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The Skeleton Dance

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Language Focus Other songs about: parts of the body, left/right, Halloween

Right and left. Parts of the body (foot, leg, knee, thigh, hip, back, neck).

The Skeleton Dance Lyrics and Actions

Key Gesture
Skeleton dance - Lift your elbows up. Raise one hand. Then lower your hand while raising the other.

♫ Dem bones, dem bones, dem dancing bones. [Skeleton dance.]
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dancing bones. [Skeleton dance. Move to the right.]
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dancing bones. [Skeleton dance. Move to the left.]
Doin' the skeleton dance. [Skeleton dance.]

The foot bone's connected to the leg bone. [Point to your foot, then to your lower leg.]
The leg bone's connected to the knee bone. [Point to your lower leg, then your knee.]
The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone. [Point to your knee, then your thigh.]
Doin' the skeleton dance.

The thigh bone's connected to the hip bone. [Point to your thigh, then your hip.]
The hip bone's connected to the backbone. [Point to your hip, then your back.]
The backbone's connected to the neck bone. [Point to your back, then your neck.]
Doin' the skeleton dance.

Shake your hands to the left.
Shake your hands to the right.
Put your hands in the air.
Put your hands out of sight. [Put your hands behind your back.]

Shake your hands to the left.
Shake your hands to the right.
Put your hands in the air.
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
wiggle, wiggle...wiggle your knees. [Wiggle your whole body, moving your hands all the way down your body until they reach your knees.]

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dancing bones.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dancing bones.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dancing bones.
Doin' the skeleton dance. ♫

Classroom Benefits

Any time you want an active song to help young learners get the wiggles out, give "The Skeleton Dance" a try. Children love dancing along with the song, and in the process they learn parts of the body and right vs. left. Also, since this song does not mention Halloween, you can sing it all year long.

Activity Ideas

Sing-Along
Try this one with other parts of the body. For example, "This is my head. It's my head. This is my nose. It's my nose. This is my mouth. It's my mouth. My head, my nose, my mouth." 1

Who Has The Bone?
For this game, you will need a plastic bone. A picture of a bone is fine, too. Have everyone sit in a circle. One player is the skeleton and stands in the middle of the circle, covering his eyes. Play "The Skeleton Dance" song. The seated players pass the bone around the circle until the music stops. All of the seated players put their hands behind their backs. When the teacher says, "Okay!" the skeleton opens his eyes and tries to guess who is holding the bone. He can ask, "Do you have the bone?" Seated students reply either, "No, I don't. Try again!" or, "Yes, I do. Here you are!" The player with the bone becomes the next skeleton. 2

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Free skeleton coloring sheet to go with "The Skeleton Dance" song from Super Simple Learning.

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