Nursery Rhymes

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  1. Ilovefirst

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    My team members and I have realized how few nursery rhymes the students are coming to school with as background knowledge. Knowing what a basis for reading nursery rhymes can give students, we have decided to increase them in our teaching in the fall especially.

    I have been looking at amazon and various teacher resource places and have found a TON of teacher resource books regarding nursery rhymes. I was wondering if any of you use any or have some favorites you could point me to

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    favorite lessons you'd be willing to share. I'm just a bit overwhelmed by the amount I'm finding online and would like to know someone else uses it and likes it!

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    I saw that too, so we made a book of nursery rhymes and the kids helped color and illustrate it.

    Rock 'N Learn has a video (and probably a cd) of nursery rhymes put to a modern beat that my kids loved.
     
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    The 4 yr old PreK students all picked and memorized a nursery rhyme and recited it from memory at their "graduation" ceremony. So cute!

    There are lots of fun books that are a spin on a traditional nursery rhyme. I have a list at school. One of the new ones this past year was called Dimity Dumpty. It is the story of Humpty Dumpty's little sister. You could use this in conjunction with learning the traditional Humpty Dumpty.
     
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    Thanks for the ideas! Keep them coming, PLEASE!
     
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    I used some nursery rhymes and fairy tales for reading skills reviews (state test review sessions) in 6th grade and you're right, kids didn't know them. I can't remember the exact lessons but I think there was prediction, rhyming, character, point of view, that sort of thing.
     
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    My students do a nursery rhyme diorama as one of their monthly family homework projects. They have to depict the characters and setting of a nursery rhyme inside a shoebox. They are so cute!

    I've approached nursery rhymes many different ways. Sometimes I do a unit and sometimes I do one a week to go in a poetry folder. Sometimes I just do them randomly as they fit in with something else (like Humpty Dumpty when we learn the letter H).

    I love having students act out Jack be Nimble and inserting their own name. We just all sit in a big circle and recite the rhyme over and over again using each child's name. They get to jump over a candlestick.

    We make little lambs with cottonballs for Mary Had a Little Lamb.

    We highlight rhyming words in nursery rhymes.

    We've acted them out with our 5th grade buddies before. We give them a few buddy sessions to work on them. Sometimes they make costumes/masks and backdrops and props, too.
     
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    I LOVE these ideas from everyone! Thanks sooooo much! I'm making notes - keep suggesting. I'm also getting excited about this!!!!
     
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    Dr. Jean has a nursery rhyme CD.
    I just did a project on this for my Master's class, but don't have access to my files while I am on vacation!!
    One thing that I am going to try this year (I teach K) is the kids are going to have a notebook. They will glue a nursery rhyme on one side and draw a picture on the next page to go with the nursery rhyme (I will do one nursery rhyme a day) I am hoping it helps them remember the rhymes when they look back in their book.
    I wish I had access to my files, I would send them to you! Sorry!
     

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