Nursery Rhymes are a great way to start off the year to help students learn patterns in text, build fluency, and increase confidence in reading. Even my shyest students will read along with the nursery rhymes because they are easy for young students to learn. We spend 1 week on each rhyme and practice it each day with a different activity. This really help students become fluent as well as learn some text features for their future reading skills. Here are a few of the activities I use in my classroom when introducing nursery rhymes.
2. Vocabulary/Retelling Cards – I use these cards to introduce vocabulary words in each poem, but then we can also use them for retelling the story. During the week, I give the students some smaller vocabulary cards for them to color and take home. I add the poem and the cards to my library center for students to work on retelling more.
I let them pick a partner and go practice reading it together. Students enjoy taking this home because they can show off their reading skills to their family. It’s something to be proud of!!
We also discuss characters, settings, and do a lot of comparing/contrasting during our nursery rhyme lessons. If you like some of the ideas above, you’re in luck! I have bundled 10 sets of nursery rhymes that include all the activities above and more! You can find this Nursery Rhyme bundle in my TPT store.
Here are the Nursery Rhymes that are included in this bundle. You can use this for 10 weeks of learning!!
-Mary Had a Little Lamb
-Hey Diddle Diddle
-Little Miss Muffet
-Row, Row, Row Your Boat
-Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
-Baa Baa Black Sheep
-The Itsy Bitsy Spider
-Jack and Jill
-Hickory Dickory Dock