Rene chose to highlight manatees, narwhals, walruses, and seals in this particular song, and I had a lot of fun doing the research necessary to write the verses about each creature. The rhyming was a little tricky, but both Rene and I are happy with the results…and hopefully her pre-kindergarten students will be, too!
Ooh, mammals – they’re everywhere. You and I are mammals, we have hair and breathe air. So are lots of animals you’d find at the zoo, And even some that live in the water, too!
MAH, MAH, MAH…MANATEES! They live in the water and they swim so slow, They’re gray in color and eat plants, you know. Manatees are gentle even though they’re really big, With their flippers and their tail and snout (like a pig). Mah, mah, mah.
NAH, NAH, NAH…NARWHALS! They travel through the sea; their long tusk leads the way, They eat fish and shrimp and squid all day. Narwhals are a special kind of whale, They swim in groups and their bodies are pale. Nah, nah, nah.
WAH, WAH, WAH…WALRUSES! They live in the Arctic, on the ice so cold, But their blubber on their body keeps them warm, I’m told. Walruses have whiskers and tusks so long, Their bodies are brown and huge and strong. Wah, wah, wah.
SAH, SAH, SAH…SEALS! They live both on land and in the sea, And their whiskers help them find lots of fish to eat. Seals can be black, or gray, or brown, And they make a funny grunting sound. Sah, sah, sah.
Ooh, mammals – they’re everywhere. Just like us, these animals have hair and breathe air. But they don’t live in a house or at the zoo, Mammals live in the water, too!
Rene has some time before she starts her ocean unit, so she’s going to create visuals to accompany the song — and I can’t wait to see how they turn out. If you’re in need of a song for a specific topic, skill or concept, click here to learn more about my custom song package.