Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Languages: English, French
Ressource Type: song, nursery rhyme
Theme: animals
Age-range: infant-preschool, 3 – 7 years

 

Download the words of the song:
Old MacDonald had a Farm Lyrics

“Old MacDonald Had a Farm” is a nursery rhyme for children. The lyrics were first printed in 1917. It deals with a farmer named MacDonald and the various animals he keeps on his farm.

 

Culture and Vocabulary:

  • farm animals : cow, pig, duck, horse, sheep, dog, hen
  • cries of animals : moo, oink, quack, neigh, baa, woof, cluck

Grammar:

  • using the past tense “had”
  • adverbs of places : here, there, everywhere

Teaching suggestions:

  • ask questions about characters – Who had a farm? How many different animals can we hear in the song?
  • ask questions about animal cries – How does the duck go? (Quack quack.) How does the cow go? (Moo moo.) How does the dog go? (Woof woof.)
  • ask questions about the structure of the song – How is the song structured? How many parts are there?
  • complete the song with other animals

 

Old MacDonald Had a Farm illustrated by Anne Kennedy

Old MacDonald Had a Farm illustrated by Ben Mantle

Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Gris Grimly

English version:

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

1. Old McDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a cow,
E-I-E-I-O
With a “moo-moo” here
and a “moo-moo” there
Here a “moo” there a “moo”
Everywhere a “moo-moo”
Old McDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.

2. Old McDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a pig,
E-I-E-I-O
With a “oink” here
and a “oink” there
Here a “oink” there a “oink”
Everywhere a “oink-oink”
Old McDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.

3. Old McDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a duck,
E-I-E-I-O
With a ‘’quack-quack’’ here
And a ‘’quack-quack’’ there
Here a ‘’quack’’, there a ‘’quack’’
Everywhere a ‘’quack-quack’’
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.

4. Old McDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a horse,
E-I-E-I-O
With a ‘’neigh-neigh’’ here
And a ‘’neigh-neigh’’ there
Here a ‘’neigh’’, there a ‘’neigh’’
Everywhere a ‘’neigh-neigh’’
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.

5. Old McDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a sheep,
E-I-E-I-O
With a ‘’baa-baa’’ here
And a ‘’baa-baa’’ there
Here a ‘’baa’’, there a ‘’baa’’
Everywhere a ‘’baa-baa’’
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.

6. Old McDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a dog,
E-I-E-I-O
With a ‘’woof-woof’’ here
And a ‘’woof-woof’’ there
Here a ‘’woof’’, there a ‘’woof’’
Everywhere a ‘’woof-woof’’
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.

7. Old McDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a hen
E-I-E-I-O
With a ‘’cluck-cluck’’ here
And a ‘’cluck-cluck’’ there
Here a ‘’cluck’’, there a ‘’cluck’’
Everywhere a ‘’cluck-cluck’’
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.

French Translation:

Old McDonald avait une ferme

1. Old McDonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O
Et dans sa ferme, il avait une vache,
E-I-E-I-O
Avec un «meuh-meuh» ici
Et un «meuh-meuh» là
Ici un «meuh» là un «meuh»
Partout un «meuh-meuh»
Old McDonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O.

2. Old McDonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O
Et dans sa ferme, il avait un cochon,
E-I-E-I-O
Avec un «groin» ici
Et un «groin» là
Ici un «groin» là un «groin»
Partout un «groin- groin»
Old McDonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O.

3. Old McDonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O
Et dans sa ferme, il avait un canard,
E-I-E-I-O
Avec un «coin-coin» ici
Et un «coin-coin» là
Ici un «coin-coin», là un «coin-coin»
Partout un «coin-coin»
Le vieux Macdonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O.

4. Old McDonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O
Et dans sa ferme, il avait un cheval,
E-I-E-I-O
Avec un «hi-hi» ici
Et un «hi-hi» là
Ici un «hi-hi», là un «hi-hi»
Partout un «hi-hi»
Le vieux Macdonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O.

5. Old McDonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O
Et dans sa ferme, il avait un mouton,
E-I-E-I-O
Avec un «bêê-bêê» ici
Et un «bêê-bêê» là
Ici un «bêê», là un «bêê»
Partout un «bêê-bêê»
Le vieux Macdonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O.

6. Old McDonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O
Et dans sa ferme, il avait un chien,
E-I-E-I-O
Avec un «ouaf-ouaf» ici
Et un «ouaf-ouaf» là
Ici un «ouaf», là un «ouaf»
Partout un «ouaf-ouaf»
Le vieux Macdonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O.

7. Old McDonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O
Et dans sa ferme, il avait une poule
E-I-E-I-O
Avec un «cot-cot» ici
Et un «cot-cot» là
Ici un «cot-cot», là un «cot-cot»
Partout un «cot-cot»
Le vieux Macdonald avait une ferme,
E-I-E-I-O.

 

 

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