instructions:
1. Before you present this material to your students, prepare by watching the videos and practicing the movements and choreography that go with each song and activity.
2. Read along with the lyrics on the song cards to learn how to sing along with each song.
3. When you are ready, gather the children in the group space. Have your audio player ready with the music. Have the song cards ready to guide you with the Instructions, Introduction (what you say to the children to introduce the song before starting the audio) and the Song Lyrics.
4. Introduce the first song then start the audio track and model the movements to show the children how to move their bodies.

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She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain

She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain Audio:

 

She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain Video:

 

Instructions:

This is a great song for burning up excess energy in the children. In the song, the children crouch down in a circle. At the right moment, everyone jumps up, yells out “Yeehaaa!” and then crouches down again. Demonstrate the movement for the children before and during the song. 

Intro:

All my friends please get on your feet, bend your knees and get down low. When we say “Yeehaa!” We’re going to jump up and come back down.

Lyrics:                 

She’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes

(children jump up and shout “Yeeehaaa!”

She’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes

(children jump up and shout “Yeeehaaa!”

She’ll be comin’ round the mountain

She’ll be comin’ round the mountain

She’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes

(children jump up and shout “Yeeehaaa!”

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She’ll be drivin’ six white horses when she comes…

We will all come out to meet her when she comes…

We will all have chicken and dumplings when she comes…

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As An Animal Can Be

As An Animal Can Be Audio:

 

As An Animal Can Be Video:

Instructions:

During this song, the children will be walking like a giraffe, swimming like an octopus and slithering like a snake around the group space. Make a point about the “Invisible Bubble” in your introduction and be alert for any bumping or pushing during the song. When children do bump or push their friends, gently remind them to move to where there is room for their body.

Intro:

Now we get to move our bodies like different kinds of animals. The first one is a giraffe  with it’s long neck and long legs. Put on your invisible bubble around your whole body. That means that your body will not bump or touch your friends. Make sure that you move your body where there is room to go without bumping your friends.

Lyrics:                                          Chords: G C D             

A giraffe has a neck that stretches to the sky

with its feet on the ground, it comes walking by

Munching on some leaves at the top of the tree

A giraffe is tall as an animal can be

A snake likes to slither with its belly on the ground

Let’s you know that it’s coming with a hissing sound

It can move just fine without legs or feet

A snake is as low as an animal can be

An octopus has eight long tentacles

On a rock it can make its skin identical

It swims all around in the deep blue sea

An octopus is clever as an animal can be

A cheetah has fur that helps it blend in

Lying in the grass of the savanna plane

Runs so far and it runs so free

A cheetah is as fast as an animal can be

A whale likes to flip its tail in the air

Makes a splash in the water and takes a breath of air

Swims all around in the deep blue sea

A whale is as big as an animal can be

A sloth moves slow in a leisurely style

Lying in a tree it likes a rest for a while

Why should he rush, there is no need

A sloth is as lazy as an animal can be

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Good Food

Good Food Audio:

Good Food Video:

Instructions:

This song gets the children excited about nutrition and eating good food. Before you play the CD, sing the chorus as an echo with the children to familiarize them with the words.  Then, play the song and practice learning the words. Finally, get the children up and moving to the choreography that you learned from the video. You can also play this song when it’s time for snack or lunch.

Intro:

This is a song about good food! Everyone say ‘good food!’ (children echo “good food”), feels like magic in your tummy (children echo “feels like magic in your tummy”), good food! (children echo “good food”), you know it tastes yummy (children echo “you know it tastes yummy”) etc.

Lyrics:  Chords: C F C F G F / F C F C F C Bb G             

When you feel hungry

you want something that’s good

If you want a happy tummy

then eat some good food

Take a big bite of what your body needs

You’re growing big and strong you’ve got muscles to feed

CH

Good Food

feels like magic in your tummy

Good Food

you know it tastes yummy

Good Food

feel your body growing

Now that this food has got your energy flowin’

Every bite that you take helps your body to grow

Strong muscles and bones from head to toe

Riding a bike, climbing on the bars

Eating healthy food makes you run so far

CH

So grab yourself some veggies and some fresh fruit too

It’s time to sit down and eat our yummy food

Bite into an apple and crunch on a carrot

and when you see your friends, be sure that you share it

CH

I run really fast when I eat good food

I can lift up my dad when I eat good food

I can ride my bike and go zoom, zoom, zoom

I can kick a ball way up to the moon

CH

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Ladybug Dance

Ladybug Dance Audio:

Ladybug Dance Video:

Instructions:

Here’s a chance for the children to show off their beautiful ballet dancing skills. Dance with the children and model graceful dancing, including the chassé and pirouette.

Intro:

It’s time for the Ladybug Dance. In this song we are going to chassé, that means skipping to the side (demonstrate a sideways skipping movement), and pirouette (demonstrate a pirouette by standing on your tip toes with arms raised above your head and twirling around). Now show me your most beautiful dancing.

