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The Four-Legged Zoo

The Four-Legged Zoo: School House Rock video about multiplying by Four.

Lyrics from:

We went to the four-legged zoo
To visit our four-footed friends
Lions and tigers, cats and dogs
A goat and a cow and a couple of hogs
A rhinoceros and, of course, a hippopotamus
And, oh yeah, a horse

There were elk and a bison, a gnu or two
Giraffes and elephants, quite a few
A llama, alpaca, vicuna, too
Zebras, ibexes, and one big kudu
It was swell
I liked the gazelle

Now Miss Simpson said
She teaches school, you know
Yeah, she took us there
Well, Miss Simpson said
If you counted every head on these quadrupeds
And multiplied that number by four
We'd know how many feet went through the door
If we turned 'em all loose
Oh, don't do that!
It's really a groovy zoo-vy!

But, anyway, what Miss Simpson said
It was a good chance to work on our fours in our head
One, two, three, four

I'll take a lion (1 x 4)
He's got four legs and maybe a roar
Gimme two camels, that's 2 x 4
Eight legs walking 'cross the desert floor

A tiger and a lamb and a fat kudu
Would have 3 x 4 equals 12 legs, too
But we might have to subtract when that tiger was
through. R-rowr!

Four four-footed friends, no matter who
Would have 16 legs, and it's always true
That 4 x 4 equals 16
And 5 x 4 is 20

Now, a coach and six, if you were Cinderella
Would have you home by midnight
If those 24 legs ran fast as light

6 x 4 equals 24
7 x 4 equals 28
Anyone knows that, who cares about seven
And 8 antelope have 32 legs 'cause 8 x 4 is 32

Here come a small herd o' buffalo
They say they're gettin' extinct, you know
I can count nine, that's 36 legs
(9 x 4 equals 36)
Here comes a baby buffalo
That's good! That's ten
An' 10 x 4, you know is 40

Eleven coyotes (11 x 4)
Went slinking over the prairie floor on all o'
their legs
(equals 44)

Now 12 x 4 is as high as we go
12 x 4 equals 48
But there were so very, very, many, many more
Animals standing there by the gate
That we'd have to use a pencil if we counted them all
And we really had fun, and we saw every one

A bear, a cougar, a jackal, a yak
A fox, some deer, and a sweet giraffe
And I can't remember how many, many more
But we multiplied them all by four
And some of them thanked us with a roar

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