Grade: all
Subject: Language

#3469. Spanish body parts (song)

Language, level: all
Posted Wed May 11 23:18:40 PDT 2005 by Sarah Pederson (
Pinole Valley High School, Pinole, CA
Materials Required: Your body :)
Activity Time: 5-10 minutes (for teaching and practice)

Basically it's head and shoulders knees and toes but in Spanish, and it works just as well.

Cabeza, hombros, piernas, pies, piernas, pies
Cabeza, hombros, piernas, pies, piernas, pies
ojos, orejasm boca, nariz
Cabeza, hombros, piernas, pies, piernas, pies

We use piernas instead of knees because in Spanish 1, they are not required to learn knees but are for legs. It sounds nicer too. Make sure the kids know what though, so they don't think they are learning a different word.

This small lesson works like a charm, gets stuck in your head, is fun, gets everyone's body moving, and helps the students remember. I did it every day for about a week and now, 3 months later they come in humming it (9-12 grade inner-city kids)! I alwasy do it first then have different students each day lead it. Due to the nature of the school, To get those who were "too cool to participate" I did a "remix" version of the song where someone would beatbox in the background as if it was a club song. They loved it.