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Counting Bananas

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Language Focus Other songs about: counting, food, left/right

Counting from 1 to 20. Banana/bananas (initial awareness of countable nouns and plurals).

Counting Bananas Lyrics and Actions

♫ One banana, two bananas,
one, two, three. [Count to three on your fingers.]
Three bananas for me! [Point to yourself.]
Four bananas, five bananas,
four, five, six. [Count to six on your fingers.]
Six bananas for me! [Point to yourself.]
Seven, eight, nine, ten! [Count to ten on your fingers.]
Ten bananas for me! [Point to yourself.]
Eleven, twelve, thirteen. [Pretend to pick bananas from a banana tree.]
Thirteen bananas for me! [Point to yourself.]
Fourteen, fifteen, sixteen. [Pretend to pick bananas from a banana tree.]
Sixteen bananas for me. [Point to yourself.]
Seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty! [Pretend to pick bananas from a banana tree.]
Twenty bananas for me. [Point to yourself.]
Bananas to the left. [Put your hands together up high over your head and step to the left.]
Bananas to the right. [Put your hands together up high over your head and step to the right.]
Bananas turn around. [Put your hands together up high over your head and turn around.]
Bananas sit down. [Everyone sit down.]

Now peel your bananas and take a bite! [Pretend to peel a banana and take a big bite!]

Classroom Benefits

This is a simple, fun counting song, giving kids another chance to practice counting up to twenty. It's a great break between sections of a lesson and ends with students seated and ready for the next activity.

Activity Ideas

Use the Counting Bananas flashcards. First, put them in order and have students point to them. Next, mix them up and try it again. 1

Make a banana or monkey related craft. See our Pinterest board for ideas. 2

Use this song with "Five Little Monkeys" for a fun monkey lesson day. 3

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