Tuesday, January 17, 2012


When I presented my “Totally Math” workshop in CA last week I showed these visuals to use with some of my finger plays.  A teacher requested that I share these on my blog.
Five Little Hot Dogs 
Five little hotdogs frying in the pan.         (Hold up five fingers.)
The grease got hot, and one went BAM!   (Clap.)
Four little hotdogs…                                (Four fingers.)
Three…                                                   (Three fingers.)
Two…                                                      (Two fingers.)
One…                                                      (One finger.)
No little hotdogs frying in the pan.           (Hold up fist.)
The pan got hot and it went BAM!

Cut hotdogs out of paper and glue them to spring clothespins.  Draw a pan similar to the one shown on a file folder and make a slit along the middle of the pan.  Attach the hotdogs and remove one at a time as you say the rhyme.  When the pan goes “Bam!” close the file folder.

*Change the words to:  “Five little kernels sizzling in the pot.  When the oil got hot one went ‘POP’!” 
Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.  (Hold up 5 fingers.)
One fell off and broke her head.             (Touch palm to head.)
Momma called the doctor, and the doctor said,  (Hold hand to ear.)
“That’s what you get for jumping on the bed.”  (Point finger.)

No little monkeys jumping on the bed.   (Shake head “no.”)
They’re all sick with broken heads!        (Hold palms up in the air.)

*Glue paper monkeys (I found my on google images) to clothespins.  Decorate a pocket folder to look like a bed.  Remove one monkey at a time as you say the rhyme.
*Glue children’s photos to clothespins and insert their name in the chant:
“Jason, Jason, jumping on the bed…”
You could use photo clothespins for lots of other songs, transition activities, graphing, etc.