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See You Later, Alligator

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Language Focus Other songs about: Hello/Goodbye, animals & insects

Saying good-bye. "See you later." "Goodbye." "It's time to go." "I don't want to go." "Alligator." "Butterfly."

See You Later, Alligator Lyrics and Actions

♫ Goodbye, goodbye. [Wave your right hand, then your left hand.]
It's time to go. [Point to your watch.]
Goodbye, goodbye.
I don't want to go. [Shake your head "no" and wave your hand in front of your face.]
See you later. [Look through your hands as if they were binoculars, and then point out.]
Alligator. [With your arms, mimic a big alligator snapping his mouth shut.]
Bye bye bye. [Do a one-handed wave, opening and shutting your hand.]
Butterfly. [Lock your thumbs together and mimic a butterfly with your hands.]
[As the music descends, slowly bend your knees until you are in a crouching position.]
Goodbye! [Jump up from your crouching position and wave with both hands.]

Classroom Benefits

"See You Later, Alligator" is a fun and simple goodbye song you can play to end class or before going home. Often, children are a little sad for class to end and this is a great way for them to express this emotion by saying "I don't want to go" and giving them the chance to say goodbye to classmates and the teacher.

Activity Ideas

Use this goodbye song on days when you are studying an animal or insect related topic, or when you read a story time book such as "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" or "A Beautiful Butterfly." 1

Make a butterfly craft and have students sing the goodbye song with it. 2

Introduce the concept of time by telling students, "It's time to go," and pointing to the clock or your watch before singing this song at the end of your lesson. 3

Mix up the gestures. Try making your "glasses" upside down, like this. Or try to snap as you point. Four and five year olds have a great time trying to master this new skill! 4

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