Mother Goose
Unit
Shared Reading:
Just Me by Ron Bacon
Focus Poetry:
"Humpty Dumpty"
Journal Topics:
*Draw Jack and Jill going up the hill.
*What do you think they did with all Humpty Dumpty's broken pieces?
*Hickory Dickory Dock! Draw the mouse going up the clock.
*Draw yourself jumping over the candlestick.
*Draw pairs of pictures that rhyme.
Center Ideas:
fine motor center: perforate lamb shape, Scribble Art mouse

pocket chart: add a candlestick prop and poem card:
(Name) be nimble! (Name) be quick! (Name) jump over the candlestick!
Students use a Vis-a-Vis marker to add their names to the poem before acting it out!

art: Humpty Dumpty  (students cut out egg shape and add features to resemble
Humpty Dumpty; then they sponge paint a brick wall for him to sit on)

writing: What rhymes?
Literature
Each Peach Pear Plum  by Janet and Allan Ahlburg




The Missing Tarts  by B.G. Hennesey
*Make simple cherry tarts (cherry pie filling in ready to bake tart shells) to eat
while volunteers perform a favorite rhyme

Sing a Song of Mother Goose   by Barbara Reid
*Read as many poems as possible... end with "Jack and Jill".  Identify and list
pairs of rhyming words on chart paper.  Students create a green torn-paper hill
on a blue background. They glue a picture of a well to the top of the hill and
make popsicle stick puppets for Jack and Jill.

Rhyme Me a Riddle Sing Me a Song (Houghton Mifflin)
*Read "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe," focusing on the pairs of rhyming words.  
Students complete a rhyme booklet.  The booklet is a piece of legal paper
folded in half like a book.  The poem is on the cover and the inside reads:
"What rhymes?"
2   and  ___
4   and  ___
6   and  ___
8   and  ___
10  and  ___
Students glue the rhyming picture in each blank (shoe, door, etc).

The Glorious Mother Goose by Cooper Edens




Once Upon a Time by John Prater

Mixed-Up Mother Goose
*Students identify the characters in the story.  Then, to complete a Nursery
Rhyme Review Book, each student will write in the initial letter sounds for each
character's name:
"__ee __illie __inkie  ran down the street," etc.

The Little Dog Laughed and Other Nursery Rhymes  by Lucy Cousins
*Read as many rhymes as possible, but end with "Pat-a-Cake". Recreate the
poem using children's names.  Each child illustrates a cake, frosts it with "fluff"
(a wonderful concoction of shaving cream, glue, and food coloring) and then
tops it with the appropriate die-cut letter for his/her name.
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Baker's man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Pat it and prick it and mark it with a __.
Then put it in the oven for _______ and me!

Mother Goose by Gyo Fujikawa
*Compare/contrast the way Mother Goose is illustrated in each of the versions
read that week.  Record class ideas and observations on chart paper.

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We also print out copies from enchantedlearning.com to make a "Rebus
Rhymes" book.

*We replace Polly and Sukey with student names in the pocket chart with "Polly
Put the Kettle On".  They love singing and acting it out.

*Hey, Diddle, Diddle and Other Mother Goose Rhymes by Tomie de Paola"
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Links:
Mother Goose Rhymes              
Ideas for Mother Goose                       
A Rhyme a Week                       
Mother Goose     
Mrs. Anderson's Nursery Rhyme Unit   
The Mother Goose Pages