Well, this year a song developed out of it and I wanted to share. I took the decorations that I’ve collected over the years and put them in a corner of my room. I told all the K-1 kids when they came in that I had CAUGHT a leprechaun and I’ve magically frozen him in a little cage. I told them this story:
“Today I came into my room in the morning and there were instruments everywhere! This nasty little leprechaun was throwing instruments all around my room and was starting to bag up some instruments to take them away. He already had my golden cymbal in his bag and my golden gong, and all the silver bars off my metallophones and glockenspiels and he was about to go for THESE when I snatched him and put him in this little cage”
Then I show them the finger cymbals that I pulled off the shelf.
And then we laugh about that I say his name a few more times in my best/worst Irish accent. Then I tell the students that I even wrote a little song to sing AT him to make him mad (which is okay since he was trying to steal my finger cymbals) It’s a song to make fun of his really long and hard-to-say name! He gets really angry when you call him by something other than his name. Then we learn the song.
**Download the Sheet Music Here**
I Caught A LEPRECHAUN - The Song
My actions are:
- “I caught a…” is a pinch like you’re picking up a cat with the scruff of its neck.
- “He was very sneaky” is Mr. Burns fingers or twinkling fingers
- “I caught a... “ is the same
- “Now I call him…” and we point at him when we call him his new name.
When we’re finally ready I bring out the finger cymbals that SCDP O’Blarneystone was apparently trying to steal. I mention that if we use the cymbals that he was going to steal it might even make him more angry! So I do it a few times and add a “ding ding” on the last two syllables of each Lep-re-chaun. The kids love that and then I give some of the student’s the cymbals. Each kids gets to try once or twice and I keep asking for name ideas from kids. They love being able to give ideas for names, play the cymbals, and infuriate the leprechaun! I don't have enough cymbals for every kid so the kids who aren't playing will snap fingers instead. It's a similar action and gets them all involved. Then we rotate the finger cymbals around so that everyone gets a chance.
This can go on for as long as you want it to! I've toyed around with the idea of taking 3 minutes at the end of the previous class (a third grade class) and having them help me scatter instruments around the room as if the leprechaun had thrown them all around and I hadn't been able to pick them all up. A fun idea, but that might be more work than I want. :D