The Would Rather Song

1 Nov

What we’ve got here is a lesson on using the would rather construction.  The emphasis is on allowing students to learn the form through structured exploration. Well, you’ll see. Read or print the lesson plan if you like, available here … Read More »

Extremely True Facts About Cats

25 Oct

    Cat drawings by Carol Bierach A cat is softer than a rock. Well, it’s true. In this song, you’ll find lots of comparisons. If you want, you can choose from the list of adjectives below. But it’s better … Read More »

It’s Raining

26 Jun

This is an old nursery rhyme. It’s got great verbs. Write the infinitives and a gap-fill on the board, like this: bump, couldn’t, jump, pour, rain, snore, wake up. It’s ________ It’s ________ The old man is ________. He ________ … Read More »

Suzy The Monkey, by Alina Budko and Ksyusha Grebennikova

16 Jun

Suzy the Monkey words and music by Alina Budko (age 11) and Ksyusha Gebennikova (age 11) Minsk, Belarus In my flat there lived Suzy She liked to eat bananas under the bed She dreamed of friends But she can’t find

The Monkey, by Artiom Tereshchenko and Nikita Agaryshev

16 Jun

  The Monkey words and music by Artiom Tereshchenko (age 11) and Nikita Agaryshev (age 11) Minsk, Belarus There lived a monkey She lived in the jungle She liked to eat bananas And ride on the elephant She dreamed of … Read More »

The Spider

22 Feb

In a cave there lived a spider He liked to drink warm apple cider He liked to think about his life He wondered if he’d ever have a wife Lonely spider.

The Croc

22 Feb

This song is just 20 seconds long. Step 1 Play the song once and ask students to write down anything at all they hear. Step 2 Give students time to consult each other. Step 3 Provide a model on the … Read More »

The 10 Biggest Countries

24 Dec

That’s right. This 15-second song lists the largest countries of the world. It’s a good dictation for groups of all levels. Play the song and students write. You might not tell them the title, only afterwards asking them what the … Read More »

The Cockroach, by Kolya Artyushevski

11 Nov

The Cockroach words and music by Nick Artyushevski (age 11) Minsk, Belarus In the kitchen There lived a cockroach He liked to eat Inside the fridge He dreamed of eating All the fridge food But the door is closed

Lovely Lively Mouse, by Nastya Zhdanovich and Ksyusha Stankevich

10 Nov

  Lovely Lively Mouse words and music by Nastya Zhdanovich (age 13) and Ksyusha Stankevich (age 12) Minsk, Belarus In a cage There lived a mouse He liked to swim a lot of times He liked to run away from a … Read More »