Mother Goose
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?
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.

We also print out copies from 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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Mother Goose Rhymes              
Ideas for Mother Goose                       
A Rhyme a Week                       
Mother Goose     
Mrs. Anderson's Nursery Rhyme Unit   
The Mother Goose Pages