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Yankee Doodle


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Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony
Stuck a feather in his hat
And called it macaroni

Yankee Doodle keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy

Father and I went down to camp
Along with Captain Gooding
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding

Yankee Doodle keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy

There was Captain Washington
Upon a slapping stallion
A-giving order to his men
I guess there were a million

Yankee Doodle keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy

Yankee Doodle is a tune
That comes in mighty handy
The enemies all run away
At Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy


Yankee Doodle is one of the most popular American patriotic songs, and is also the state song of Connecticut. The origin of the song dates back to the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783).


The macaroni in the lyrics is not pasta. It's actually a pejorative term for a man who dressed in a ridiculously outlandish style.


President John F. Kennedy bought a pony for his little daughter and named it Macaroni, afer the pony in Yankee Doodle.


There are said to be as many as 190 verses of this song!


Clothes

Yankee Doodle was interested in fashion. He cared about his clothing. So, let's learn about clothes for boys. Then read some ideas on how to practise your spelling words in a fun way.

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Write your words starting with the word that has the fewest letters and ending with the word that has the most. If some words have the same number of letters, write them down in ABC order, for example: cap, hat.

Count your spelling words. For example, if you have four words, draw four different shapes. Then write your spelling words inside each of the shapes.

Come up with a code for each letter of the alphabet. For example, star = A, sun = B, and so on. Then write as many of your spelling words as you would like in code. You must write the actual spelling word next to the code word.


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