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students are invited to enact a role-play through popular children songs and chants.Classroom for Songs and Skits (I) Classroom Description In this classroom. not only can students’ activities be fostered but it is more significant to develop students’ interest in English learning through all-time favorite songs. introducing and reading the lyrics. singing along. singing. Pictures and posters presenting scenery are provided to stimulate and enrich students’ creative dramatics. Teachers efforts are directed to retelling the stories. 70 . By infusing music. lyrics and drama into the situational and experiential English learning. The classroom teachers are assigned the heavy role in implementing the tasks. and dramatic sequences for role-playing.

(2)Read the lyrics dramatically to the students.(A) Instructional Suggestions (1)Play the song several times to get students to become familiar with the melody and the lyrics. with the illustrations of posters.) 71 . (Note: The teacher can decide whether the students should have the script to read from. (3)Ask students to sing along with the CD for several times. (5)Students’ roles can be identified by the picture tags respectively. (4)Assign different roles to students. (6)Teach the lines to the students. (7)Students start the role-play with the music playing as the background.

E-I-E-I-O And on his farm he had a horse. E-I-E-I-O 72 . E-I-E-I-O And on his farm he had a pig.(B) The Songs Song 1_ Old Macdonald Had a Farm Old Macdonald had a farm. E-I-E-I-O Old Macdonald had a farm. E-I-E-I-O With a (snort) here and a (snort) there Here a (snort) there a (snort) Everywhere a (snort-snort) With a " snort-snort " here and a " snort-snort " there Here a " snort" there a " snort” Everywhere a "snort-snort" Old Macdonald had a farm. neigh" there Here a "neigh" there a "neigh" Everywhere a "neigh-neigh" With a (snort) here and a (snort) there Here a (snort) there a (snort) Everywhere a (snort-snort) With a "moo-moo" here and a "moo-moo" there Here a "moo" there a "moo" Everywhere a "moo-moo" Old Macdonald had a farm. E-I-E-I-O With a "neigh. E-I-E-I-O Old Macdonald had a farm. neigh" here and a "neigh. E-I-E-I-O And on his farm he had a cow. E-I-E-I-O With a "moo-moo" here and a "moo-moo" there Here a "moo" there a "moo" Everywhere a "moo-moo" Old Macdonald had a farm.

little lamb. It made the children laugh and play. Laugh and play. Mary went. Its fleece was white as snow And everywhere that Mary went. Mary had a little lamb.Song 2_ Mary Had a Little Lamb Mary had a little lamb. school one day It followed her to school one day Which was against the rules. Everywhere that Mary went The lamb was sure to go It followed her to school one day School one day. Little lamb. It made the children laugh and play To see a lamb at school 73 . Mary went. laugh and play.

bump. bump.open and shut The doors on the bus go open and shut All through the down (3) The money on the bus goes clink. bump. swish. swish.Song 3_ The Wheels on the Bus (1) The wheels on the bus go round and round Round and round. up and down The windows on the bus go up and down All through the town (5) The wipers on the bus go swish. swish All through the town (6) The driver on the bus cries. Clink. clink. clink. swish. bump. bump!” The driver on the bus cries. All through the town (4) The windows on the bus go up and down Up and down. bump!” All through the town 74 . “Bump. The money on the bus goes clink. “Bump. swish. bump. clink. clink. clink. swish. round and round The wheels on the bus go round and round All through the town (2) The doors on the bus go open and shut Open and shut. clink. swish The wipers on the bus go swish. bump. clink. Swish. swish. swish. clink. clink. bump!” “Bump.

wah!” All through the town (9) The people on the bus sa. All through the town (8) The baby on the bus says.”Shh. shh. shh.” “Shh. too. shh. thump. thump.” The people on the bus say. thump. wah!” “Wah. wah. shh. shh. wah! Wah. shh. wah.(7) The people on the bus go thump.”I love you. wah.” All through the town (11) The wheels on the bus go round and round Round and round.”Wah.” The daddy on the bus says. thump. shh. wah!” The baby on the bus says. thump. I love you.” ‘I love you. thump Thump. thump.” All through the town (10) The Mommy on the bus says. round and round The wheels on the bus go round and round All through the town 75 .” Shh. The people on the bus go thump.”Wah. thump.”I love you. wah. shh. shh. thump.

