The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain.
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.
Familiar nursery rhymes help students work on positional words (up, down) and learn new vocabulary. In music, the Alligators and Zebras sang, played, and acted “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” With rainsticks for rain, wind chimes for the sun, and a set-up of stairs with a spout onto a table and black scarves for a spider, we coordinated the nursery rhyme. As a group, we worked on the appropriate timing of the spider climbing up the stairs, washed out, and up again; rainsticks when “down came the rain” and the wind chimes with “out came the sun.”
Each student also worked on taking turns and sharing the parts. Taking turn is so hard and adding cool instruments made it even harder for several students. They worked on being flexible in choosing instruments and patiently waiting their turn for their coveted part. We did the rhyme several times in each class so students could try out the two different rainsticks, wind chimes, being the spider, and singing with the group. That really helped students get the part they wanted. Overall, the classes did pretty well in taking turns, working as a group, and attending to one activity.