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Down by the Track
Song for Breaking Words into Phonemes
Nancy Schimmel and Fran Avni

This song is also performed on Fran Avni's I'm All Ears: Sing Into Reading.

      In "Down by the Track" listeners take words apart into separate phonemes. In the following exercise, they hear the phonemes and answer with the blended word. Then, at the end, they take other words apart.
      SINGING GAME: players join hands in a circle, facing center. Circle counterclockwise for the first half of the verse, clockwise for the second half, saying individual phonemes where asked to. For the chorus, drop hands (still facing center of circle), make train motions for first line, then pantomime opening door, yell, and jump back, hands up in surprise. Repeat. You might leave out the direction-change for younger children.

If I give you sack, sack, sack,
What do you give me back?
/s/ /a/ /k/
If I give you tack, tack, tack,
What do you give me back?
/t/ /a/ /k/

Down by the track there's a door in a shack,
Open it a crack, say ACK! and jump back.

If I give you Jack, Jack, Jack,
What do you give me back?
/j/ /a/ /k/

If I give you pack, pack, pack,
What do you give me back?
/p/ /a/ /k/


If I give you black, black, black,
What do you give me back?
/b/ /l/ /a/ /k/

If I give you slack, slack, slack,
What do you give me back?
/s/ /l/ /a/ /k/


See more of our Preschool and Phonics Song Lyrics

Many thanks to Fran Avni for permission to display these lyrics.
© Nancy Schimmel and Fran Avni. All rights reserved.



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