I love teaching concepts in units of learning. Students are much more apt to remember and retain the concepts and skills through sequential skill development, repetition and then through performance. I also believe that they retain the concepts and skills when they can connect their learning to a positive experience–like playing games. So I took these familiar game songs and put in a new game. I know my students love dogs and they love pretending to be dogs and to play with dogs.
When I teach the “I Had a Dog” game, the students look at me like I’m a bit crazy! I say-yes! I want you to pretend to be a doggie and roll to your master-then bark at him…then I ask them to think of what kind of dog they might be. Are they a small little terrier or a big German shepherd? I absolutely love watching them play act like little dogs. They love this game and I do too because we’ve learned all about “la” and ti-ti and ta.
If you’re interested, I have these two games in a resource in my store. They’re classics with a Sing Play Creatively twist-that your students will love.