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The elephant walks
Like this and like that;
(Get down on all fours and walk back and forth.)
He's very tall,
(Stand and stretch arms up.)
And he's very fat.
(Stretch arms out to sides.)
He has no fingers,
(Hold hands up, making fists to hide fingers.)
But he does have toes,
(Reach down and touch toes.)
And, goodness gracious,
What a nose!
(Grab nose between fingers and thumb of left hand; insert right arm through loop to form elephant's trunk.)
- Make sure that students know the body parts "fingers," "nose," and "toes." Ask students to stand. Call "Touch your ________!" Initially perform actions with students, then quit performing, and finally perform actions that may or may not agree with command to test students' comprehension. This is a great elimination game.
- Define the terms "this" and "that" by providing similar terms in students' native language, then place two objects various distances from you (one close; the second further away). Both should be objects that a student may keep, but one should be preferable(i.e. a sheet of paper vs. a sticker). Call a student over to you. Ask him or her, "Would you like this or that?" Whichever one the student calls is the one the student receives. Continue until all students have had a turn. They will catch on quickly. ...
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