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Jingle Bells (Learn & Sing)

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Language Focus Other songs about: Christmas

Introduces the classic holiday favorite, "Jingle Bells."

Jingle Bells (Learn & Sing) Lyrics and Actions

Key Gestures
Snow - Move both open hands downward with your fingers wiggling.
Sleigh - Make V shapes with your index and middle fingers on both hands. With your palms facing your chest, move your hands down and forward, like a sleigh sliding on snow.
Jingle bell - Pretend to ring a bell.

♫ Dashing through the snow, [Snow gesture.]
in a one-horse open sleigh. [Sleigh gesture.]
O'er the fields we go, [Move your flat right hand over your flat left hand.]
laughing all the way. [Pretend to laugh.]
Bells on bobtails ring, [Jingle bell gesture.]
making spirits bright. [Starting with your closed hands in front of your chest, open your hands up and outwards.]
What fun it is to ride and sing [Clap your hands and sing with a big smile.]
a sleighing song tonight. [Sleigh gesture.]

Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, [Jingle bell gesture with one hand, then with your other hand.]
jingle all the way. [Jingle bell gesture with both hands.]
Oh what fun it is to ride [Clap your hands and sing with a big smile.]
in a one-horse open sleigh. [Sleigh gesture.]

Hey! Jingle bells, jingle bells,
jingle all the way.
Oh what fun it is to ride
in a one-horse open sleigh.

Okay, everyone together now!
(repeat) ♫

Classroom Benefits

"Jingle Bells" is an absolute favorite around the world, but traditional versions are usually too fast for young learners to keep up with. This Super Simple version keeps the words the same, but slows the song down and adds a call-and-response verse so that emerging speakers can follow along.

Activity Ideas

Sing-Along
Use the sing-along track to teach another verse of "Jingle Bells." The sing-along version is also great for Christmas performances. 1

Which Bell?
Collect some bells. Any bells are okay (jingle bells, a bicycle bell, a kitchen timer, a bell for a pet's collar, etc.). Lay the bells on the ground or on a table and play with them, listening to each of the sounds. Next, ask the child to close his eyes. Ring one of the bells. Ask him to open his eyes. Ask, "Which bell?" Try again with a different bell. Take turns. 2

Who Has The Jingle Bells?
Bring some small jingle bells attached to a piece of string to class. Pass them around the circle, letting each child shake them to hear what they sound like. Next, have the students make a big circle, so that they are standing at least three or four feet from one another. Tell the students to close their eyes. As "Jingle Bells" is playing in the background, walk around the circle behind the students. Tape the jingle bells to one student's back. Tell the students to open their eyes, then ask them, "Who has the jingle bells?" By looking at each other's faces, the students try to guess who has the jingle bells. Then, on the count of three, all of the students jump at the same time so that the bells jingle. The students guess once more who has the jingle bells.
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