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Clapping Rhyme

Persistent and Persevere Clapping Clapping Rhyme      © Jenny Jenkins 2015        https://sites.google.com/site/valueslessons
Have someone ready to help you demonstrate it to the students 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 students 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, 2 lines at a time.

When things seem to take a year,
Keep on trying; persevere
Tempted to give up and stop?
Keep on climbing; reach the top!

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

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

When  things seem to  take a   year,
Sides      clap        right     left  sides clap both

Keep on  trying;  persevere
Sides  clap  right /left  sides/clap /both

Tempted to  give up  and stop?
Sides / clap right  left  sides clap  both

Keep on climbing; reach the top!
Sides  clap  right/left      sides   clap  both

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

Persist and Persevere Clapping Rhyme: Print out for students to read.

When things seem to


take a year

.Keep on trying;




Tempted to give up


and stop?

Keep on climbing;


reach the top!

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