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Growing Readers and Writers with Help from Mother Goose

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Growing Readers and Writers with Help from Mother Goose

Grade K
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time 5-10 minutes per session
Lesson Author

Devon Hamner

Devon Hamner

Grand Island, Nebraska


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology





  • Charts of the poems (with print large enough to be read as a group) to use for shared reading. I use some of the Nursery Rhyme Chart Series (1990) by American Teaching Aids; these are colorful charts with teaching ideas, activities, art, and individual-sized copies of the poster on the back of each nursery rhyme that can be run off for classroom use. Another alternative is just to print out your own copies of the poems.

  • Pictures of the various nursery rhyme characters and word cards with their names printed on them

  • Highlighter tape to mark key words or letters as you use the charts

  • A Word Wall to display pictures of the nursery rhyme characters and their names

  • Chunking Charts Example: Using Humpty Dumpty's wall as the background of the chart, the students can generate other rhyming words to record on the bricks that would rhyme with "wall"

  • Tapes and CDs of nursery rhymes for your listening centeróJack Hartmann and Raffi have excellent ones

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  • Assemble the supplies listed above.

  • Prepare your Word Wall with the letters of the alphabet and room to add pictures of the nursery rhyme characters and their names. (It is helpful to allow a large enough space that you will have room to add other key words as well, such as your own students' photographs and names, significant environmental print like stop signs /s/, or labeled pictures of things you study.)

  • There are many sources of small books of the individual poems that you may choose to use occasionally. "25 Mother Goose Peek-A-Books" by Scholastic is a good resource.

  • Bookmark Websites.

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