1-2-3 Come End Your Day With Me.
I designed and posted this last summer, and it was such a hit, that I'm revisiting it again for a back-to-school tip.
Are you looking for an easy and fun way to end your day? One that will grab your students’ attention, help you transition them to going home when everyone is exhausted, and hopefully something that they will look forward to, so that transition is not so difficult?
Try the popular “See You Later Alligator - After While Crocodile" poem. It’s been around along time, so it’s kid-tested and teacher-approved.
I believe the original started with Dr. Jean. I’ve provided a link to her page in the packet. Click on it now to check out her awesome site!
I’ve also provided a YouTube link to Bill Haley and the Comets rock and roll song version, complete with cool swing dancing.
Oh to be able to do that again! Yup, been there, done that, when the bones were not degenerating and I wasn’t shrinking like the Wicked Witch of the West, after a thunderstorm.
This 23-page packet, is chock full of goodies that include:
1. An alligator poster. Print off 2, glue them back-to-back and suspend from your ceiling over the door as a reminder.
2. The revamped poster-poem. I've included enough verses so each child can recite one as they line up to go home. They can say their verse, wave good-bye and get in line. Hang a copy of the poem on the door, + enlarge a copy to have by your circle time where everyone can read it.
3. A traceable booklet so students can get used to reading, writing and learning the verses. Children cut and glue an animal to the matching numbered box. They will enjoy taking this booklet home and sharing it with their families.
4. Traceable animal word cards with matching picture cards to help students learn these words + a cover to make an Itty Bitty booklet. Make extra sets to turn into Memory Match Concentration games and an "I Have' Who Has?" game. Toss the animal cards into a basket and have students select one. That will be the phrase they get to recite.
They can quietly line up, walking and sounding like that animal, as they recite their verse. i.e. a mouse would squeak their verse quietly, as they scampered on all fours to the door.
5. Finally, I’ve also included an additional Good-bye Song to the tune of Up On The Roof Top. I found this on the Internet in several places so I don’t know who to give credit to. If it’s yours, please dash me an e-mail so I can give you credit, and link to your site. It’s adorable!
I really think you and yours, will look forward to ending your day in this positive way! Click on the link to view/download See you later Alligator good-bye poem packet
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