Lyrics:  Chords: (capo 3rd fret) D A7 D B7 E7 A7  D / A7 D A7 D E7 A7 D

Ladybug ladybug dance and sing

fly all around the garden

chassé to the right, chassé to the right, pirouette and bow

chassé to the left, chassé to the left, pirouette and bow

Ladybug, ladybug spread out your wings

fly all around the garden

Ladybug ladybug dance and sing

fly all around the garden

now tip-toe tip-toe, quiet, quiet pirouette and bow

tip-toe tip-toe, quiet, quiet pirouette and bow

Ladybug, ladybug spread out your wings

fly all around the garden

Ladybug ladybug dance and sing

fly all around the garden

back to your spot, back to your spot, come back to your spot

back to your spot, back to your spot, sit down in your spot

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Dragon Hunt

Dragon Hunt Audio:

Dragon Hunt Video:

Instructions:

This is a variation on the Bear Hunt. It’s a call and response story with several songs mixed in. Start with the children sitting in their circle spot.

Intro:

It’s time to go on a dragon hunt. Are you feeling extra brave today? I say it first and you say it after me.

Lyrics: 

G

We’re going on a dragon hunt

Bring your sword

Put on your armor

and get on your horse

Ride down the road

We’re coming to a forest

a dark, spooky forest

Gm         Cm          Dm

It’s a dark and spooky forest

and we’re hunting a dragon

G

We got past the forest

Coming to a castle

Does the dragon live here?

Climb up the wall

Do you see a dragon?

No

Let’s climb down

We got past the castle

We’re coming to a bridge

Can’t go under it

Have to walk over it

(Have children stand up. Some children form a bridge by putting their hands together up high. Other children go under the bridge. Sing London Bridges. After all the children have gone under the bridge, have them sit down again.)

Got past the bridge

Coming to a river

Can’t go under it

Can’t fly over it

Let’s get in the boat

(sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Got past the river

Coming to a cave

Tip toe inside

It’s dark in here

Is anyone around?

I see two green eyes

and a big scaly body

Take out your sword

Run, it’s a dragon!

(go back through all the places and songs, speeded up)

Back to the river

(sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Back to the bridge

(sing London Bridges)

Back to the castle

Climb up

Climb down

Back to the forest

Gm         Cm          Dm

It’s a dark and spooky forest

and a dragon’s chasing us!!! Aaaaa!

Back down the road

Open the door and close it

Whew! we made it!

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Fishing at the Pond

Fishing at the Pond Audio:

Fishing at the pond Video:

Instructions:

Have all the children sit in their circle spot. You will be pantomiming the motions of casting a fishing line into a pond. All the children are the fish in the pond. You will be catching the fish according to their color (the color that the children are wearing on their clothes) and putting them in the bucket (a predesignated space near the group space).

Intro:

I see all these fish swimming in the pond today; green fish, pink fish, red fish, purple fish… all the colors! Now it’s time for me to go fishing. I will catch you by your color. When I reel you in you move towards me and then I will put you in my bucket over there (indicate the space you have decided to use as your “bucket”. You can mark this space with tape if you wish). My bucket has lot’s of nice fresh water for you to swim in. 

Lyrics: 

There were lots of fish swimming

at the pond today

when I cast my fishing line

There were lots of fish nibbling on the bait

when I tugged it just in time

I’m going to catch the pink fish!

reel ‘em in

reel ’em in

I put those fish in the bucket

Mom and Dad will be so glad

when I bring ‘em home so they can cook it

(Repeat with each color until you have caught all the fish.)

“I have too many fish in my bucket. I’m going to put you all back in the pond! Woosh!”

(Make a motion of dumping all the fish back into the pond.)

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Obwa Simi Sa Nana

Obwa Simi Sa Nana Audio:

Obwa Simi Sa Nana Video:

Instructions:

This is an African, Akan song used to accompany a stone passing game. Translation: “The rock hurt my hand, grandma.” Nana refers to the circle of relatives and extended family supporting Ghanaian children during times of misfortune as well as celebration. First, introduce the children to the words by speaking it as an echo. Say “obwa” and have the children repeat the word after you and so on. Then begin to sing the song and demonstrate the action of tapping the stone (we use a shaker) on the floor on the word obwa and then passing the stone to the child next to you. As they tap and pass the stone continue to mime the motion with your empty hand.

Intro:

Now we are going to play a stone passing game from Africa. We will use a shaker for our stone. Tap the stone on the floor two times when you say “obwa” and then pass it on to the friend next to you. Let’s practice by tapping our hand on the floor right now. Obwa (ta, tap), Obwa (ta, tap), Obwa (ta, tap). When the stone comes to you, tap it on the floor two times and then pass it along.

Lyrics: 

Obwa see mee sa na-na

Obwa see mee sa (repeat)

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Gorilla Munch

Gorilla Munch Audio:

Gorilla Munch Video:

Instructions:

This is an instrument song with a rhythmic beat that the children sing and play along with. With all the instruments passed out, demonstrate the rhythm and sing the phrase “gorilla munch” while playing the beat on a shaker. Then demonstrate the rhythm on a scraper, triangle, bells and drum. Track #8

Intro:

Show me how you play this rhythm on your instrument; gorilla munch, munch, munch, gorilla munch, munch, munch.

