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Who Took The Cookie?

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Language Focus Other songs about: food, games, intonation/rhythm

Question and answer intonation. "Who me?" "Who _____?" Practicing English rhythm.

Who Took The Cookie? Lyrics and Actions

[Create a beat with everyone patting their legs and clapping their hands. Pat, clap, pat, clap, pat, clap.]
Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?
[Tanja] took the cookie from the cookie jar.
Who me? [Student points to herself.]
Yes, you! [Students nod their heads "yes" and point at the student.]
Not me! [Student shakes her head "no."]
Then who? [Everyone shrugs their shoulders.]

Troy! [Tanja points at Troy.]

[Make a rhythm with everyone patting their legs and clapping their hands to the beat. Pat, clap, pat, clap, pat, clap.]
Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?
[Troy] took the cookie from the cookie jar.
Who me?
Yes, you!
Not me!
Then who?

Knocky!

Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?
[Knocky] took the cookie from the cookie jar.
Who me?
Yes, you!
Not me!
Then who?

Devon!

Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?
[Devon] took the cookie from the cookie jar.
Who me?
Yes, you!
Okay, okay...I took the cookie!

I took the cookie from the cookie jar.
The yummy, yummy cookie from the cookie jar.
Are you hungry?
Uh-huh.
Let's share! ♫

Preparation

Have the children sit in a circle. Show them a cookie jar or a picture of a cookie jar and say, "Yummy...cookies! I'm going to have a cookie!" Look inside the cookie jar and then say, "Oh no! No more cookies! Who took the cookie from the cookie jar? Pedro? Did you take the cookie? Rina? Did you take the cookie? Who took the cookie?" Even children with very little English ability will understand this conversation when demonstrated this way.

Next, have everyone make a beat by patting their laps then clapping their hands (pat, clap, pat, clap, pat, clap, pat, clap). Don't go too fast! Set a slow pace at first. As you pat and clap your hands, do the following chant (with the teacher demonstrating first):
All: Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?
Leader: Pedro (student's name) took the cookie from the cookie jar!
Pedro: Who, me?
All: Yes, you!
Pedro: Not me!
All: Then who?
Pedro: Rina!
All: Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?
Rina took the cookie from the cookie jar!
Rina: Who me?
All: Yes, you!
Rina: Not me!
All: Then who?
Rina: Isabella!
All: Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?
Isabella took the cookie from the cookie jar?
Isabella: Who me?
All: Yes, you!
Isabella: Not me!
All: Then who?
(Repeat, naming all of the students in the class or in your group. If you are doing it at home, name all the members of the family.)

With older kids, you may want to introduce an element of competition. Try to keep the beat steady and if a child can't think of another student's name and stay on the beat, they are "out." For example:
All: Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?
Pedro took the cookie from the cookie jar.
Pedro: Who me?
All: Yes, you!
Pedro: Not me!
All: Then who?
Pedro: Umm... Umm... Umm...
Leader: Time's up!
Make a rule that you can't repeat a name, so if you go through all of the names and nobody is left, the last student will be "out." To make it even more challenging and to speed up the game, speed up the beat!

You can also play this game with a pretend cookie (simply cut a circle out of a brown cardboard box and draw chocolate chips on it with a black marker). Have all of the children (seated in a circle) close their eyes. Walk around the circle and place a "cookie" under one of the children so that none of the other children can see it (tap that child on the shoulder so she knows she has the cookie). Tell all of the children to open their eyes. Everyone can look at each other to try and guess who has the cookie. Start the chant once more:
All: Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?
Leader: Pedro (student's name) took the cookie from the cookie jar!
Pedro: Who, me?
All: Yes, you!
Pedro: Not me!
All: Then who?
Pedro: Rina!
All: Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?
Rina took the cookie from the cookie jar!
Rina: Who me?
All: Yes, you!
Rina: (Takes the cookie out from under her) Okay, okay...I took the cookie (or a simple "yes" will do).

You can sing the song from the CD before and/or after playing the game to help the kids remember the words and the rhythm. The names used in the song are Tanja, Troy, Knocky (the Knock Knock English mascot), and Devon. You can assign those names to some of the students in the class. Or you can play the CD as you play the game, and just substitute the names of students.

Classroom Benefits

The question and answer patterns learned in "Who Took The Cookie?" are great for a variety of classroom situations. After students have learned the "Who.....? question pattern from the song, it can easily be used to ask classroom questions like, "Who has a pencil?" "Who needs crayons?" "Who took my eraser?" etc. "Who Took The Cookie?" is also another great song for practicing English rhythm and intonation.

Activity Ideas

Young children really enjoy the rhythm of this song so try playing it in the background during other activities and they'll be singing it in no time. 1

Who Took The Cookie? Card Game

Print and play with the "Who Took The Cookie?" game cards. These cards allow you to play "Who Took the Cookie?" with as few as two people or as many as you have in your class. Also, when you play with these cards, nobody knows who has the cookie…even the student who has it! (When you play the regular version of "Who Took the Cookie?" younger students may have trouble keeping it a secret that they have the cookie.) First, print the "Who Took the Cookie?" cards (and laminate them if possible). With two players, shuffle the cards and deal four cards to each player. Each player, without looking at the cards, puts the four cards in a row in front of them. Chant the "Who Took the Cookie?" chant. When it's someone's turn to answer if they have the cookie or not, they turn one card over to check, and then answer. Continue back and forth until one of the players turns over the cookie card. Each time a student turns over a card, the suspense builds. Children will want to play this game again and again, so it really gives them great practice! For variation, print two or three cookie cards so that when one cookie card is turned over, the game continues! For more than 2 people or a larger class, print several sets of the "Who Took the Cookie?" cards (and laminate them if possible). You can deal one card to each student, or several cards to each student. The more cards each student has, the longer the game will continue. For larger groups, print several cookie cards so that the game continues even after one of the cookies is found. With very large classes, print several sets of the cards (black and white will work just fine), and have the students play in groups of five or six.

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