A - Movement, Rhymes, and Songs

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Objectives:

Kinesthetic Learners

Children learn in many different ways. Kinesthetic-tactile children learn best with hands-on and movement activities. These children concentrate better and learn more easily when movement is involved. The following activities will especially benefit kinesthetic-tactile children.

Children will develop and use gross motor skills.

Children will develop and use fine motor skills.

Children will develop balance, coordination, and rhythm.

Children will demonstrate cooperative skills while participating in physical activities.

Children will participate in group singing and/or dancing.

Children will learn the letter A and its sounds through movement, rhymes, and songs.

Children will learn words that begin with the letter A through movement, rhymes, and songs

Instructions:

Ants Go Marching

Movement Activity
Tape a giant letter A to the floor or outside area. Have children crawl around on the letter and pretend to be ants. Have an ant parade. Let children carry objects that start with the letter “A.”

The Ants Go Marching Song
Choose ten children and number them from one to ten. Hand out a stick letter A to each child. (Variation: use letter A ASL signs instead of stick letters.) Have child number one begin to march as you and the rest of the children begin to sing. At the /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/ part of the song, have all children lift the letter A in the air and make the letter A sound  /ă/.

As child number one marches and sings, have him/her perform the motion mentioned in line four. Next, have child number two join child number one and march, sing, and perform as in the first verse. Continue until all ten verses have been sung.

The Ants Go Marching
(Tune: The Ants Go Marching)

The ants go marching one by one, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching one by one, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go /ă/ /ă/
We all start with the letter A!

The ants go marching two by two, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching two by two, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching two by two,
The little one stops to tie his shoe
And they all go /ă/ /ă/
We all start with the letter A!

The ants go marching three by three, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching three by three, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching three by three,
The little one stops to climb a tree
And they all go /ă/ /ă/
We all start with the letter A!

The ants go marching four by four, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching four by four, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching four by four,
The little one stops to shut the door
And they all go /ă/ /ă/
We all start with the letter A!

The ants go marching five by five, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching five by five, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching five by five,
The little one stops to take a dive
And they all go /ă/ /ă/
We all start with the letter A!

The ants go marching six by six, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching six by six, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching six by six,
The little one stops to pick up sticks
And they all go /ă/ /ă/
We all start with the letter A!

The ants go marching seven by seven, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching seven by seven, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching seven by seven,
The little one stops to go to heaven
And they all go /ă/ /ă/
We all start with the letter A!

The ants go marching eight by eight, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/

The ants go marching eight by eight, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching eight by eight,
The little one stops to shut the gate
And they all go /ă/ /ă/
 
We all start with the letter A!

The ants go marching nine by nine, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching nine by nine, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching nine by nine,
The little one stops to scratch his spine
And they all go /ă/ /ă/
We all start with the letter A!

The ants go marching ten by ten, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching ten by ten, /ă/ /ă/, /ă/ /ă/
The ants go marching ten by ten,
The little one stops to say “THE END”
And they all go /ă/ /ă/
We all start with the letter A!

Activities:

Rhyme

For Words that Begin with A

Recite the rhyme below together and let children pretend to be ants. Let children make antennae by placing both their index fingers on top of their heads each time they hear a word that begins with the letter A.

Write letter A words on the board and point to each word while reciting the rhyme.

For Words that Begin with A
by Jolanda Garcia

For words that begin with A
Let's all be ants and say;
/ā/ ape, apron, and acorn
/ă/ apple, ant, and alligator
Say, "Hurray! I'll see you later."

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A for Airplanes

Pretend to be airplanes and move around with arms extended. Call out directions as children "fly," then "land." Hold up letter or color flashcards and only the children with that particular color or whose name begins with that letter can “fly.” When music plays, have children fly around like airplanes and then land on the letter “A” taped to the floor when the music stops.  

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