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A Fun Song to Practice Counting

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P.J. Auchterlonie | Caldwell Elementary | Wichita, Kansas

The teacher and students sing a song about five monkeys and count along with their fingers. They go from five monkeys to zero monkeys as they sing, making sure the number of fingers they are holding up matches the number of monkeys.

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I know a song, I know a song about five monkeys, and I’m going to sing that song. Will you sing that with me? And, while we sing I’m going to count the monkeys. You can count with me also. So, these are going to be my five monkeys. Can you show me five monkeys? One, two, three, four, five. I touched each one of my fingers while I was counting, did you do that? This is going to be the tree, and this is going to be the river. Will you help me? Five little monkeys swinging in a tree. A teasing, Mrs. Crocodile, you can’t catch me, you can’t catch me. A long came Mrs. Crocodile as quiet as can be, and SNAP! So now, I have one, two, three, four. Had to make sure I was counting them right. Did you make sure you were counting yours, right? Four little monkeys swinging in a tree. A teasing Mrs. Crocodile, you can’t catch me, you can’t catch me. Along came Mrs. Crocodile as quiet as can be, and SNAP! So, I’ve got one, two. I have one, two, three monkeys. Do you have three monkeys? Three little monkeys swinging in a tree. A teasing Mrs. Crocodile you can’t catch me, you can’t catch me. Along came Mrs. Crocodile as quiet as can be, and SNAP! I have one, two monkeys. Do you have two monkeys? Two little monkeys swinging in a tree. A teasing Mrs. Crocodile you can’t catch me, you can’t catch me. Along came Mrs. Crocodile as quiet as can be, and SNAP! I have one monkey left. Do you have one monkey left. One little monkey swinging in a tree. A teasing Mrs. Crocodile you can’t catch me, you can’t catch me. Along came Mrs. crocodile as quiet as can be, and SNAP! How many monkeys do I have left? I have no monkeys. I have zero monkeys left. Very nice.

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