Children's Music

Rooster Walk

Lesson One | Lesson Two

Lesson One by Amy Doyle

Aim: Why are roosters important animals on a farm?

Learning Objectives
By the end of the lesson, students will:

  1. Identify the wattle and comb of a rooster in a picture.
  2. Discuss why roosters need to protect nesting hens.
  3. Define confidence.
  4. Describe how a confident person or animal acts.
  5. Walk like a rooster.



1. Photograph of a rooster that clearly shows a confident attitude and sense of self-importance
2. Stencils of roosters for students to color and crayons
3. Photograph of a rooster among hens to show difference in appearance
4. “Rooster Walk” song


Activity 1

1. Give students stencils and crayons. Tape the photograph of the rooster so students can see the wattle and the comb clearly. Tell them to say the word “wattle” as teacher points to it in the picture. Tell them to say “comb” as teacher points to it in the picture. Tell them to color the wattle and the comb on their own picture using the same color or color combination. Then they can color the rest as they like.

2. In circle, have students show their pictures and state what color they chose for the wattle and comb so that they can memorize those parts of the rooster.


Activity 2

  1. Show photograph of farm yard with rooster and hens. Explain that roosters and hens are both chickens: roosters are the boy chickens and hens are the girl chickens. Hens lay the eggs that we eat (unless we’re allergic). So what do roosters do? They protect the nesting hens. Ask students why nesting hens would need protection. They are called roosters because they sit on a fence or other seat up high so they can see any enemies (like raccoons, skunks, opossum) that might try to harm the eggs or the hens. This is called roosting.
  2. Ask students if they know anything else about roosters. What sound do they make? Why and when? (ans: sometimes all the time! Sometimes at dawn. Mostly as a way to scare away predators).
  3. Roosters have a very important job and they know it! When a creature knows they are good at something and believe in themselves, that is called “confidence.” Let’s all say, “confidence.” Ask a few students what they are confident about. Ask them how a confident person walks; what kind of facial expression a confident person has.


Activity 3

  1. Ask students how they think a rooster walks around, given how important they know they are.
  2. Play “Rooster Walk” and encourage the students to walk like a rooster or just dance like themselves!



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Lesson Two by Delores Gallo

Aim: to foster health and confidence through open-chested  breathing and playful l movement


1 ) Rooster Walk by 3D and player
2 ) Drawing materials


Learning Objectives
By the end of this lesson the students will:

1 )describe activities that make them feel proud
2) Walk in ways that show various emotions
3 ) identify the features of walk  that indicate feeling proud
4)  practice open-chested  breathing
5 ) listen actively to Rooster Walk song and follow its directions
6)  describe  feelings after Rooster exercise
7)  draw self standing proudly


Activity 1

Teacher asks, “When do you feel proud of yourself?” (e.g. when doing good work, helping someone, learning something, winning at something).  Discuss activities.


Activity 2

“Stand in a circle.  The way  we stand and walk shows how we feel.  Show me how we stand when we feel proud of ourselves.  What clues tell me you feel proud?”  Students identify postural features ( standing straight, head high, chest out).  “Let’s all walk in a circle feeling proud, walking proudly.  Let’s walk showing different feelings.  Follow my directions.  Walk calmly.  Walk energetically.  Walk shyly.  Walk in an angry way.  Walk in a silly way.  Walk proudly again.  When we walk with head up and shoulders back we can breathe more deeply and sing more forcefully.  Let’s stand and take three deep breaths with our shoulders back.  Breathe in through your nose breathe out through your mouth like you’re blowing out a candle.”


Activity 3

“Animals have different walks too.  Today we are going to hear a funny song about a rooster.  A rooster is chief of the barnyard; he walks proudly.  The song will invite us to walk like a rooster.  It says, “ puff up your chest and flap your wings and say cock a doodle do.  Let’s try it.”  Children will act out these three directions.  “Okay now let’s listen to the song and walk in a circle following the directions in the songs.”  Play song.  After Rooster Walk, teacher asks, “How do you feel now?”  Discuss.


Activity 4

“Draw a picture of yourself standing proudly.”