How To Teach Super Simple Songs

How To Teach Five Little Ghosts

Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “Five Little Ghosts” in the classroom and at home for lots of fun learning with little ones. She has lots of great ideas! And she’ll lead us through the song using gestures – an excellent way to introduce a song to children. “Five Little Ghosts” is a spooky version of the classic nursery rhyme Five Little Ducks that practices counting down from five.

Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!

  • This is a great song to practice counting around Halloween time. The song starts with five ghosts, and slowly counts down one at a time. Encourage your students to follow along with their fingers, and they’ll be practicing counting and fine motor skills at the same time!
  • This is also a great song to start a conversation about safety on Halloween night. As the ghosts wander off, Mother Ghost becomes worried. Will all the little ghosts get back home? Talk to your students about staying close to their parents while they are out trick-or-treating and to always let their parents know where they are so they can get back home safe and sound, just like the five little ghosts.
  • Have your students pretend to be ghosts as they sing and act out the song. Have them make the spooky ghost sounds as they pretend to fly around the room.
  • Try making a ghost craft! Each student can make a ghost, and then bring their crafts together to act out the song using the ghost crafts. You can start with more than five ghosts and count down for an extra counting challenge.
  • Cut out a number of ghosts from white paper and put them on the board. Ask your students how many there are, then have them close their eyes while you remove one or more of the ghosts. When they open their eyes, ask them again how many ghosts are there?

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