Lyrics: 

E   F  F#  G         G          G

Gorilla Munch, munch, munch

Gorilla Munch, munch, munch

Gorilla Munch, munch, munch

G                                   C

There was a big gorilla, sleeping in my bed

      D                                                                       D

his head was by my feet, and his feet were by my head

     G                            C   

he snored so loud, he woke up my Dad

       D                                    (n.c.-tap guitar)

and then that big gorilla said “oo-oo-oo!”

Gorilla Munch, munch, munch

Gorilla Munch, munch, munch

Gorilla Munch, munch, munch

There was a big gorilla, kicking a ball

he kicked it so hard that it bounced off of the wall

it bounced off of the wall and it went up on the roof

and then that big gorilla said “oo-oo-oo!”

Gorilla Munch, munch, munch

Gorilla Munch, munch, munch

Gorilla Munch, munch, munch

There was a big gorilla, eating some fruit

an apple on his head and a banana in his boot

the banana went “squish” but he didn’t give a hoot

and then that big gorilla said “oo-oo-oo!”

Gorilla Munch, munch, munch

Gorilla Munch, munch, munch

Gorilla Munch, munch, munch

There was a big gorilla, taking a bath

he tried to do my homework, he tried to do my math

the paper got wet and the pencil poked through

and then that big gorilla said “oo-oo-oo!”       Gorilla Munch, munch, munch….

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Instrument Echoes (short & long)

Instrument Echoes Audio:

Instrument Echoes Video:

Instructions:

In this exercise the children learn to echo rhythms that you play on the instruments. Play a combination on Ta and Ti-ti and have the children repeat the phrase on their instrument, in time, after you. Be careful not to break the pulse or tempo of the call and response.

Intro:

Now it’s time for instrument echoes. I play first and you play after me.

Lyrics: 

(you) Ta, ta, ta

(the children) Ta, ta, ta

(you) Ta, ti-ti, ta

(the children) Ta, ti-ti, ta

(you) Ti-ti, ti-ti, ta

(the children) Ti-ti, ti-ti, ta

(you) Ta, ta, ti-ti

(the children) Ta, ta, ti-ti

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Good Food Camping Story

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Camping Story Audio:

Camping Story Video;

Instructions:

Have all the children sitting in the circle with or without their instruments. During the singing parts of the story, remind them to play their instruments along with the rhythm.

Intro:

When we go camping we sleep in a sleeping bag. Right now, pretend that you are on a camping trip, sound asleep in your sleeping bag.

The Story:         chords G C D G G D G 

Let’s pretend that we are all on a camping trip and we are just waking up in the morning. Stretch your arms,”yawn!”. Let’s go on a hike up the mountain, but first we need to have breakfast. Let’s open up our food bag and see what we brought. (mime opening bag) Oh no! We brought the wrong kind of food on our camping trip. We only brought junky food. Oh well, let’s go on our hike anyway.

Hiking up the mountain

and we’re going so far

hiking up the mountain

oh no… That junky food didn’t give me any energy and I have a tummy ache. Let’s stop and take a rest. Everyone look in your back pack.   Oh look friends, we have healthy food in our back packs! What kind of healthy food did you find? (Ask each child to tell you one kind of healthy food that they brought in their back pack.) Now let’s eat up all our healthy food. Yum, yum! Now, we have lots of energy to go hiking!

Hiking up the mountain

and we’re going so far

hiking up the mountain

oh yea!

Now we are at the top of the mountain. We have so much energy Let’s go down the mountain super fast!

Going down the mountain

and we’re going so fast

Going down the mountain

oh yea!

We made it back to our camp site. Let’s take a big drink of water. Gulp, gulp, gulp. Ahhhh!    The End

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Twinkle Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy (slow & fast)

PMM Song Card - Twinkle Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy (slow & fast) front Mod3 Trk11 PMM Song Card - Twinkle Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy (slow & fast) Story back Mod3 Trk11

Twinkle Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy Audio:

Twinkle Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy Video:

Instructions:

Here are two classic children’s songs with a fun twist! The children get to learn about tempo changes in music and get a good chuckle at the same time. The songs start out slow but then suddenly get fast. Have the children sitting in their circle spot with the instruments in hand.

Intro:

Sometimes music is slow and sometimes music is fast. Listen to the music and play your instruments along with the song. If the music is going slow; play slowly. If the music is going fast; play fast.

The Lyrics:        chords G C G C G D G 

slow: Twinkle twinkle… fast: little star!

slow: how I wonder… fast: what you are!

slow: Up above the… fast: world so high!

slow: Like a diamond… fast: in the sky!

slow: Twinkle twinkle… fast: little star!

slow: how I wonder… fast: what you are!

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                                                   chords G D G G D G

slow: The itsy bitsy spider… fast: went up the water spout!

slow: Down came the rain and… fast: washed the spider out!

slow: Out came the sun and… fast: dried up all the rain!

slow: and the itsy bitsy spider… fast: went up the spout again!