Five little fishes swimming in the sea,
Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Shark, silent as can be.
And CHOMP! Then there were four.
The Dinosaurs loved acting and singing “Five Little Fishes.” First, we did the song with hand motions of the fish swimming, shark swimming, and the big chomp. We also used our hands as a teasing motion by our heads while saying, “You can’t catch me!” They loved counting down the fishes as the shark ate each one. “4!” “3!” “2!” “1!” “0!”
Then the Dinosaurs got to choose a fish hat or shark hat to act out the song. I did not have enough hats, so I used an octopus for a shark and a whale for a fish. Each time we did the song, I had one student lead on the microphone. Many of them enjoyed using the microphone and hearing their own voices. The shark took turns chomping a fish and most of them were just as excited to count the remaining fish. At the end, all the sharks rubbed their bellies full of fish!
The Dinosaurs did a great job at taking turns using the microphone, being the shark to eat a fish, and being an eaten fish. This activity facilitated social interactions between the students and it was precious to see how well they all played together; they were motivated to interact as to play their part as a shark or fish. Great direction followers, the Dinosaurs followed the sequence of events to the count down number of fishes. They were attentive singing sharks and fish!