Are you ready for Halloween? Add “Marching Monsters” to your Halloween activities It builds phonemic awareness and is super fun to do!
I’m gifting you with these Google slides. You can print them or just share on your device. You can easily sync your music to these slides.
There are four Halloween characters in this song–monsters, skeletons, witches, and jack-o-lanterns. Have fun pretending to be the four characters. Practice the four verbs– march, skip, sway side-to-side in a waltz, and jump! Now put them together.
“How can we march like monsters? (Who doesn’t love marching like monsters???!)
How can we skip like skeletons?
How do you waltz? How can we waltz like witches? (sway side to side)
How can we jump like jack-o-lanterns?”
Practice “Turn around and stop!”
Note: Moving and stopping is an essential movement skill for very young learners.
For very little ones, skipping is a new skill. Try walking with a little hop. Or galloping.
Here are the lyrics. You can also find them in the slide show above.
Words and music by Kathleen Kampa
1. Marching monsters! Happy Halloween! Boo!
Marching monsters! Happy Halloween! Boo!
Marching monsters, Turn around and stop! (hold)
Marching monsters Happy Halloween! Boo!
2. Skipping skeletons! Happy Halloween! Boo! . . .
3. Waltzing witches! Happy Halloween! Boo! . . . .
4. Jumping jack-o-lanterns! Happy Halloween! Boo! . . . .
Just watch the video and have fun!
Did you notice that you can build phonemic awareness with this song too? The word pairs begin with the same initial sound. You can separate the verbs and nouns. Students match.
For a bigger challenge, write the letters m, sk, w, j, and h on the board. What pair of words begins with these letters in the song?
m-> marching monsters
sk-> skipping skeletons
w-> waltzing witches
j-> jumping jack-o-lanterns
h-> Happy Halloween!
Want to add a cute monster craft? http://acupcakefortheteacher.blogspot.jp/2012/07/my-frankenstein-craftivity.html
We hope that your students enjoy singing and dancing throughout the month of October. The music for this song and other Halloween favorites (Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Skeleton Dance, Marching Monsters, I’m A Witch) are available on Kathy Kampa’s Special Days and Holidays.
If you like this, my second album has more happy songs for children that have grown in my young learner classroom. Dance like falling leaves, bloom like a spring flower, move through the butterfly life cycle . . . . you’ll find LOTS of fun and magic in this album, too.
Kathy Kampa is a passionate educator of young learners. She seeks to nurture children’s imaginations and spark creativity through fun and engaging activities. Kathy believes that movement should be a part of every young child’s learning.
Kathy is the co-author of Magic Time, Everybody Up, Oxford Discover, and Beehive (all by Oxford University Press). She has composed music for Tokyo Shoseki’s English language courses.