Each day I am visited by a menagerie of birds, reptiles, mammals and insects. If they don’t come to my house then I go out and see them on the local walking tracks. I am fortunate to live near a rainforest and with a photographer. I wanted to document the other denizens of this area so created a blog, Morgan’s Wild Life.
I have written lots of raps and rhymes about Australia’s indigenous animals, some you can see on video here.
However, when I saw this koala perched in the fork of a tree I just started to sing and because trees are home to many different species, this is the song that came.
It can be adapted to suit the specific animals or ecosystems you want to sing about. Below are some learning outcomes.
Tune: There’s a Brown Girl in the Ring
(traditional West Indian children’s song, made famous in1970s by the band Bony M)
There’s grey koala in the tree,
La la la la la,
A grey koala in the tree,
La la la la la la,
There’s a grey koala in the tree,
La la la la la,
And its blinking at you and at me.
2. There’s a white cockatoo in the tree,
And it’s squawking at you and at me.
3. There’s a green tree snake in the tree,
And it’s hissing at you and at me.
4. There’s a brown cicada in the tree,
And it’s singing for you and for me.
5. There’s a striped goanna in the tree,
And it’s flicking its tongue at you and me.
6. There’s a spotted tree frog in the tree,
And it’s croaking at you and at me.
7. There’s a red dragonfly in the tree,
And it’s flapping its wings at you and me.
8. There’s a blue wren in the tree,
And it’s chirping at you and at me.
9. There’s a black flying fox in the tree,
And its calling to you and to me.
10. There’s a rainbow lorikeet in the tree,
And it’s chattering at you and at me.
Identifying the different groups of animals: mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.
Identifying colours and patterns on animals.
Vocabulary extension as movements and sounds are identified.
Discussion on habitat and whether the creatures live in a tree, use it as a food source and/or visit it.
Presentation:- build visually on the song by reading a picture book that features a creature(s) in the song or making a story board with a tree with cut out pictures of the creatures that children can place in the tree.