In class, the Alligators, Owls, and Zebras are working on nursery rhymes. In music, we played, chanted, and acted “Jack Be Nimble.” With rhythm sticks in hand, students tapped a steady beat while chanting “Jack be nimble. Jack be quick. Jack jumped over the candlestick.” Each student had a turn to jump over the battery-powered candlestick and we replaced their name in the rhyme. (ex. Hilary be nimble. Hilary be quick. Hilary jumped over the candlestick.)
Students loved hearing their classmates say their names and encourage them to jump over the candlestick. Some students took a running start to jump, some students waited until the lyrics prompted them to jump, and some students jumped when they were ready. There were several variations of jumping: legs wide apart, two feet together, and jumping sideways.
Through this activity, students work on keeping a steady beat, taking turns, keeping sustained attention to the changing of names in the rhymes, and jumping. The Owls and Alligators especially loved chanting the rhyme and were so excited to change the name of the rhyme to their peers.
The students were also curious about the candle. I shared that it was a pretend candle and then they knew it was battery operated. A few students wanted to touch it and were afraid it would be hot and burn them. I showed them that it was safe to touch and gave them a chance to touch it. They know the danger of fire and to jump away from it. 🙂