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After A While, Crocodile

Language FocusOther songs about: Hello/Goodbye, animals & insects

"See you later." "See you again next time." Animals (alligator, crocodile, butterfly).

After A While, Crocodile Lyrics and Actions

Key Gestures:
Alligator - With your arms, imitate an alligator's mouth snapping shut.
Crocodile - Same as alligator.
Butterfly - Lock your thumbs together and mimic a butterfly with your hands.

♫ See you later, alligator. [Look through your hands as if they were binoculars, and then point out. Alligator gesture.]
After a while, crocodile. [Open the alligator mouth slowly and then snap it shut when you say crocodile.]
Bye bye, butterfly. [Wave your hands. Butterfly gesture.]
See you again next time. [Look through your hands as if they were binoculars, and then point out.]

See you later, alligator.
After a while, crocodile.
Bye bye, butterfly.
See you again next time.
See you again next time. [Look through your hands as if they were binoculars, and then point out. Raise your hands in the air!]

Classroom Benefits

This is a great song to end a lesson with on a high note.

What's the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?

With very young learners, teaching the fine distinction between alligators and crocodiles can be a little confusing. We recommend simply starting by saying they are very similar. As children grow older, or if you have the time to explore this with your very young learners, you can explore some of the differences:

Here are a few differences to help distinguish alligators from crocodiles.
Alligators have u-shaped snouts.
Crocodiles have more v-shaped snouts.
Alligators' upper teeth often show when the mouth is closed.
Crocodiles' upper and lower teeth show when the mouth is closed.
Alligators generally live in fresh water.
Crocodiles generally live in salt water or water that is brackish (has more salt than typical fresh water.)

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Activity Ideas

Try singing this song when it is time to put away toys. Say, "Let's clean up!" and then start singing "See you later, alligator," to all the different toys. 1

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