Big Jim Wheeler
Being "happy" is a feeling. When we feel happy we often smile and have a lot of energy to do fun things. Different things make each of us happy. Feelings change - sometimes we feel happy, sometimes sad and sometimes mad. It's important to be able to label your feelings - to know what you're feeling and give it a name. It's also important to know that feelings are not permanent and that they'll change over time.
"If You're Happy & You Know It" is a repetitive song that requires listening and following a simple direction of clapping hands, stomping feet and shouting hooray in rhythm with the music. In the song, directions are given that "if you're happy" you should do specific movements in a suggested rhythm. We added a second section where we ask the listener to pretend to play instruments along with the band, i.e. If you're happy & you know it play guitar!
UNITS: This song is a great accompaniment to lessons on feelings (happy) and music (clapping, stomping and shouting in rhythm with the song).
WHAT YOU'LL HEAR IN THE SONG:
Big Jim Wheeler - lead vocals
Billy Roues - electric guitar
Steven "Muddy" Roues - acoustic bass
Kenny Margolis - piano
Boris Kinberg - percussion
Bill Rankin - drums
If You're Happy - Music Video
Order "If You're Happy" Song
"If You're Happy" - guitar lesson
1. Ask children what people, activities and objects make them happy
2. Sing song and do appropriate movement when directed
3. For second/fast section - ask children to pretend to play guitar, piano and drums
4. Make up own verses - inserting own ways of expressing feeling happy, i.e. if you're happy & you know it jump up and down...
Alternate Activity: Change "happy" to another feeling, sad or mad, and sing song making up movements to express that particular feeling.
Another gem in the key of "G" with only 3 chords! A favorite at circle time and at birthday parties.
If you're happy & you know it clap your handsIf you're happy & you know it clap your hands
If you're happy & you know it and you
really want to show it
If you're happy & you know it clap your hands
...stomp your feet