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SONGS FOR STEP TWO
SONGS THAT ENTERTAIN AND TEACH


These songs follow the lesson plans of Step Two. You should refer to them as they are mentioned in the lesson plans. Please study the songs in advance so that you are prepared.


SONGS THAT ENTERTAIN AND TEACH

M E M O
The following songs should be read with the student pointing his or her finger to the words while singing.

This provides a good reading exercise while providing reinforcement as entertainment. When learning is fun, much knowledge can be gained!


SONG ABOUT DIGRAPHS (Sung to the traditional melody of SHORTNIN' BREAD!)

You take two consonants,
Throw them in the pot,
Cook them up together,
And what have you got?
You've got a new sound
Called a digraph,
When we spell them and we sound them,
It makes us laugh!

Everybody loves to sound
Digraphs, digraphs,
Everybody loves to sound digraphs "Wow"!
Consonants together make a brand new sound "Hey"!
Everybody loves to spell digraphs now!

Sh says sh,
Ch says ch,
Now it's your (my) turn to sing a digraph or two.

Everybody loves to sound
Digraphs, digraphs,
Everybody loves to sound digraphs "Wow"!
Consonants together make a brand new sound "Hey"!
Everybody loves to spell digraphs now!

Th says th,
Ck says ck,
Now it's your (my) turn to sing a digraph or two.

Everybody loves to sound
Digraphs, digraphs,
Everybody loves to sound digraphs "Wow"!
Consonants together make a brand new sound "Hey"!
Everybody loves to spell digraphs now!

Wh says wh,
Gh says gh.
Now it's your (my) turn to sing a digraph or two.

Everybody loves to sound
Digraphs, digraphs,
Everybody loves to sound digraphs "Wow"!
Consonants together make a brand new sound "Hey"!
Everybody loves to spell digraphs now!

Gn says gn,
Kn says kn,
Now it's your (my) turn to sing a digraph or two.

Everybody loves to sound
Digraphs, digraphs,
Everybody loves to sound digraphs "Wow"!
Consonants together make a brand new sound "Hey"!
Everybody loves to spell digraphs now!

You place the letter t
In front of ch,
You get tch,
And it's a digraph too!

Everybody loves to sound
Digraphs, digraphs,
Everybody loves to sound digraphs "Wow"!
Consonants together make a brand new sound "Hey"!
Everybody loves to spell digraphs now!

Ph says fuh,
It has the sound of an f,
You're cooking up sounds
Like a digraph chef!

Everybody loves to sound
Digraphs, digraphs,
Everybody loves to sound digraphs "Wow"!
Consonants together make a brand new sound "Hey"!
Everybody loves to spell digraphs now!



SONG ABOUT BLENDS (Sung to the traditional melody of JIMMY CRACK CORN!)


Two consonants that just seem to flow,
Into each other, hear the two sounds grow,
Each letter's sound we already know,
We hear all the letters in a blend!


Br br and cr cr,
Dr dr and fr fr,
Gr gr and tr tr,
We hear all the letters in a blend!



Str str and sn sn,
Sp sp and st st,
Sw sw and sm sm,
We hear all the letters in a blend!


Tw tw and bl bl,
Cl cl and fl fl,
Gl gl and pl pl


We hear all the letters in a blend!



SONG ABOUT VOWEL COMBINATIONS (Sung to the traditional melody of SKIP TO MY LOU!)


Together when two vowels do walk,
Only the first is allowed to talk,
In vowel combinations like ee,
The first vowel does all the talking!

Ee and ea and
Ai and ay and
Oa, two vowels may walk
But the first vowel does all the talking!

Together when two vowels do walk,
Only the first is allowed to talk,
In vowel combinations like ea,
The first vowel does all the talking!

Ee and ea and
Ai and ay and
Oa, two vowels may walk
But the first vowel does all the talking!

Together when two vowels do walk,
Only the first is allowed to talk,
In vowel combinations like ai,
The first vowel does all the talking!

Ee and ea and
Ai and ay and
Oa, two vowels may walk
But the first vowel does all the talking!

Together when two vowels do walk,
Only the first is allowed to talk,
In vowel combinations like ay,
The first vowel does all the talking!

Ee and ea and
Ai and ay and
Oa, two vowels may walk
But the first vowel does all the talking!

Together when two vowels do walk,
Only the first is allowed to talk,
In vowel combinations like oa,
The first vowel does all the talking!

Ee and ea and
Ai and ay and
Oa, two vowels may walk
But the first vowel does all the talking!



DIPHTHONGS (SUNG TO THE TRADITIONAL MELODY OF MY BONNIE LIES OVER THE OCEAN!)

A diphthong is made up of two vowels,
Sounded so both vowels are heard,
Blended together as one sound
Now you have just learned a new word!


Aw aw
Aw's the diphthong in saw,
(Echo) I see! I saw!
Ew ew
Ew's the diphthong in dew,
(Echo) For you!


Ow ow
Ow's the diphthong in bow,
(Echo) Wow! Wow!
Ou ou
Ou is the diphthong in shout,
(Echo) Shout! Shout! (Echo) Hur-ray!
Oy oy
Oy's the diphthong in boys,
(Echo) Hold it down, Guys!


