(Folk song)

Bow wow wow,
Whose dog art thou?
Little Tommy Tucker’s dog,
Bow wow wow. (whoo!)

Circle Game

Students stand in a one circle, each facing a partner. Sing the song and do motions. The game continues until all students return to original partner.

Bow wow wow = stomp, stomp, stomp
Whose dog art thou? = wag finger at partner 3 times
Little Tommy Tucker’s dog = hold both hands with partner & trade places
Bow wow wow = stomp, stomp, stomp
(Last rest – say “whoo!”) = throw hands up in the air and twirl to face the person behind you

See also


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  • Printable & Digital Visuals
  • Rhythmic Dictation Assessment
  • Song with chords in 2 keys with Solfege, Rhythm lesson ideas (quarter note & rest, eighth notes)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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5 thoughts on “Bow Wow Wow”

  1. That’s my crew on the bottom video. Kids always enjoy this activity-
    This lesson can lend itself to “higher cognitive thinking questions” as current teacher assessments are requiring. I’ll mark one pair of partners with stickers, and then have the class predict where they will meet again (opposite side of circle). Once they have met, I’ll ask them how many times the song must be performed in order for them to reunite (roughly 1/2 the number of partners; depends on whether there is an odd/even number of them). Sheds light on Music / Math connections-

  2. wontyousavemeplease

    Which came first? This, or the song, “Tommy Tucker” by the band Bow Wow Wow from their 1983 ‘When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going’ album?

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