Hand-Clap Songs Across the Curriculum


  • Katherine E. Batchelor,

  • William P. Bintz


This teaching tip focuses on using hand-clapping to teach content area material across the curriculum. We begin with a brief history of hand-clap songs, followed by a rationale for using them in content area literacy. Then, we describe the instructional lesson, share samples that resulted, and discuss lesson extensions. Our goal is to have participating teachers engage in and learn from activities like the one instructional lesson provides. Our hope is that other teachers across grade levels and content areas will adopt or adapt this lesson to help their own students use hand-clap songs to learn content material across the curriculum.