Uh-Oh by Miss Emily
Uh-Oh by Miss Emily
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“Uh-Oh” by “Miss” Emily Aronoff Teck

Track # 8 from Good Choices, Volume 1

Inspiration Text:

“But repentance, prayer, and charity temper judgment's severe decree.”  -High Holiday Liturgy

“Uh-Oh” Activity 1:

To introduce the song, “Uh-Oh” teach students that the word in Hebrew that is used to say that a person has done something wrong is chet, which literally means “missed the mark.”  Illustrate common behaviors that are correct (on the mark) and incorrect (off the mark) by creating a large target in your classroom.  Put examples of correct behaviors (such as helping or sharing) on the bullseye, place examples of poor behavior (such as forgetting to say please) outside of the bullseye, and  place the most inappropriate behaviors (such as hitting or name calling) even further from the bullseye.  Add behaviors to the chart that are suggested by the song and from student suggestions after singing the song. “Uh-Oh” Activity 2:

Make an “Uh-Oh” list in your classroom and then brainstorm ways that students could help fix the problem and demonstrate that they feel sorry for each item on the list.  Add to the list and reference it when mistakes are made so that students not only learn to say sorry but also find a way to improve the situation.  For example:

If you... you should...
make a mess,
clean it up.
tell a lie, tell the truth.
knock over a tower,
be more careful and help put it back together.

(continue with your ideas…)


Uh-oh, uh-oh, I made a mess
Uh-oh, uh-oh, I must confess
I knocked something over, wasn’t looking where I played
It was an accident but I know what I must say


I’m sorry, I’m sorry
I’ll try not to do that again
Will you forgive me, please forgive me
I really hope you’ll still be my friend

Uh-oh, uh-oh, I said words not true
Uh-oh, uh-oh, I know what I must do
Get honest and tell the truth, I feel badly about lying
I might mess up again, I know, but I will keep trying


Uh-oh, uh-oh, my friend is starting to cry
Uh-oh, uh-oh, I think I know why
I knocked over her tower, she worked so hard to make it
It was not on purpose but not nice of me to break it


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