Bibbity Bobbity Boo Little Book and Pocket Chart Rhyming Activity
There is no denying that teaching activities and strategies change every year, but there are a few OLD favorites that NEVER change, even after 40 years! On the first day of school for close to four decades, I have taught my class the rhyme:
“Williby Wallaby Woo, an elephant sat on you!
Williby Wallaby Wee, an elephant sat on me!
Williby Wallaby Wennifer, an elephant sat on Jennifer
Williby Wallaby Wom, an elephant sat on Tom!”
We pass a small elephant around our circle and “CHANGE” each child’s name by replacing the first letter with a W: Susie becomes Wusie & Justin becomes Wustin. The kids love it and it’s a great way to learn names beginning on the first day of school.
Bibbity Bobbity Boo is exactly the same tune and idea! Just pass around a CREEPY SPIDER or TOUCH EACH CHILD’S HEAD WITH A MAGIC WAND instead of an elephant!
Bibbity Bobbity Bennifer, a spider crawled on Jennifer!
Bibbity Bobbity Boo, a spider crawled on you!
My kids love it even more than Williby Wallaby Woo!
Probably because of the rubbery spider!
I’ve created a Bibbity Bobbity Little Book to accompany the rhyme and a Bibbity Bobbity Pocket Chart activity too! For the Little Book, the children read the text, print words, and select or color pictures of classmates to include in their book.
Students walk around the room, looking for the classmates who’s pictures are in their individual books. Once the classmate is found, he/she prints his/her “Bibbity Bobbity Name” in the Little Book. It’s really fun to watch the kids interact with each other as they walk around the room looking for their classmates!
Once all the Bibbity Bobbity Names have been printed in the books, everyone READS! This is a great book to use a “magic wand” in lieu of a “reading wand” to track the text. For individual reading, provide “plastic or edible pointy fingers” to track the text. Kids love to track text using these pointy fingers!
Bibbity Bobbity Boo provides your students the opportunity to practice phoneme substitution in a fun way! I introduce this concept using my pocket chart. My pocket chart has always been one of my most effective teaching tools!
The Bibbity Bobbity words are printed on large rectangles that are ready to cut out and laminate! All you need to do is place them in your pocket chart and begin!
Every child in the group selects one or more of the 25 pictures. Begin reading the rhyme in your pocket chart, touching each word as you say it with a “reading wand” or MAGIC WAND!
“Bibbity Bobbity Boo! Can you find a.... “
The child that is holding the picture that rhymes with Boo, places it in the pocket chart and reads the rhyme again.
“Bibbity Bobbity Boo …. Can you find a.... shoe?”
Continue reading the rhyme until the pictures are gone! After modeling this activity, make it a center activity! My kids love to use a “magic wand” to track the text in the pocket chart.
Bibbity Bobbity Boo, Happy October to You!