Introducing a song book to your students is a great way to help develop their speaking and listening skills. Each week the students will learn a new song to sing and recite. They will learn the words, actions and also complete a craft to reinforce the key concept/s of the song.
The first song we learnt was 'If you're happy and you know it'. This song was introduced whilst we were learning about feelings. After learning the original version the students discussed different ways to move/act to different feelings e.g. If you're angry and you know it stamp your feet, If you're excited and you know it high five a friend.
We also completed a craft to match the song. This will be displayed in each students song book next to the song print out. To create the craft the students first made handprints in paint. They then looked through magazines to find facial features of happy people, and glued these onto a head template. Finally the students coloured in the t-shirts on the head templates and added wool for hair.
I then displayed the pictures together under the title 'If you're happy and you know it'. Each letter in the word happy is presented on a patterned paper plate. I also added a description of the task to the display so that when the parents are looking at their childs work they have a better understanding of the task.
You can download everything you need to complete this activity here.
Remember 'keep calm and pretend it's on the lesson plan!'
Top Teacher xx