Teaching Parts of the Body with the Scarecrow Song

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One of my favorite movies of all time, "The Wizard of Oz", inspired the song I’m sharing today.  It’s about a scarecrow who just can’t scare the crows away, just like the character in the movie.  This song is perfect for fall, and it also addresses an important educational area: learning body parts.

The lyrics of "Scarecrow Song" mention several different body parts, including the head, feet, elbows, knees, nose, and ears.  Here are just a few ways to use the song as a teaching tool for this particular subject.

  •    Using either a real or illustrated scarecrow, have your students place paper crows on each body part as it is sung.
  •    Have students touch or point to each body part at the appropriate time as the song is sung or played.
  •    As you (the teacher or leader) are singing the song, point to each body part.  Do not sing the body parts, though; let the students fill in the blanks.
  •    Change the order of verses in the song so that students do not simply memorize the order of the body parts as they are mentioned.  Keep them on their toes!

Listen to "Scarecrow Song" in the audio player, below.
See my Listen & Learn: Fall collection 
     and SongsForTeaching’s Songs for Teaching the Parts of the Body.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

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What’s big and orange and grows on the ground?
Why, pumpkins, of course!  It’s that time of year when they start popping up everywhere, including classrooms.  Many schools hold pumpkin-decorating contests, which I always loved as a child.  Our students love decorating pumpkins, both actual and on paper.  

Pumpkins have many uses during the fall season, many of which can be incorporated into classroom activities.  The song I wrote, "Pumpkin, Pumpkin", features several of them:

  •    Pumpkin picking
  •    Carving Jack-O’-Lanterns
  •    Making pumpkin pie
  •    Roasting pumpkin seeds

I use this song both as a precursor to those activities, and just for fun while students are drawing or decorating pumpkins.  What are your favorite pumpkin songs?  

Listen to "Pumpkin, Pumpkin" in the audio player, below.
See my Listen & Learn: Fall collection 
     and SongsForTeaching’s Songs About the Seasons and Halloween Songs.

Bill Harley’s “Wash Your Hands” Song: Free Download

Wash Your Hands
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
Reprints with permission only.

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When you’re sitting in class, there’s a tickle in your nose
Then you let out a sneeze, it finally explodes
You look down at your hand, it’s all covered with that goo
Don’t wipe it anywhere, you know what to do
You gotta wash your hands (lávate las manos)
Wash your hands (lávate las manos)
Wash your hands (lávate las manos)
Wash your hands (lávate las manos)
Everyone’s got germs but you keep them to yourself
Keep the colds and the flu up there on the shelf
If you want to stay healthy, there’s a little trick
Do it everyday and you don’t get sick
When your stomach is growling and it’s time to eat
Your body is hungry from your head down to your feet
Don’t eat just yet, you gotta stop, you gotta think
Before you eat your food, put your hands in the sink
Those sneaky little germs don’t want you to wash
They want everything dirty, oh yeah, my gosh
They love it when your hands are grimy and sticky
Then they grow and multiply, they’re icky icky icky!
Put your hand in your mouth and then on the door
Someone grabs the doorknob and walks across the floor
Their hand gives a pencil to someone who’s their friend
The pencil in the mouth, you know the circle never ends
And now – washing hands by the number
1 use soap and water
2 you make it bubble up
3 you rub them while you sing the alphabet (abc, etc)
4 rinse them off
5 dry them too
The germs go down the drain and everything’s cool!
It’s just a simple thing it’s hard to believe
But if everybody did it how wonderful it’d be
We could stop the flu from spreading ‘cross the land
If everybody everywhere would wash their hands

Wash Your Hands: Free Song from Bill Harley

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Bill Harley wrote his "Wash Your Hands" song to remind kids that hand washing will help to prevent the spread of the flu. The four important things to remember are:
       1)      Get vaccinated
       2)      Cover your cough
       3)      Wash your hands
       4)      Stay home when you’re sick

Many thanks to one of the funniest and loveable contributors to the world of children’s music, Bill Harley, for this song. 
You can download it for free by clicking