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Clapping Rhyme

Power of Words 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:


Words pop out and can't return 
Here's the lesson we must learn; 
Good words make me kind and strong, 
Bad words make my life go wrong. 


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


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

Words pop out   and can't re/turn, 
Sides     clap   right       left  sides  clap/both 

Here's the les/son we  must learn;
Sides     clap right/left   sides   clap   both 

Good words make me kind and strong,
 Sides   clap        right     left  sides   clap  both 

Bad  words make my life   go  wrong.
Sides    clap     right     left   sides   clap   both

Teacher demonstrates first, with the partner you have practised with. 
Have the students 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.



Watch your Words Clapping Rhyme. Print out for the students to learn. 



Words pop out and


can't return.


Here's the lesson


we must learn:


Good words make me


 kind and strong


Bad words make my


life go wrong


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