VOWELS (MURMUR DIPHTHONGS) (Sung to the traditional melody of ROW ROW YOUR BOAT!)

When vowels come before r,
He rules both near and far, Commands them to obey his sound,
Boss r's a superstar!


Er, ir, ur show vowels
Controlled by r,
Er, er, er's their sound,
Boss r's a superstar!


Ire and ure show vowels
Controlled by r,
Ire and ure are their sounds,
Boss r's a superstar!


Are and ar show vowels controlled by r,
R and r are their sounds,
Boss r's a superstar!


Ore and or show vowels controlled by r,
Or and or are their sounds,
Boss r's a superstar!
Air shows vowels
Controlled by r,
Air, air, air's its sound,
Boss r's a superstar!



VOWELS/SILENT E (Sung to the traditional melody of THREE BLIND MICE!)

If vowel consonant e
To a word's end came,
The e must be quiet
And make the first vowel
Say its name!

The first vowel says its letter name
The consonant stands up tall,
The e sits at the end of the word
Saying nothing at all!

C-a-k-e! Let's play the game!
The e must be quiet
While the letter a says its name!

The first vowel says its letter name
The consonant stands up tall,
The e sits at the end of the word
Saying nothing at all!

T-u-b-e! Let's play the game!
The letter e must be quiet
While the u says its name!

The first vowel says its letter name
The consonant stands up tall,
The e sits at the end of the word
Saying nothing at all!

D-i-m-e! Let's play the game!
The e must be quiet
While the i says its name!

The first vowel says its letter name
The consonant stands up tall,
The e sits at the end of the word
Saying nothing at all!

C-o-d-e! Let's play the game!
The letter must be quiet
While the o says its name!

The first vowel says its letter name
The consonant stands up tall,
The e sits at the end of the word
Saying nothing at all!

T-i-m-e! Let's play the game!
The e must be quiet
While the i says its name!

The first vowel says its letter name
The consonant stands up tall,
The e sits at the end of the word
Saying nothing at all!



SONG ABOUT ENDING PARTS OF WORDS (Sung to the traditional melody of THREE BLIND MICE!)

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The ing in king and wing and sing
And ring and thing,
The ing in swing and spring and
String and fling,

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The ss found in hiss and kiss
And boss and loss and grass,
The ss found in mess and bless
And class and brass,

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The ll found in Bill and hill and
Still and grill and Nell,
The ll found in bell and fell and 
Tell and shell

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The alk in walk and talk and balk
And stalk and chalk,
The alk purrs softly in the
Word catwalk!

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The amp in camp and damp
And lamp and tramp and ramp,
The amp in clamp and stamp
And scamp and champ,

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The ind in bind and kind and
Hind and blind and grind,
The ind in find my mind so
I can unwind.

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The ight found in fight and
Blight and tight and Dwight,
The ight found in fright on
A bright sunlight night,

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The sound of y at the end of a
Word sounds like ee or eye,
As in pretty, silly, lady,try to
fly by in the sky!

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The ice in dice and lice and
Ice and vice and price,
The ice in mice who really
Love nice rice,

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The our in sour or
Let's devour flour.
The our in scour pots,
This is our finest hour!

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The out in shout and scout and
Clout and gout and pout,
The out in sprout and stout
Is what it's all about!

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The ound found in sound and
Round and ground and bound,
The ound seen in mound
To confound the hound,

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The old in bold and gold and
Fold and hold and mold,
The old in sold and told
And old and cold,

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The ould found in should
Has the short double o sound ood,
The ould found in could is
The same one found in would

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.
The ought in wrought and
Bought and sought and nought,
The ought's the same in
Fought and thought!

Ending sounds
Come at the end of a word,
Listen carefully and they can
Be heard.



SONG ABOUT LONG AND SHORT OO (sung to the traditional melody of HOME ON THE RANGE!)

When two os team up,
They're as cute as a pup!
Double os have two sounds that you'll hear,

Double long os say ooooo!
Double short os say ooooo!
Sing oooo and oooo. Be sincere!

Long os are in boo
(echo: Boo hoo!)
While short double os are in good and book,

A cool rule in school,
Don't be a fool in the pool,
Take a look at the shook crook In the brook!



SONG ABOUT S (SOUNDING LIKE Z) (Sung to the traditional melody of CAMPTOWN RACES!)

S, why do you sound like z
In his and has?
S, why do you sound like z
In choose and noise?


S pretends to be
The sound of a zee!


S, why do you sound like z
In busy boy's business?


SONG ABOUT HARD AND SOFT G AND C (Sung to the traditional melody of OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM!)

The sound of c and g is soft
Before vowels e, i, or y.

The sound of c and g is soft
Before vowels e, i, or y.




With a ce see
Ci sigh
Cy, ge, gi, gy



The sound of c and g is soft
Before vowels e, i, or y!

The sound of c and g is hard
Before vowels a, o, or u.



The sound of c and g is hard
Before vowels a, o, or u.

With a ca ka
Co ko
Cu, ga, go gu
The sound of c and g is hard
Before vowels a, o, or u!


Copyright  1997 by Bill and Janae Cooksey,  All rights reserved.  No part of this material may be published in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher.

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