Writing a Nursery Rhyme

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1. Using a Smartboard, or an LCD projector, open this link: http://www.zelo.com/FAMILY/NURSERY/. If you do not have these resources, you'll need a volume of Mother Goose tales, and to write out several nursery rhymes where child can read and comment on them.

2. The first writing activity is based on "Hickory Dickory Dock." The second is based on "Baa, Baa Black Sheep."


Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock

4. Read "Hickory Dickory Dock." Point out that it has a mouse that climbs a surprising object, a clock. "In your notebooks, write down the name of an animal, and the name of something the animal climbs."

5. "Now, take the object you've written down and name something it does. "In Hickory Dickory," the clock strikes one. If you used a horse who climbed a rock, the rock could break, or it could fall, or it could tumble, etc.

6. Write down what the animal does in response to the object. For example, if the rock broke, the horse could fly.

7. Now, ask students to write a nonsense phrase similar to hickory dickory dock.

8. Students share their animal, their object, what the object does, what the animal does, and their nonsense phrase.

9. Give the students 8 to ten minutes to compose a nursery rhyme with the information they have written down.

10. Students share their writing.

During the same period, I move on to a second prompt, "Baa Baa Black Sheep."

1. Visit zelo.com, or write Baa Baa Black Sheep on the board.

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