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NURSERY RHYMES
This unit is meant to supplement an original unit, "Nursery Rimes/ Skills-Phonemic Awareness" which can be requested from timmonsd@duvalschools.org. While the goal of this unit is to teach phonemic awareness skills early in the year with words that are familiar to the children, from Nursery Rhymes, there is also an emphasis on tying the Nursery Rhymes to comprehension such as retelling that is also being explored in "Star Books" at this same time. Below are some resources to support the retelling of the Nursery Rhymes.



Jack and Jill
  • Houghton Mifflin Duval Core Reading, "Higglety Pigglety: A Book of Rhymes" - Jack and Jill, page T25
  • a cover page for a Nursery rhyme booklet and one sheet with the rhyme and colored picture (also includes other rhymes)
  • rhyme with black and white illustration
  • another idea for a Nursery rhyme booklet is to have the rhyme typed on the top half of each page and on the bottom, invite students to illustrate the rhyme. This will show their comprehension of the "story." Before students begin illustrating, list the things that they should have in their picture. For instance with Jack and Jill, they should have Jack, Jill, a hill, pail. After students have completed their drawings, the individual things can be labeled. This can be done for each rhyme.
  • a rebusversion of the rhyme that would be good to send home, to use as a shared reading, or to put in a Nursery Rhyme booklet for independent reading time
  • sequence cards
  • simple stick figure video of the rhyme twice through
  • 17918089.jpgJack and Jill Went Up the Hill by R. A. Herman
  • riddleswith the -ill (Jill) spelling pattern and pictures to go with the riddles


Hickory Dickory Dock


Humpty Dumpty
  • Houghton Mifflin Duval Core Reading, "Higglety Pigglety: A Book of Rhymes" - Humpty Dumpty, page 19
  • a cute activity to do orally with rhyming words.
  • a cover page for a Nursery rhyme booklet and one sheet with the rhyme and colored picture
  • rhyme with black and white illustration
  • whole page illustrations for each line of the rhyme
  • sequence cards which can also be used on a SmartBoard
  • sequence cards for the rhyme
  • Use this original poem that can be illustrated on a flannel board with 5 ovals that are cut into two pieces or students can cut their own oval eggs from construction paper, cut them in half , place them in an envelope with the poem on a sticker for the front to demonstrate for family
    Humpty Dumpty number 5
    Cracked his head when he took a dive
    Humpty Dumpty number 4
    Cracked his head on the cold hard, floor
    Humpty Dumpty number 3
    Cracked his head when he fell on ME!
    Humpty Dumpty number 2
    Cracked his head when the King yelled, "BOO!"
    Humpty Dumpty number 1
    Said... "Enough! We are done!"
Since this unit is about phonemic awareness, encourage the student to identify the rhyming words. After students have practiced the poem, stop expectantly before the rhyming word each time and invite the students to fill in the word together.

This is obviously not an exact retelling of the nursery rhyme, but students will love the story after getting to know the characters
  • eggdrop.jpgEgg Drop is a story that children will find lots of connections with Humpty Dumpty.


To Market, To Market
  • Houghton Mifflin Duval Core Reading, "Higglety Pigglety: A Book of Rhymes" - To Market, To Market, page 31
  • single sheet of the rhyme with a picture to color that could be used in a Nursery Rhyme booklet

  • The rhyme to music with end rhyming words: chick, dog, pig and hog - repeats twice
  • books.jpg To Market, To Marketby Anne Miranda and illustrated by Janet Stevens has hysterical illustrations and additional verses

Peter Piper
  • Peter and Mother Goose practice the rhyme
This video displays the words for the rhyme in song once through and then once through faster.



Little Miss Muffet


Hey Diddle Diddle
  • Hey Diddle Diddle banneror one sheet cover
  • one sheet rhyme with black and white illustration that can be used in a Nursery Rhyme booklet for independent reading
  • rhyme with black and white illustrations
  • full page illustration for each line of the nursery rhyme
  • sequence cards
  • These sheets can be used to sequenceor can be used to stape together to make individual books to read at independent reading time or to take home and read to family
  • Little reader of the nursery rhyme
  • hddpc.jpgA pocket chart can be used with a picture of the rhyme and then sentence strips to put in order. This can be done for each nursery rhyme.
  • Activity for making a mobile but the pictures can also be used to act out the poem. On seperate pieces of tag board paste, cat, cow, moon, dog, dish, and spoon. Laminate and put string on so child can put the string over his head so that it hangs around his neck. Line the characters up. The cat pretends to fiddle. The cow jumps over the moon (which is balled up on the floor). The dog laughs and the dish and spoon hold hands and pretend to run off.
  • HeyDiddleDiddle-890F.jpgcostumes and props to act out the rhyme
  • Delightful rendition of the rhyme
  • Another rendition of the rhyme that used the main words cat, cow, dog, dish and spoon.
  • dish.gifAnd the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon by Janet Stevens, a previous Chets Creek Book-of-the-Month, includes other nursery rhyme characters. This book can be reread many times throughout the rest of the unit.
  • moonstruck.gifMoonstruck: The True Story of the Cow that Jumped Over the Moon by Gennifer Choldenko. This is a very wordy story that is much longer than it's illustration would suggest.
  • mrsmooley.jpgMr. Mooley by Jack Kent
  • heydiddid.gifHey Diddle Diddle by Kin Eagle includes the continuing adventures of the cat, dog, cow, dish and spoon. The book is written in rhyme and the additional verses can also be sung to the traditional tune.


Old King Cole

Baa Baa Black Sheep



Little Bo Peep



Little Boy Blue



1,2, Buckle My Shoe
  • a cover page for a Nursery rhyme booklet and one sheet with the rhyme and colored picture
  • one sheet colored copy of the rhyme with illustrations that could be used in a Nursery Rhyme booklet
  • one sheet words and black and white illustration
  • sequence cards
  • quiltsketch.jpgUse this picture on a full size sheet and have students cut it apart and put it back together again in sequence or use just the numbers or just the pictures to sequence in a pocket chart or use the pictures to make cards for each number and picture, give out to students, let them put themselves in order and hold up their card as the class says their part of the rhyme.
  • pages 78-80 are a booklet with the pages to cut apart for retelling the rhyme. This cannot be printed, but the idea can be used by printing strips of the words for students to cut apart and glue to the bottom of each page and having the child illustrate the words for each line.
  • 0152019510_l.gifthe delightful Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
  • 0152063056_l.gif1, 2, Buckle My Shoe by Anne Grossnickle

Nursery Rhyme Celebration Day
  • Invite each child to dress up as their favorite Nursery rhyme character
  • Play Guess the Rhyme? Divide the class into teams. Show each student a nursery rhyme character (that they have studied) or a prop. To get a point the student has to recite the rhyme.
  • Give each child or pair of children a book with a nursery rhyme collection. Call out a nursery rhyme and each team gets a point that can find that rhyme in their collection.
Rime-Bingo game that reinforces the nursery rhymes and the phonological awareness skills that are the goal of this unit. The directions for the Bingo are at the bottom of the file.