Band-Aid Chicken: the Chicken Dance Song

By Barbara Gruener and Leanne Hibbs

To add movement to this respect lesson, do the Chicken Dance together. As the music plays through the chicken motions of the dance, remind the students of their promise not to ever “peck” on anyone. Check out the words that Leanne Hibbs, a colleague in PA, and I wrote to enhance our dance! The leader talks through the verses for the little dancers and they students recite in unision, “Oh NO, not us!” and later in the song, “Oh YES, that’s us!” Enjoy the dance with your little birds!

We won’t ever “peck” on others
We won’t ever “peck” on others
We won’t ever “peck” on others

Oh NO, not us!

We will never tease or taunt
We will never tease or taunt
We will never tease or taunt

Oh NO, not us!

We will never use mean words
We will never use mean words
We will never use mean words

Oh NO, not us!

We won’t call each other names
We won’t call each other names
We won’t call each other names

Oh NO, not us!

Break (Do-si-do or do the Frankenstein or the Monkey or some other silly movements)

We won’t boss our friends around
We won’t boss our friends around
We won’t boss our friends around

Oh NO, not us!

We won’t use our hands to hurt
We won’t use our hands to hurt
We won’t use our hands to hurt

Oh NO, not us!

We will never ever bully
We will never ever bully
We will never ever bully

Oh NO, not us!

Even when nobody’s looking
Even when nobody’s looking
Even when nobody’s looking

Oh NO, not us!

Break

We will be trustworthy friends
We will be trustworthy friends
We will be trustworthy friends

Oh YES, that’s us!

We will always show respect
We will always show respect
We will always show respect

Oh YES, that’s us!

We’ll be kind and caring, too
We’ll be kind and caring, too
We’ll be kind and caring, too

Oh YES, that’s us!

We will play fair and take turns
We will play fair and take turns
We will play fair and take turns

Oh YES, that’s us!

Break

We will be responsible
We will be responsible
We will be responsible

Oh YES, that’s us!

We will be good citizens
We will be good citizens
We will be good citizens

Oh YES, that’s us!

Everywhere and all the time
Everywhere and all the time
Everywhere and all the time

Oh YES, that’s us!

We will show that Character Counts
We will show that Character Counts
We will show that Character Counts

Oh YES, that’s us!