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Clapping Rhyme

Give Generously Clapping Rhyme © Jenny Jenkins 2015  https://sites.google.com/site/valueslessons  

Have someone ready to help you demonstrate it to the children first. 
Each clapping rhyme on this website uses the same set of easily learned actions.

1. Teach the actions
First say this together: 'Sides, clap, right, left, sides, clap, both.'
Next, the children sit or stand in pairs, facing each other and do the actions while saying those words together. Repeat them until everyone has learned them.

Sides They slap both hands on their thighs
Clap own hands together once,
Right, Left Slap their partners right hand, then left hand for the third and fourth words.
Sides Slap thighs again,
Clap own hands together,
Both hands slap their partner's, for the last word of each line.

2. Now teach the poem (without actions)
Ask questions about the meaning of the poem, line by line:

When you stop to help the poor,

You will get back so much more.
Feed the hungry, give and share,
Show the hurting world you care. 

Next, say it through together at least 6 times, keeping a strong rhythm for each syllable, until the children can say it without the words.

3. Put the actions to the rhyme  (one set of actions fits each line.)

When  you   stop    to  help the poor, 

Sides      clap     right     left  sides  clap both

You will get  back so much more.

Sides clap  right   left  sides  clap   both

Feed  the  hun/gry, give and share

Sides    clap    right/left   sides   clap  both

Show the hurt/ing world you care. 

Sides    clap right / left   sides   clap   both


Demonstrate first with the partner you have practised with.
Have the children sit or stand sideways to the words so that they can refer to them if they forget.
Students have 3-5 minutes to practise together, memorising the poem. 
Volunteers demonstrate to the class, without looking at the words, for a small prize.

Choose with Care Clapping Rhyme: Print out for students to memorise.


When you stop to

help the poor,

 You will get back

So much more.


Feed the hungry 

Give and share


Show the hurting


World you care.

© Jenny Jenkins 2015    https://sites.google.com/site/valueslessons