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Clapping Rhyme

Honesty Clapping Rhyme   

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


Preparation: Have someone ready to help you demonstrate it to the children.
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:

Can you trust me? Yes indeed!
In my words and in my deeds.
I-do what's right and speak what's true
What I say is what I do.

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


3. Finally, put the actions to the rhyme (one set of actions fits each line)

Can you trust me? Yes in/deed!
Sides clap   right    left     sides  clap/both 

In   my  words and in   my deeds.  
Sides clap right      left   sides clap both


I-do what's right and speak what's true
Sides    clap      right   left    sides     clap        both

What I   say  is what I  do.
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.

Honesty Pays Clapping Rhyme: Print Copy for Students to Read



Can you trust me?


Yes indeed!


In my words and


in my deeds.


I do what's right and


speak what's true


What I say is


What I do!


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