Teaching Vocabulary Through Hip-Hop

posted Feb 6, 2014, 10:39 AM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Feb 6, 2014, 10:47 AM ]
We had a lot of fun yesterday with the song. It teaches vocabulary through hip-hop. This song teaches the following words: brilliant, capture, continent, crew, doze, perform, plunger, predator, primary and wander. It also has following-up questions and activities on its website.
Can I get a "roar" from my people in the back? Say "roar"!
Can I get a "oop-oop" from my people in the front? Say "oop-oop"!


Let me tell you something that’s hard to believe,
I’m a special kind of tiger, who can speak.
Other tigers "roar," but for me it’s not hard
To speak, I’m brilliant, I’m so smart.
I live in Asia, that’s a continent,
A big piece of land; I was born on it.
And my life is like…well, my life is quite nice,
wander through the jungle, and I go where I like.
I’m the type of tiger to go hunting at night,
I’m a predator; I hunt what I like.
"And what do you like?"
I like to take naps, I like to make raps,
I like to sneak up and play tricks on the other cats.
My primary love, what I love the most
Is to swim in the water and just float.
Lay back in the water, take a nap,
Fall asleep and doze as I go away…

Can I get a "roar" from my people in the back? Say "roar"!
Can I get a "oop-oop" from my people in the front? Say "oop-oop"!


One time a camera crew came to film the weather;
A crew is a bunch of people who hang out together.
They were checking the weather, till they found something better,
They found me acting cool, swimming through a pool.
They watched as I climbed high on this rock,
I smiled for the camera, then I just popped
Off the rock, yeah, I did a flip,
Then I plunged into the water, dove into it.
I did more tricks, backflips, and high kicks,
I jumped high off the rock, and I never slipped.
I entertained the crew, I performed,
They weren’t bored, no, not one of them yawned.
They didn’t put me in a cage or capture me,
But they captured my picture, put it on TV.
So the next time you see a tiger swimming on TV,
Just know that it might be me. Roar!

Can I get a "roar" from my people in the back? Say "roar"!
Can I get a "oop-oop" from my people in the front? Say "oop-oop"!
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