Once I Caught a Fish Alive


One, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
Then I let go again.

Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on the right.

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Information About Once I Caught a Fish Alive

This song was first recorded in Mother Gooses's Melody in 1765.

The modern version was collected by Henry Bolton in 1888. Further information can be found on Wikipedia.

This song is also known as "One, two, three, four, five" or "Fish Story".

This song is an educational rhyme that was written to help children to learn how to count and learn numbers.

The lyrics and rhymes are ideal for early learning and can be used to support the language communication objectives of early curriculum.

This song is very popular among teachers, parents, and children because it is a rhyming song that features nonsense as well. Teachers can teach this song by grouping up children in the classroom and having them pretend to be fish and counting off the numbers that are featured in the song.

This could also be a lesson about fish. The teacher or parent can select a specific type of fish and teach a lesson on the differences of them and supply visual aids to help the children learn as well.

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6 October 2014 at 2:56pm

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Nina., Iran, Islamic Republic of

1 August 2014 at 9:23am

Really nice song.I wanna teach this to my little son.remember my childhood memories.thank u so much

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Chad Jasper, United States

3 March 2013 at 4:06pm

My grandson taught me this song when he was 4 years old. We still sing it together. Brings back a lot of fond memories.

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Nell, Belarus

3 March 2013 at 12:37pm

Great hope it teaches kids there right from left I'm 45 and I still don't know my right from left well

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Jeni, Germany

21 February 2012 at 6:31pm

Hi, This song doesn't only teach children to count but also teaches them left and right. I always play with my kids' right little fingers at the end of this song and at the age of three both knew left from right.

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Hugufa, Afghanistan

5 February 2012 at 6:56pm

i used to sing this, its a really nice song thanks for publishing this on this site.

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Barbara, United States

3 February 2012 at 10:22pm

Used To Sing This .

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Jane, Philippines

17 January 2012 at 1:27am

nice one!

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Olga, Spain

3 October 2011 at 11:58am

Lovely song. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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Miriam, Zambia

6 July 2011 at 2:50pm

Hi. All the nursery rhymes remind me of my childhood. Glad to have found them on your site. Want to teach them to my kids.

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Afsheen, Turkey

7 June 2011 at 10:39am

i like it thats very nice

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Iman, Pakistan

7 June 2011 at 10:34am

i like this song and thanks for publishing this nice song

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Kawther, Saudi Arabia

7 June 2011 at 9:24am

I Like this song ..

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Samane, Iran, Islamic Republic Of

4 June 2011 at 9:12am

thanks for publishing this nice song

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Frere, Viet Nam

8 January 2011 at 6:28am

i have used this since before the horseless carriage. works a treat if you ham it up - casting out your fishing line and hauling in the fish - biting your finger and throwing the fish back - shaking the little finger on your right. make sure you have your back to the kids for "finger on the right" or they may mirror you and hold up their left hand.

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Fransiska, Indonesia

30 December 2010 at 11:24am

Cool song XD

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