Hot Dog Song (Children’s song)

Hot Dog Song on Soundcloud
“I gathered a few of my craziest primary-grade teaching friends to create a song with layers of wacky voices and soundFX”

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Hot Dog Song (Children’s song)

Hot Dog Song on Soundcloud
“I gathered a few of my craziest primary-grade teaching friends to create a song with layers of wacky voices and soundFX”

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short story: The Race Between Good and Bad

THE RACE BETWEEN GOOD AND BAD

by Rick Roessler
(1st-3rd grade story level)
Aug. 2012

 One day, Bad challenged Good to a race.  Bad had won races before but this time he wanted the biggest challenge he could find.   Good was always interested in hearing what others had to say and when Good heard that Bad wanted to race, he agreed.
Bad’s favorite place was Lonely Tree Hill, and on that hill there was nobody around to watch the race.  He waited for Good to meet him there and once Good arrived they stood ready.  The race would start when the first leaf fell from the lonely tree.  The only rule was to stay on the road.
Just then a leaf dropped from the tree and Good and Bad started running as fast as they could — down the hill, through the woods, near the lake and on.  When Bad was running through the woods he went right past a sign that read, “DO NOT ENTER!”  He knew this was a shorter way to the finish line so he ignored the sign.  Bad jumped over a fence, through a gate, onto the grass and around a houseright passed a scared old woman.
 
Good continued down the road, and while Good was in the woods he saw a boy searching for his lost dog.  Good remembered hearing barking earlier.  He quickly ran to the boy and told him where he had heard the sound and the boy thanked him.  Good continued on, but when Bad came back to the road Good could see that he had fallen behind him.
 
When they got near the lake, two fishermen were crossing the road and Bad ran right into them knocking all of the fishermen’s fish to the ground.  Without a word Bad continued to run.  When Good arrived, he helped the fishermen pick up all of the fish which were slipping and slopping all over the place.
Bad continued to run as fast as he could.  He could see that he was ahead of Good and getting near Old Mill School.  In front of the school eight children were happily playing with roller-skates.  Bad thought, “If I could get a pair of roller-skates I could get to the finish line faster than Good.”  As one girl stepped inside the school, Bad took her skates and rolled away from the yelling children.  A moment later the girl returned and cried for her skates back.  Just then, Good arrived.  He told the crying girl and her friends where they could find the skates … at the finish line.
Bad knew he was getting very close to the finish line so faster and faster he rolled.  Suddenly, a small rock became stuck under a skate and Bad fell head first on the ground.  He sat up and everything he saw was blurry.  Even Good looked blurry as he ran right past Bad who was still on the ground confused.  Bad got up as quickly as he could and continued skating.  He rolled so fast he caught up to Good as they passed the finish line at River Cross Road.
The race was too close to tell.  Who had won the race?  Was it Good who stayed on the road or Bad who did whatever he could to win?  It just wasn’t clear who the winner was, but what was clear was who was cheering for Good when he completed the race.  A boy, his dog, two fishermen and eight children were happily jumping up and down, cheering for Good as he completed the race.  Bad looked around, and seeing that no one was cheering for him he took off the skates, turned around and walked back to Lonely Tree Hill.

 

Questions for the reader:
1.  Does being interested in listening to what others have to say make you a good person?
2.  What if those people hadn’t been at the finish line cheering for Good, do you think he would have been happy with himself for helping them?
3.  When there is no one watching, is it easier to cheat?  Does that make it okay?
4.  How do you think Bad felt when he was walking back to Lonely Tree Hill?  Did he feel good about breaking the rules?

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Short Story: The Race Between Good and Bad

THE RACE BETWEEN GOOD AND BAD

by Rick Roessler
(1st-3rd grade story level)
Aug. 2012

 One day, Bad challenged Good to a race.  Bad had won races before but this time he wanted the biggest challenge he could find.   Good was always interested in hearing what others had to say and when Good heard that Bad wanted to race, he agreed.
Bad’s favorite place was Lonely Tree Hill, and on that hill there was nobody around to watch the race.  He waited for Good to meet him there and once Good arrived they stood ready.  The race would start when the first leaf fell from the lonely tree.  The only rule was to stay on the road.
Just then a leaf dropped from the tree and Good and Bad started running as fast as they could — down the hill, through the woods, near the lake and on.  When Bad was running through the woods he went right past a sign that read, “DO NOT ENTER!”  He knew this was a shorter way to the finish line so he ignored the sign.  Bad jumped over a fence, through a gate, onto the grass and around a houseright passed a scared old woman.
 
Good continued down the road, and while Good was in the woods he saw a boy searching for his lost dog.  Good remembered hearing barking earlier.  He quickly ran to the boy and told him where he had heard the sound and the boy thanked him.  Good continued on, but when Bad came back to the road Good could see that he had fallen behind him.
 
