Dr. Knickerbocker

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The term “Knickerbockers” traces its origin back to the Dutch settlers who came to New York in the 1600s. Pants that rolled up just below the knee were known as “Knickerbockers,” or “knickers”. The Dutch settler “Knickerbocker” character became synonymous with New York City. The city’s most popular symbol of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was “Father Knickerbocker.” (source)

Lyrics

(Folk song)

Dr. Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker, number nine.
Just got back, and I’m feeling fine.
Now let’s get the rhythm of the hands (clap, clap)
Now let’s get the rhythm of the hands (clap, clap)
Now let’s get the rhythm of the feet (stomp, stomp)
Now let’s get the rhythm of the feet (stomp, stomp)
Now let’s get the rhythm of the eyes
Now let’s get the rhythm of the eyes
Now let’s get the rhythm of the hips (whoo-ee)
Now let’s get the rhythm of the hips (whoo-ee)
Now let’s get the rhythm of the number nine!
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine!

Game

  • Option 1: Point to a student on each number. The 9th student joins the leader and sings the leader part. When the leaders outnumber the class, the game is over.
  • Option 2: Point to students on each number. All 9 students join the leader. Play until the last child is the “winner” and can be the first leader the next time you play.

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  • Printable & Digital Rhythm Visuals
  • Song with chords, Additional Version with cumulative lyrics, Game – 2 Versions, Lesson Ideas for Form (Call & Response) & Voices (Speaking & Singing)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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