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Ten In The Bed

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Language Focus Other songs about: counting, fingerplay

Counting down from 10 to 1. "Roll over!"

Ten In The Bed Lyrics and Actions

Here we go!
There were ten in the bed [Hold up 10 fingers.]
and the little one said, [Hold your hands close together, indicating 'small.']
"Roll over, roll over" [Roll hands around each other, or each student turns to the right and says, "Roll over! Roll over!"]
So they all rolled over and one fell out. [Everyone rolls to the right and the student in the first chair 'falls out' of the bed.]

Nine! [Hold up 10 fingers and then take one away, leaving 9.]
There were nine in the bed [Hold up 9 fingers.]
and the little one said,
"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Eight! [Hold up 9 fingers and then take one away, leaving 8.]
There were eight in the bed [Hold up 8 fingers.]
and the little one said,
"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Seven! [Hold up 8 fingers and then take one away, leaving 7.]
There were seven in the bed [Hold up 7 fingers.]
and the little one said,
"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Six! [Hold up 7 fingers and then take one away, leaving 6.]
There were six in the bed [Hold up 6 fingers.]
and the little one said,
"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Five! [Hold up 6 fingers and then take one away, leaving 5.]
There were five in the bed [Hold up 5 fingers.]
and the little one said,
"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Four! [Hold up 5 fingers and then take one away, leaving 4.]
There were four in the bed [Hold up 4 fingers.]
and the little one said,
"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Three! [Hold up 4 fingers and then take one away, leaving 3.]
There were three in the bed [Hold up 3 fingers.]
and the little one said,
"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Two! [Hold up 3 fingers and then take one away, leaving 2.]
There were two in the bed [Hold up 2 fingers.]
and the little one said,
"Roll over, roll over"
So they both rolled over and one fell out.

One! [Hold up 2 fingers and then take one away, leaving 1.]
There was one in the bed [Hold up 1 finger.]
and the little one said,
"I'm lonely...[sigh]" [The one remaining student lays down on the chair, then everyone shouts "WAKE UP!" and the student falls out of bed.]

Preparation

Start with 10 students seated in ten chairs in a row. If you have a large class, have 10 students act out the song while everyone else sings. If you have a class with less than 10 students, you can use stuffed animals to fill out the empty chairs, or you just start the song at whatever number of students you have. It's also a good introduction to subtraction as children countdown on their fingers.

(Thank you to Val in Argentina for introducing these actions to us!)

Classroom Benefits

"Ten In The Bed" is an incredibly popular song with young learners. It's a great song for creative play and children will want to sing it over and over again. It's also a good introduction to subtraction as children countdown on their fingers.

Activity Ideas

If you have a "Ten In The Bed" storybook, read it as you sing the song together. The teacher or parent can sing, "There were ten in the bed and the little one said..." and the children sing, "Roll over, roll over!" 1

Visit our blog for ideas on "Introducing Subtraction with 'Ten In The Bed.'" 2

See our Pinterest board on Counting for numbers related crafts, activities and storytime books. 3

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