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Clapping Rhyme

Good Manners Clapping Rhyme   © Jenny Jenkins 2016      https://sites.google.com/site/valueslessons

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:

We say, “Thank you.”

We say, “Please.”
We don’t interrupt or tease.
We don’t argue. We don’t fuss.
We listen when you talk to us.

(Optional 2nd verse)
Share our toys and take our turn.
Manners aren't too hard to learn.
It’s* really easy, when you find.
Manners just mean being kind!

Poem source: http://www.childfun.com/themes/people/manners/

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

We say, “Thank you” We say, “Please.”
Sides clap    right   left          sides clap    both

We don’t in/ter/rupt or tease. 
Sides clap  right/left/sides clap both

We don’t arg/ue, We don’t fuss. 
Sides  clap  right/left   sides clap  both

We*-lis/ten when you talk to us. 
     Sides/clap  right   left  sides clap both

*Slap sides on 'lis/ten', slip the 'We' in quickly first with no action for it.

Share our toys and Take our turn.
Sides clap     right      left    sides clap   both

Man/ners aren't too Hard to learn.
Sides/clap     right      left    sides clap   both

It’s*-real/ly  eas/y    
When you find 
       Sides/clap  right/left  sides  clap   both

Man/ners just mean Be/ing  kind!
Sides/clap    right    left    sides/clap  both

* Slap sides on 'real/ly', slip the 'It's' in quickly first with no action for it.

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.

Mind your Manners Clapping Rhyme (Print out for class to learn)

We say 'Thank you,' we say 'Please'

We don't interrupt or tease.


We don't argue, we don't fuss

We listen when you talk to us

Share our toys and take our turn

Manners aren't too hard to learn

It's really easy when you find

Manners just mean being kind!