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Shape Song: Fingerplay

Shows green smiling shapes: rectangle, square, and triangleSilly Shape
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of the traditional folk song, ‘Billy Boy’

REFRAIN: REPEAT BETWEEN VERSES
What will you do with the scissors, silly boy?
HANDS OUT TO SIDES / MAKE A SCISSORS USING TWO FINGERS
Oh, what will you do with those scissors?

VERSES:

I intend to change my shape
TOUCH HANDS TO CHEST
from my lines I will escape;
BRING FISTS TOGETHER BEFORE SPREADING OUT ARMS
Cut in half, I’m not a rectangle but a square.
HOLD ARMS HORIZONTALLY WITH SPACE BETWEEN THEM TO FORM THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF A RECTANGLE
MOVE ARMS VERTICALLY TO FORM THE SIDES OF A SQUARE

I intend to change my shape
TOUCH HANDS TO CHEST
from my lines I will escape;
BRING FISTS TOGETHER BEFORE SPREADING OUT ARMS
Cut in half, I’m not a square but a triangle.
HOLD ARMS VERTICALLY TO FORM THE SIDES OF A SQUARE
BRING FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO FORM THE TOP OF A TRIANGLE

Original Folk Song Source: “Billy Boy.” The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection. Missouri State University, n.d. Web. 10 June 2017.

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Stars: Fingerplay

Stars.1010 Little Stars
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 10 Little Indians

HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
One little, two little, three little twinkling stars
Four little, five little, six little twinkling stars
Seven little, eight little, nine little twinkling stars
Ten little twinkling stars in the sky.
RAISE ARMS OVERHEAD
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Farmer: Fingerplay

a red barn with white barn doors and hay in the upper loft10 Little Farmers
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of the traditional rhyme: 10 Little Indians

OPENING ACTIONS: HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
One little, two little, three little farmers
Four little, five little, six little farmers
Seven little, eight little, nine little farmers,
Ten little farmers …

ENDING PHRASE MAY INCLUDE:
… on the tractor
MOVE HANDS AS IF DRIVING
sowing the fields
AS IF SPRINKLING SEEDS
growing food
START HAND FLAT ON GROUND THEN MOVE IT VERTICAL TO SHOW GROWTH
milking the cows
MOVE HANDS AS IF MILKING
shearing the sheep
MOVE HANDS AS IF SHEARING SHEEP
gathering eggs
MOVE HANDS AS IF PLACING EGGS IN BASKET

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Library Book Year: Fingerplay Song

The Library Books
C.K. Emanuel
To the tune of “Calendar Girls” by Neil Sedaka

I read, I read, I read the library books,
HANDS TOUCH CHEST; PUT PALMS TOGETHER THEN OPEN HANDS LIKE BOOK
So many library books!
HANDS OUT TO EITHER SIDE; DO ACTION ABOVE FOR BOOK
I read, I read, I read the library books.
REPEAT ACTIONS OF FIRST LINE
Each and every day of the year.
USE FINGER TO POINT ALONG AN IMAGINARY TIME LINE ON EACH SYLLABLE.

Source of Original Song: Sedaka, Neil. “Calendar Girl” AZ Lyrics. Aldon Music Inc., Robert Mellin Inc., Universal Music, 1961. NEIL SEDAKA LYRICS. Web. 25 July 2015.

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