Old Mac! Snort--.Snort--Horse: Neigh---Neigh--.(c) The Skits Play Script 1_ Old MacDonald Had a Farm Characters: (1) Old MacDonald (2) Cow (3) Pig (4) Horse Old Mac: Oh. We need to do something special to welcome him! Cow: Right! Let’s welcome him! Pig: We can sing for him! Horse: Sure! Let’s all sing together! Old Mac: Great! We can put on a singing show. Green. He is here to visit me. Now let’s practice! (Sing the song together!) 76 .Good morning! Old Mac: Good morning. who? Old Mac: A good friend of mine. too! Breakfast for Pig. breakfast! Great! I am hungry! Moo---Pig: I am hungry. Old Mac! Moo---Moo--Pig: Good morning to you. wonderful! Snort--Horse: I can’t wait! Neigh---Old Mac: We will have a guest coming to our farm today! Cow: A guest? Pig: Who is this guest? Horse: Yeah. what a beautiful morning! Let me go see my beautiful animals! Cow: Good morning. you all! Ready for your breakfast? Cow: Oh. Mr.

can we? Can we touch her? Student 3: Babe looks cute. Mary? Mary: Well. We were together every day during summer. class. Today is the first day back to school. She looks surprised. (Miss Gold sees the lamb. Student 1: Miss Gold. Miss God: So she follows you here… Mary: I am sorry. Her name is Babe. Miss Gold: Oh. Miss Gold: It’s O. Babe just doesn’t want to be home alone. Miss Gold. How are you doing this morning? Class: Good morning. My! We have a visitor today! Mary: I am sorry.Miss Gold: Good morning. let’s take a break! We can all go to the playground. (At recess) Miss Gold: Now. can we play with Babe? Student 2: Yeah. Mary and other students sing the song together with Babe running around them!) 77 . let’s sing and play! (Miss Gold. Do you want to play with Babe? Students: Yes! Yes! Miss Gold: OK.) Miss Gold: Oh. I got this lamb as a gift from my grandpa this summer. This is my lamb.K. I wish I can have a lamb like her! Miss Gold: I am sure you can play with Babe later after class. why is your lamb here. We can all learn to know more about your lamb. Miss Gold.

Johnson: We sure are. It’s a beautiful day. Wheeler: the bus driver (2) Amy. Wheeler.Play Script 3_ The Wheels on the Bus Characters: (1) Mr. Passenger 2: Good morning. Mr. Johnson: mother of baby Amy /passenger (5) Passenger 1 (6) Passenger 2 (7) Passenger 3 (8) Passenger 4 (At the bus station) Mr. Mr. and little baby Amy! Are you going to the Grandparents’ house? Mr. Wheeler: Good morning. Johnson: father of baby Amy / passenger (4) Mrs. Mr. Mr. (Passengers boarding…) Mr. Passenger 4: Good morning. Wheeler: City Bus No. good morning. Passenger 3: Good morning. Wheeler: The grandpa and grandma must be happy to see little cute baby Amy! 78 . Johnson: Good morning. Johnson. and Mrs. Please insert the bus token.1 from Main Station to Lake Street…. Mr. Passenger 1: Good morning. and Mrs. Here is the token. and Mr. the baby (3) Mr. Wheeler: Oh.

) (Mr. Passenger 3: Right! Noisy wipers.) Passenger 1: The wipers make a lot of noise. Wheeler: Oh.) Mr. (Some passengers lift up the windows. Passenger 4: Yeah. Passenger 2: Yeah.) Passenger 3: Hey. Wheeler honks the horn and comes to a sudden stop) (Some passengers are falling off their seats. (The wipers swish.) Passenger 1: Oh. Passenger 4: The noise is very disturbing. it starts to rain. Bus tokens make the clinking sounds) Mr.(Doors open and shut.) Passenger 1: Hey. I cannot see clearly. Let me start the wipers. everybody is now on board. 79 . Wheeler: Oh. Passenger 2: Watch out! Passenger 3: Ouch! (Falling out the seat) Passenger 4: Careful! You scare us and the baby. let’s. See she starts crying now. (All passengers sing the first three stanzas. The wheels are now starting to roll. let’s. Let’s close the windows. the wind is messing my hair. slow down. it is hot in here! I think I need to open the windows. Let’s go. (Some passengers pull down the windows. Wheeler needs new window wipers. Passenger 2: Mr. (All passengers sing the 4th and 5th stanza.

Shh… Mrs. folks! The bus is starting to roll again! (All passengers sing the 11th stanza one or several times) 80 . baby! (Baby Amy is still crying. Johnson: Shh.) (Baby Amy starts crying. my baby girl. and Mrs.(Bumping onto the front seat) (All passengers sing the 6th and 7th stanza. Passenger 4: Poor baby. Don’t cry. Easy.  Don’t cry… Mr. please be quiet. Daddy loves you. Passenger 3: Dear dear baby. Johnson: Oh.        Please don’t cry. 9th and 10th stanza) Mr. baby. Don’t be scared.) Mr. She is scared. (All passengers sing the 8th. Mommy loves          you. Mommy is here. Wheeler: OK. Baby! Passenger 2: I can’t stand baby crying. Johnson: Oh. Amy.) Passenger 1: Shh. my baby.

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