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BINGO (Learn It)

Language Focus Other songs about: alphabet/spelling, intonation/rhythm

Letter recognition, simple spelling and English intonation patterns.

BINGO (Learn It) Lyrics and Actions

♫ There was a farmer had a dog
and Bingo was his name-o. [Pat your legs to the rhythm.]
B-I-N-G-O [Point to the letter picture cards.]
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o. [Pat your legs to the rhythm.]

(Place one of the "clapping hands" picture cards over the "B" picture card.)
There was a farmer had a dog
and Bingo was his name-o.
*-I-N-G-O
*-I-N-G-O
*-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.
(* = clap)

(Place one of the "clapping hands" picture cards over the "I" picture card.)
There was a farmer had a dog
and Bingo was his name-o.
*-*-N-G-O
*-*-N-G-O
*-*-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

(Place one of the "clapping hands" picture cards over the "N" picture card.)
There was a farmer had a dog
and Bingo was his name-o.
*-*-*-G-O
*-*-*-G-O
*-*-*-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

(Place one of the "clapping hands" picture cards over the "G" picture card.)
There was a farmer had a dog
and Bingo was his name-o.
*-*-*-*-O
*-*-*-*-O
*-*-*-*-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

(Place one of the "clapping hands" picture cards over the "O" picture card.)
There was a farmer had a dog
and Bingo was his name-o.
*-*-*-*-*
*-*-*-*-*
*-*-*-*-*
And Bingo was his name-o.

(Remove all the "clapping hands" picture cards.)
There was a farmer had a dog
and Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o. ♫

Preparation

Print the picture cards and use them as you sing the song. Place the B, I, N, G, and O cards at the front of the room. Before singing the song, introduce or review the letters. As you sing the song, place the "clapping hands" picture cards over the letters one by one as you progress through each verse (or print a hand card on the back of each letter and flip them over). This will help students understand when and how many times to clap in addition to developing letter recognition skills.

Classroom Benefits

"BINGO" is a popular kids' song that follows a familiar pattern. For each verse, remove one letter and replace it with a hand clap. It is a great introduction to spelling, good for listening comprehension and helps kids develop rhythm.

Activity Ideas

Pause the song before each verse and select a student to come up and cover (or turn over) the next card. 1

Instead of clapping, try rhythm sticks, tambourines, or any of your favorite noisemakers. 2

After you learn this song, you can sing it without the CD and practice spelling other words. For more information on this, see our blog post on a holiday version of BINGO. 3

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