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El Joki Poki (The Hokey Pokey)

Amanda Yates
Polk County Schools


Students learn the Spanish words for prepositions and act them out as they sing and act out the motions to the song, “El Joki Poki” (The Hokey Pokey).


The student uses appropriate gestures and expressions (i.e., body language) to complete or enhance verbal messages.

The student listens and reads in the target language and responds through role playing, drawing, or singing.


-Chart paper or overhead/transparency
-“El Joki Poki” song words for each student
-tape player
-“Cantos Escolares” tape
(Cedarmont Ninos-Cantos Escolares
Copyright 1995, Cedarmont Music)
Benson Music Group, Inc.
365 Great Circle Rd.
Nashville, TN 37228


1. Purchase the tape “Cantos Escolares” or translate a copy of the song, “El Joki Poki.”
2. Have the tape cued to the song.
3. Have chart paper posted and a marker ready to write the prepositions.
4. Make copies of the song for each student.
5. Have materials ready for demonstration of preposition words.


1. Stand in front of the room and say “delante de.” Stand in the back of the room and say, “detrás de.” Hold a piece of paper over a desk and say “La papel esta sobre el escritorio.” Put your foot under a desk and say, “Mi pie esta debajo de el escritorio.” Put a pencil in your hair and say, “El lapiz esta adentro mi pelo.” Take the pencil out and say, “El lapiz esta atrás mi pelo.” Go around the room repeating these sayings 2 or 3 more times.

2. Write the words “delante de,” “detrás de,” “sobre,” “debajo de,” “adentro,” and “atrás” on the chart paper or the transparency.

3. Point to each word and ask a student to take a guess as to what one of the words is in English. Go through each word, asking students until all correct words have been given. Write the word in English beside each Spanish word. Have students copy the English/Spanish onto their papers.

4. Play “El Joki Poki” and have the students just listen the first time.

5. Ask students if they can tell you anything that the song is saying. NOTE: They should have a body parts lesson prior to this lesson and therefore be able to recognize the body part words.

6. Go through the words of the song with the students and translate them together.

7. Give the students the words to the song (in Spanish). Have them translate as many of the words onto their paper as they can remember (from what you just told them).

8. Play the song and have the students follow as you act out the motions to the song. Example: As the song says, “Tu pie derecho adentro (you put your right foot in),” you do the motion. Then, “tu pie derecho atrás (you put your right foot out),” do the motion.

9. Explain to the students that you are going to be watching them this time to see if they can keep up with the song.

10. Watch the students to make sure that they are understanding what the song is telling them to do.

11. Repeat the song once more and do the motions with the students.

12. Review all the preposition words one more time with the class. Use this as a formative assessment; give feedback to students to affirm responses and correct any mistakes.

Note: This is an introductory lesson and mastery of the words will not be gained in one day. These words must be repeated throughout the week as a review.


Create a checklist and indicate on it whether the student used the correct, appropriate gestures in response to the words in the song being sung or heard. Share the criteria from the checklist with the students so that they will know what is expected of them.

Use the formative assessment mentioned in #12 in the procedures, reviewing the prepositions in the target language.


1. More body parts can be added to the song, just as more preposition words can be added to the song.
2. This lesson can also be used with ESL students, to teach them preposition words, just use the English translation of “The Hokey Pokey.”
3. Another extension to this activity would be to give a quiz on the preposition words when students are ready.
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