Feb 172013

Doggie Doggie


Doggie doggie
Where’s your bone?
Somebody stole it from your home.

To teach long and short in Kindergarten, I over-exaggerate the length of the half notes. Like with the other song, I ask the students to identify (by listening) the long notes. We identify the two words: “bone” and “home” as being long.


One student sits in a chair facing away from the rest of the students. As we sing the song (usually twice), I hand a rubber dog bone to a student, who hides it in his/her lap. All other students pretend to hide the bone also. Student in chair turns around and gets 3 guesses to figure out who has the bone. Whether they guess correctly or not, I choose a new person to sit in the chair and a different person to hold the bone. Over several lessons, I make sure each child gets a turn to do something. To emphasize the long sounds, sing it like this:

Doggie Doggie K

It can also be used in 2nd grade to teach so, mi and la.

  • Recorder Notes EGA


Doggie Doggie EGA



Below: Song pdf, 2 Orff Arrangements, Printable cards & midi


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  3 Responses to “Doggie Doggie Where’s Your Bone?”

  1. Hi Beth, I am a “new” developmental music teacher this year after teaching general second grade for the past 16 years. I taught music 16 years ago and remembered this song/game in my mind. I found this page and then all the other WONDERFUL resources that you have here… Wow, what a great wealth of valuable information for someone like me! I can’t thank you enough for sharing all of your hard work. Your site is at the top of my bookmarks and I will use it weekly. Cathy

  2. Absolutely! I am so excited I found this site. I am using this song for my new role at work, playing songs for the preschool on my clarinet and saxophone. Thanks Beth

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