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Ideas for Teaching Nursery Rhymes

Submitted by Admin (06-12-2012)

Ideas for Using our Nursery Rhymes, Poems and Songs in your K-3 Environment....


We would enjoy learning a new nursery rhyme, poem or song once per week. The following poem/songs/ nursery rhyme activities explain how we went about it -

Teaching Nursery Rhymes - Row Your Boat

A4 Pages

These are intended for use by the children as a reading reference.

We would glue these into our special Poems / Songs / Rhymes scrapbook.

We would learn the rhyme really well, and colour in, circle and underline sounds, rhyming words, letters,phonic patterns, interesting words and all sorts of things, basically playing around with the words and finding all the patterns within each rhyme.

I would also white out some of the words and photocopy this sheet for cloze activities.

This sheet could also be enlarged to poster size by following the poster settings on your printer - pop it onto a coloured background and laminate it and it becomes a terrific shared reading focus.


Ideas for Teaching Nursery Rhymes, Poems & Songs Large Print Pages

Teaching Nursery Rhymes - What do You Suppose 1These are intended for whole class shared reading.

The A4 size may be big enough for you, but I would enlarge these up to A3 size, glue them onto card, then laminate them so that they are easily seen by the children.

Our large print collection of nursery rhymes, poems and songs charts were always available for silent reading, free reading time.

Again we would 'word hunt'.  Whiteboard markers were used to find word patterns, count number of words, phonic patterns, grammar, rhyming words, all sorts of word treasures where found and explored.

The children love doing this.


Ideas for Teaching Nursery Rhymes, Poems & Songs Sentence Blocks / Word Blocks Pages

Teaching Nursery Rhymes - Mice 1

These are intended for use in the Poems/ Songs/ Rhymes Box - Literacy Tasks.

The sentence /word blocks are cut up either before or after laminating. Children put the sentences / words back in order to make up the whole nursery rhyme. (SEE PICTURE ABOVE)


Teaching Nursery Rhymes - What do You Suppose 3

These could also be used to make up a class book, with each child gluing one sentence onto a page and illustrating that page of the book.


These are also great to print as blackline masters for children to cut and paste back together in their Poems / Songs / Rhymes scrapbook.


Ideas for Teaching Nursery Rhymes, Poems and Songs - Matching Concept Book

Teaching Nursery Rhymes - Row Your Boat Concept BookHere, I have tried to create a concept book or mini book for each rhyme, you can really use them any way at all as you can with the resources above.

I have tried to leave most of them open-ended so the children can make up their own versions of the rhymes - again, blow them up to A4, A3 size and make a class version as well as individual versions. More concept book ideas...

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