My Top 5 Favorite Primary Grade Youtube Videos

I love youtube. It is SUCH a wonderful educational tool. I don’t know about you, but my students love when I can find fun and silly songs to go along with the different topics we’re learning about.

I, of course, love my write my own songs and raps, but I have no idea how to make cute videos.

That is where youtube comes in.

Here is a list of my Top 5 favorite youtube videos for teaching various primary grade topics.

5. Schoolhouse Rock Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla (Pronouns)

I love, love, love this video, and my kiddos always do too. I think it’s such a fun way to explain why pronouns are helpful, and everybody loves Schoolhouse Rock, right?

4. place value math song: ones, tens, hundreds

Ahhhh, the joys of teaching place value. I absolutely love this video, and my students always do as well. It’s a great was to reinforce each place, and my students always love that silly duck! 😉

3. Digraphs

The name of this video always makes me laugh… it’s certainly simply and to the point. When I ask my students to tell me what a digraph is they always say “Two letters, one sound, that’s a digraph man!” Hee Hee  It’s so cute! (My only complaint is that he adds an “uh” sound to the end of the digraphs and that’s a big no-no in my class.)

2. Vowel Bat (kids song by Shari Sloane)

Before you listen to this one, be warned: it will get stuck in your head and you will probably annoy your spouse when you sing it all the time. (Sorry, honey!) I LOVE this video. It is so great for reinforcing short vowel sounds, and the kids can’t help but sing along. In my class this year, they liked to flap their arms like bats to the beat.

1. When You Subtract With a Pirate (math song for kids)

I have to tell you, first and second were very close for me, but this video is my favorite youtube video for primary students. Well, right now anyway. 😉 I love how it has a fun song that explains what subtraction is and what a difference is and then it goes into math stories. I always use this to introduce subtraction word problems, but my students ask for me to play it all the time.

That’s it! Those are my top 5 favorite youtube videos for primary students… at least for now. 😉

Martha from Primary Paradise

What are your favorite youtube videos to use in the classroom? Post a link below!

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  • Cecilia Bartram
    January 19, 2013 10:51 am

    I own the School House Rock collection and love it. I love the pirate subtraction video. My theme is Bertram’s Buccaneers and I’m hoping I can bring up youtube in class and use this. Fun post.

  • Primary Paradise
    Primary Paradise
    January 19, 2013 1:35 pm

    Thanks so much! If you can’t bring up youtube because it’s blocked, you might be able to bring up this post instead since it’s not a media site. The videos are embedded so they should still play. Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Laureen
    January 20, 2013 11:13 am

    My kids love Vowel Bat! I haven’t seen the Pirate Subtraction one before. Thanks for sharing!

  • Emma Farrell
    January 20, 2013 7:52 pm

    Martha, I love this post. My fav You Tube video is: or on YouTube:! I like it because it’s funny and it has an Aussie twist!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      January 20, 2013 10:18 pm

      Thanks for sharing Emma! I’m off to check them out now. 🙂

  • sue cahalane
    March 13, 2013 4:56 am

    Hi! Just found your blog from Blogs by State at 5th in the Middle – I’m a NJ blogger too! I enjoyed reading your blog! 🙂

    ✿Science for Kids Blog✿

  • Regina Frazier
    May 7, 2013 10:36 pm

    I like your selection of videos. I have an entire board of over 100 educational videos mostly from You tube on One of my Pinterest boards. There are also lots of fun ideas for brain breaks. Please check it out.

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      May 12, 2013 6:33 am

      I will have to check that out! Sounds So fun!

  • Freddy Shoehorn
    May 25, 2014 12:47 pm

    Great site! I also have recommendations for primary grade song and videos (K-2).

  • Freddy Shoehorn
    May 25, 2014 12:49 pm

    Here one for Father’s Day

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