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An Educational Resource to Nursery Rhymes

written by: Janelle Cox • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 4/5/2012

Using nursery rhymes is a great way to introduce students to rhyming. Use this guide to help you find activities that will get your students excited about learning.

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    Nursery rhymes have been a tradition for many years. We've gathered together a wide variety of information to help you find fun ways to teach your students about rhyming using nursery rhymes. Students develop important skills such as hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills when manipulating crafts and creating art and sculptures, language and social skills when working in groups, and exercise their imagination and confidence while participating in activities.

    You'll discover topics geared toward specific rhymes such as Rain, Rain Go Away, Mary Had a Little Lamb and Humpty Dumpty as well as other perennial favorites. Learn how to teach a week-long unit on nursery rhymes and learn about Old Hindi traditional rhymes. Check out these ideas to help keep your students engaged and provide a deeper, richer learning experience and environment.

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    Teaching Nursery Rhymes: An Overview for a Week Long Unit

    Looking for an overall nursery rhyme unit for your students? Read more about the history, weekly ideas, learning objectives and assessment. Follow these guidelines and you will gain knowledge and incredible ideas for your students.

    Teaching with Nursery Rhymes: Rain, Rain Go Away

    Learn how to plan your weekly lesson around one of the most popular rhymes: Rain, Rain Go Away. Here you will find a step by step roadmap for what to do on each specific day using the rhyme. You will also learn how to teach rhyming words and word families in fun and interactive ways.

    Teaching with Nursery Rhymes: Hickory, Dickory, Dock Activities

    Hickory, Dickory, Dock is an exceptional tale that your students will love to learn. You'll love these creative week-long activities that include activities such as a Venn diagram and charting rhyming words. Even the youngest students with the shortest attention spans will be charmed by this lesson.

    Teaching with Nursery Rhymes: Mary Had a Little Lamb

    Use the nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb as a way to teach rhyming words and word families. Learn different activities to do with your students on each day of the week. Students will enjoy learning about this classic rhyme through fun activities

    Teaching with Nursery Rhymes: Humpty Dumpty

    Here are some new ways to incorporate the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty into your daily routine. Check out these daily activities that include rhyming words, word families and group activities. Learn fun ways to teach this traditional nursery rhyme to your students.

    Teaching with Nursery Rhymes: Hey Diddle, Diddle

    Discover innovative ways you may not have thought of to teach the old nursery rhyme Hey, Diddle, Diddle. Learn how to incorporate this lovely rhyme about silliness into your week-long unit. Explore new activities that will have students working in groups and having fun learning about this adorable rhyme.

    Teaching with Nursery Rhymes: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

    Use this classic nursery rhyme to get your students to learn how to read independently by the end of the week. Discover activities that will have your students learning new vocabulary and word families through the use of repetition and practice.

    Teaching with Nursery Rhymes: Jack and Jill

    The story of Jack and Jill as they went up the hill is an old favorite. Acquire lessons that will get your students excited to learn about this wonderful rhyme. Learn about the meaning of the story and discover ideas to teach the rhyme throughout the week.

    Using Nursery Rhymes to Teach Strategies for Phonemic Awareness

    Phonemic awareness is the most important way for students to become aware of words. Learn the meaning of phonemic awareness and the strategies that will help you teach your students about it. Explore activities using nursery rhymes to teach this concept.

    Ring! Ring! Music Activities with Hand Bells: Using Nursery Rhymes

    Learn how to enhance your kindergartener's learning through the use of hand bells. Discover which nursery rhymes to ring the bells to and learn activities that correlate with it. Students will have a blast while using their gross motor skills to recite rhymes.

    Kindergarten Math Lesson to Teach Number Words Using Nursery Rhymes

    Learn how to use the nursery rhyme One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, to teach number words to elementary students. Gain knowledge about how to create a fun center game that will teach your students number words while they recite a nursery rhyme. Students will love learning their numbers with this fun activity.

    What are your favorite nursery rhymes to teach? Share more ideas in the comments.