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Slithery, Slimy
Earth Worm


I had an earth worm
A slithery, slimy earth worm
I had an earth worm
For my fish bait

So I took the earth worm
The slithery, slimy earth worm
And put it on the hook
To await its fate

I cast the earth worm
The slithery, slimy earth worm
Beneath the murky surface
To catch some fish

I wiggled the earth worm
The slithery, slimy earth worm
Until a fishy gulped it
But it was too late

I don’t have an earth worm
A slithery, slimy earth worm
But I have a fish for dinner
Mom thinks that’s great.

Teaching Process:
1. Teach the poem by rote alternately keeping the steady beat and the rhythm.
2. When the students know the poem well, hide the words in your head and perform only the rhythm.
3. For older students you might try perform the piece with half the class keeping the steady beat and half the class playing the rhythm using different body percussion or non-pitched percussion instruments.
4. Decide on a “body sound” to represent or replace the word.
6. Perform the poem again with the body percussion, hiding the words in their heads. Replace the body percussion with non-pitched percussion.
7. Perform the piece again using only non-pitched percussion. Create an introduction and coda (short ending).
8. Teach the melody that goes with the poem. Add the instrumental accompaniment. Record the class singing the piece and burn it to a CD to be used in the listening center.





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