Roll Over!

(There Were Ten In The Bed)

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Approximate Time of Lesson: 25-30 minutes

Roll Over! by Mordicai Gerstin, Crown Publishers, Inc. 1984

Objectives: At the end of this lesson the children will:

-Improvise on classroom instruments

-Use basic subtraction skills

-Sing words that repeat

Musical Skills: singing and playing a variety of classroom instruments

Lesson Sequence

1. Anticipatory Set: What do we do when we get tired? (wait for children's responses.) Today we are going to read a book about animals falling out of a bed.

2. Learning the Song: Sing the song to the children. "There were ten in the bed and the little one said, 'Roll Over, roll over'. So they all rolled over and ... fell out".  (Repeat this until the last animal has fallen out.)  Then sing, "There was one in the bed and the little one said, 'Good night!'"

Animals in the Song / Book:
       1 Aunt Alligator
       2 Brother Beaver
       3 Cousin Camel
       4 Grandpa Goat
       5 Grandma Goose
       6 Mother Mouse
       7 Papa Pig
       8 Sister Seal
       9 Uncle Unicorn

-Explain to the children that they are going to sing two parts of the song. First of all, you will sing "Roll Over, Roll Over!" after I sing "There were ... in the bed and the little one said" that is were you sing, "Roll Over, Roll Over!" Repeat after me, "Roll Over, Roll Over!" I will then sing: "So they all rolled over and ... fell out." The second part you will sing will be at the end of the book. I will sing: "There was one in the bed and the little one said," and then you will sing, "Good night!" Repeat after me, "Good night!" Make sure you sing all the singing parts to them so they can repeat those parts to you.

-Tell the children, now I'm going to sing part of the song to you and you will sing your part of the song to me; (as stated above.) Prompt the students if they need help remembering the words to the song.

-Now, Give ten of the students a piece of a strip of paper, with a animal's name written on it. Have those students pick an instrument to play when their animal falls out of the bed.

-Read the story (singing it) and have the children sing at the refrain ("Roll over, Roll Over!") and play their instruments when their animal falls out of the bed ("... falls out.") At the end of the book, the students will sing: "Good night!"

3. Closure: What are some words we wang when we read this book? Remember that we can express ourselves by the tone of our voices. How many animals were in the bed at the beginning of the book? (10.) How many animals were there in the bed at the end of the book? (Zero, none.)


Book (If you can't find the book, just use the drawings to sing the song.)

Different classroom instruments

Strips of paper with the 9 animals from the book

Roll Over Animals
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5

Note:  You might want to save the images and place them into a file and then print them out on paper.

Paper plates, paper bags, or cardboard (for animals drawings).

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