Mouse & Cow Song

  • Song:  Mouse & Cow Song (diphthong /au/ 'ow & ou' song)
  • Learning Objectives: This phonics song helps to teach and practice the double vowel sound (diphthong)  /au/ as in mouse and cow.  This song is adapted from our phonics story book. The song helps learners review a couple of words with the /au/ sound in two different forms of spelling - ou & ow. Please note that 'ow' can also make a long 'o' sound in words like 'low'. The song only focuses on the double vowel sound of 'ow'.  Also check out the stories section here:
  • After teaching the song, read the story. You may also teach the story before singing the song.

Song Worksheet

  • How to Teach: Turn on the music and the video. Let the students listen and watch once or twice. Break down the song and teach. To do that, tell students you will sing one line and they will sing the next.
  • Students' Line: There was a mouse.
    Teacher's Line: Lived in a house.   
    Students' Line: Then came a cow.   
    Teacher's Line: Lived in the house.   
    After this, change lines.
    Keep doing this until the students can sing the song without teacher involvement. Next, ask students to pick out words that rhyme. Ask for other words that rhyme with the words in the song. Depending on the level, have the students replace a few words in the song to make a new song with different words that rhyme. Teachers could also prepare a word list with words having a similar phoneme.

Song Worksheet:
After teaching learners to sing the song, have the students do some writing activity.
Print out the song worksheet for this video and have them do the writing activities.
By combining listening and singing of the song with writing, the overall result is much improved.