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Poems, Songs & Fingerplays

These poems, songs and fingerplays encourage your students to be actively engaged in their learning.  Source:  http://www.canteach.ca   Enjoy!

Little Bear (to the tune of “Frere Jacques”)

Are you sleepy?  Are you sleepy,

Little bear, little bear?

Wintertime is coming,

Wintertime is coming,

Very soon, very soon.


Find a big cave.  Find a big cave,

Little bear, little bear.

Wintertime is here.

Wintertime is here.

Go to sleep, go to sleep.


Time to wake up  Time to wake up.

Little bear, little bear.

Springtime is here now.  Springtime is here now,

Wake up now, wake up now.


Five Little Tadpoles

Five little tadpoles swimming near the shore.

The first one said, “Let’s swim some more.”

The second one said, “Let’s rest awhile.”

The third one said, “Swimming makes me smile.”

The fourth one said, “My legs are growing long.”

The fifth one said, “I’m getting very strong.”

Five little tadpoles will soon be frogs.

They’ll jump from the water and sit on logs.



When I stretch up, I feel so tall.

When I bend down, I feel so small.

Taller, taller, taller, taller.

Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller,

Into a little ball.


Five Little Bears

One little bear

Wondering what to do.

Along came another

Then there were two.


Two little bears

Climbing up a tree.

Along came another.

Then there were three.


Three little bears

Ate an apple core.

Along came another.

Then there were four.


Four little honey bears

Found honey in a hive.

Along came another.

Then there were five.




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