A piggyback song is a familiar tune that has different words. A piggyback song is a great tool for the classroom because it can be used for so many different things. One of those things could be to help children remember a new concept. Another thing piggyback songs are great for could be different holidays or themes. Also, one of the uses I have seen piggyback songs work great for are learning months of the year and days of the week. These are catchy tunes that are a great teaching tool for children of any age.


Piggyback Song #1
Checking For Shadows (to the tune "Up on the Housetop")
http://www.preschoolexpress.com/music_station04/music_station_feb04.shtml

Out of his hole
The groundhog came,
Checking for sun
Or maybe rain.

He came to see
If his shadow was there.
Was Spring coming,
Was it in the air?

Ho, ho, ho, Spring’s so slow.
Ho, ho, ho, winter must go –o.
Out of his hole
The groundhog came.
Should he go
Back home again?

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Piggyback #2
Days of the Week (to the tune of "The Addams Family)
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems4.html

Days of the week, (snap snap)
Days of the week, (snap snap)
Days of the week,
Days of the week,
Days of the week. (snap snap)

There's Sunday and there's Monday,
There's Tuesday and there's Wednesday,
There's Thursday and there's Friday,
And then there's Saturday.

Days of the week, (snap snap)
Days of the week, (snap snap)
Days of the week,
Days of the week,
Days of the week. (snap snap)

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Piggyback #3
Months of the Year (to the tune "Ten Little Indians")
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems4.html

January, February, March, and April,
May, June, July, August, and September,
October, November, and December,
These are the months of the year.

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Arbor Day Song (Sung to "Row Row Row Your Boat")
Plant, plant, plant a tree
Watch it grow up tall
On Arbor Day we help the Earth
Even though we’re small

Plant, plant, plant a tree
Apple, pine or pear.
Do your part on Arbor Day,
The earth must not be bare.