I love this song and when I decided that my 2nd-3rd grade kiddos were going to do a program about emotions I knew that this song had to be included. My idea for the emotions program was that we would sing about different feelings that we might feel (happy, sad, sick, frustrated, etc.) and there'd be a song about each. It was a grand idea but I quickly hit a snafu. The problems was that there are so many emotions and my kids can only learn so many songs in the time allotted. We had songs for happy, healthy, sick, loving, but needed a catch-all song to get the rest! Luckily, this song let us explore a new emotion with each verse.
Choosing our Favorite Emotions
For the program I wanted to give them a chance to come up with lyrics and actions to go along with the song. That way they can feel some more ownership of the song and the verses and the program in general. Also, I could have written it all out or done some more traditional verses (clap, stomp, nod your head, do all three, etc.) but kids come up with wonderful and hilarious options. Why not go with their ideas and see what happens!?
I wish we could use ALL of their ideas, but the problem is that I'm doing this with a grade level for the concert and we can't have 45 verses. So we had to limit ourselves in some way. Once we sang through as a class we worked through all of them and voted for our FOUR favorite (more on that procedure in a second). I did this process with all four of my 2nd grade class sections. Then I took those 16 choices and we voted again. I talled up the top SIX favorites from the combined grade level and viola, a new arrangement was born!
Tiny Time Saver: Voting Procedure
Somehow this actually worked really well. When they wanted to vote they raised their hand and when they were done they put that hand on their head. By the time we were finished each kid had two hands on their head and had used their votes appropriately. It was great!