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Listen and Learn Music: The Digit Dance

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Digit Dance

Memorizing a string of numbers can be challenging, but it is absolutely necessary for each and every child to know his/her home phone number. And what is the best way to learn? Why, with a song, of course! "Digit Dance" makes this task a little more fun...I used a made-up phone number for the first half of the song, so just replace that with the child's number when you put this tune to use.

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I have a little boogie that I do,
When I share my phone number with you.
There are seven numbers that you need to know,
So I’ll say them nice and slow:
_ _ _-_ _ _ _

Do the digit dance, do the digit dance,
_ _ _-_ _ _ _
Do the digit dance, do the digit dance,
_ _ _-_ _ _ _

Memorize your number and don’t forget,
Not to share it with the people you just met.
You can tell it to your teacher or friend,
Now I’ll say it once again:
_ _ _-_ _ _ _

Do the digit dance, do the digit dance,
_ _ _-_ _ _ _
Do the digit dance, do the digit dance,
_ _ _-_ _ _ _

A great way to adapt this song is to use sign language when listing the phone number. That way, non-hearing students can still benefit, and everyone can work on signing skills at the same time. You could also play a game using this song, where you take turns pointing to a student, and that student fills in his/her own phone number.

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At April 21, 2009 at 3:29 PM , Blogger Daniel Tague, MME, MT-BC said...

Great song Rachel! I really like how you verbalize the number and then sing the number. This accommodates different types of learners. Your recording can work well for teachers too because you play the tune and leave a space for their students to fill in the number later in the song. Catchy tune! I will be singing this one later on today I am sure!

At April 21, 2009 at 8:48 PM , Blogger Rachel Rambach said...

Thanks, Daniel! I thought it was important to both speak and sing the number - I'm glad you agree. I have had it stuck in my head all day :)


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