When they got near the lake, two fishermen were crossing the road and Bad ran right into them knocking all of the fishermen’s fish to the ground.  Without a word Bad continued to run.  When Good arrived, he helped the fishermen pick up all of the fish which were slipping and slopping all over the place.
Bad continued to run as fast as he could.  He could see that he was ahead of Good and getting near Old Mill School.  In front of the school eight children were happily playing with roller-skates.  Bad thought, “If I could get a pair of roller-skates I could get to the finish line faster than Good.”  As one girl stepped inside the school, Bad took her skates and rolled away from the yelling children.  A moment later the girl returned and cried for her skates back.  Just then, Good arrived.  He told the crying girl and her friends where they could find the skates … at the finish line.
Bad knew he was getting very close to the finish line so faster and faster he rolled.  Suddenly, a small rock became stuck under a skate and Bad fell head first on the ground.  He sat up and everything he saw was blurry.  Even Good looked blurry as he ran right past Bad who was still on the ground confused.  Bad got up as quickly as he could and continued skating.  He rolled so fast he caught up to Good as they passed the finish line at River Cross Road.
The race was too close to tell.  Who had won the race?  Was it Good who stayed on the road or Bad who did whatever he could to win?  It just wasn’t clear who the winner was, but what was clear was who was cheering for Good when he completed the race.  A boy, his dog, two fishermen and eight children were happily jumping up and down, cheering for Good as he completed the race.  Bad looked around, and seeing that no one was cheering for him he took off the skates, turned around and walked back to Lonely Tree Hill.

 

Questions for the reader:
1.  Does being interested in listening to what others have to say make you a good person?
2.  What if those people hadn’t been at the finish line cheering for Good, do you think he would have been happy with himself for helping them?
3.  When there is no one watching, is it easier to cheat?  Does that make it okay?
4.  How do you think Bad felt when he was walking back to Lonely Tree Hill?  Did he feel good about breaking the rules?

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The latest link to Sockhead Smith’s CD “Sock Drawer Sing-Along.”  An educational children’s music CD that covers subjects for K1-4.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sockheadsmith

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The latest link to Sockhead Smith’s CD “Sock Drawer Sing-Along.”  An educational children’s music CD that covers subjects for K1-4.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sockheadsmith

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The Five Senses Video and Song for Children

Recently, I updated my Five Senses video that teaches children the basic five human senses.  It also compares human senses to the senses of animals.  With animation and music I hope that this video both entertains and explains clearly our senses and what we use them for.
The Five Senses Video

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The Five Senses Video and Song for Children

Recently, I updated my Five Senses video that teaches children the basic five human senses.  It also compares human senses to the senses of animals.  With animation and music I hope that this video both entertains and explains clearly our senses and what we use them for.
The Five Senses Video

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Well, this is my first blog ever.  So far so good!  I would just like to post a new video from my latest creation of educational/edutainment videos for children.  The subject material is based around my teaching experience for the lower primary grades and ESL students.
A little about me (aka Freddy Shoehorn):

Rick Roessler, an American primary teacher and performer living in Frankfurt, Germany, has created a 13 song children’s album that covers a variety of school subjects at the elementary level.  The CD is presented by the two fictional characters Sockhead Smith and Freddy Shoehorn, and together through dialogue and music they cover material such as verbs, the five senses, counting and more.  Composed with memorable melodies and interactive questions, kids are not only learning through listening but participating as well.  As Sockhead Smith struggles to get his head around certain concepts Freddy is there to help him and the listener to learn in a fun and enjoyable way.

I hope by creating this blog I can get in touch with parents and educators to discuss ways to promote learning through music and videos.

If you enjoy my new video “The Five Senses,” be sure to sign up for my You
Tube Channel for the latest in Sockhead Smith & Freddy Shoehorn videos!

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Well, this is my first blog ever.  So far so good!  I would just like to post a new video from my latest creation of educational/edutainment videos for children.  The subject material is based around my teaching experience for the lower primary grades and ESL students.
A little about me (aka Freddy Shoehorn):

Rick Roessler, an American primary teacher and performer living in Frankfurt, Germany, has created a 13 song children’s album that covers a variety of school subjects at the elementary level.  The CD is presented by the two fictional characters Sockhead Smith and Freddy Shoehorn, and together through dialogue and music they cover material such as verbs, the five senses, counting and more.  Composed with memorable melodies and interactive questions, kids are not only learning through listening but participating as well.  As Sockhead Smith struggles to get his head around certain concepts Freddy is there to help him and the listener to learn in a fun and enjoyable way.

I hope by creating this blog I can get in touch with parents and educators to discuss ways to promote learning through music and videos.

If you enjoy my new video “The Five Senses,” be sure to sign up for my You
Tube Channel for the latest in Sockhead Smith & Freddy Shoehorn videos!

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Well, this is my first blog ever.  So far so good!  I would just like to post a new video from my latest creation of educational/edutainment videos for children.  The subject material is based around my teaching experience for the lower primary grades and ESL students.
A little about me (aka Freddy Shoehorn):

Rick Roessler, an American primary teacher and performer living in Frankfurt, Germany, has created a 13 song children’s album that covers a variety of school subjects at the elementary level.  The CD is presented by the two fictional characters Sockhead Smith and Freddy Shoehorn, and together through dialogue and music they cover material such as verbs, the five senses, counting and more.  Composed with memorable melodies and interactive questions, kids are not only learning through listening but participating as well.  As Sockhead Smith struggles to get his head around certain concepts Freddy is there to help him and the listener to learn in a fun and enjoyable way.
 
I hope by creating this blog I can get in touch with parents and educators to discuss ways to promote learning through music and videos.
 
If you enjoy my new video “The Five Senses,” be sure to sign up for my You
Tube Channel for the latest in Sockhead Smith & Freddy Shoehorn videos!
 
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