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Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

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May 31 Deedee 4 min read

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten plus a free file!  

Teaching nursery rhymes is a great way to start your kindergarten year!  For some students, this might be there first introduction into nursery rhymes.

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Why teach nursery rhymes?

It helps students develop an ear for language.  It helps with oral language… at it is fun!

Poetry is the first genre that most children hear. Poetry isn’t just whimsical but contributes to increasing reading abilities. Lower primary teachers use nursery rhymes to develop phonemic awareness and one-to-one correspondence, and poetry helps children of all ages develop vocabulary. Reading poetry aloud over and over creates fluency with expression. Manning, M. (2003). A poetic awakening. Teaching PreK-8, 33(5), 85-87.

Books for your nursery rhyme unit of study

I have rounded up some fun ones!  

This first one is Moo, Moo, Brown Cow by Phillis Gershator. This nursery rhyme book appears to be out of print, but you can still get some great deals on used books.

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

It follows the cadence of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, but the boy visits various animals on the farm.  He asks them for things such as down. (Great opportunity to learn some new vocabulary!)

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

Then the following page shows how we use those items.

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

This book is laugh-out-loud funny!  Once upon a time, the End by Geoffrey Kloske is a bedtime story.

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

That never seems to end.  The boy wants his father to read ONE. MORE. STORY!

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

So the father shortens the stories in hilarious ways.  There are familiar stories and nursery rhymes in this book.  The Old Lady’s Shoe is everything!  Ha!

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

And the DISH Ran Away with the SPOON, by Janet Stevens is a gem! 

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

After the dish and spoon take off, the cat, dog, and cow get worried and try to find them.

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

Throughout the book, they encounter other nursery rhyme characters, such as the spider from Little Miss Muffet.

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

Here a few more that are excellent:

Nursery Rhymes for Shared Reading

Nursery rhymes are perfect for shared reading.  Students can read or sing along! 

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

In this poem, students were looking for the letter “Hh”.   Then we just used a cut-up transparent poly-plastic folder to highlight those letters (way easier to manage than highlighting tape.)  On another day, you might look for sight words (or words that you know).  You could also look for the rhyming words, capital letters, spaces between the words, or punctuation.  Think about all of those fantastic concepts about print you can work into this FUN activity.

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

While your student helper is placing the highlighting card in the pocket chart, you will want your other students doing the same in their poetry notebooks.  Note the QR code on the notebook.  This version of the poetry notebook is from my Nursery Rhymes  Poetry Music and Video File.  Then students can listen to the video and sing along at home or in a choice center.

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

We also have students work on a letter sort (students also have a print copy to follow along.)

Nursery Rhyme Literacy Activities for Kindergarten

Students also have an emergent reader to go with the nursery rhyme.

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

Here are the links to the shared reading items shown above:

Nursery Rhymes with handwriting practice

One of the very first thing I made for my classroom were these Read, Trace, Glue, and Draw files.  

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!
At the beginning of the year, students trace the letters (like the version on the left. But as quickly as possible, I have students write the sentence. I want them thinking about the path of motion vs. running their pencil on the lines of the tracing page. Does that make sense?

Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Centers

I mentioned the music files above, but they make a GREAT listening center activity.  I have made a binder for all of the poems and songs.  

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

Students can browse for the poem they want to listen to

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

Then, using a device, they can scan the code and listen to the song…SIMPLE.  You may be thinking… WAIT!  I don’t have devices in my room!   You can try this… send home a note to parents to see if they have any old smart-phones.  They don’t need a SIM card, they just need to be able to connect to the internet and have a QR reader app installed on it

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

I also have some nursery rhyme themed math and literacy center activities.

Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
This is a little nursery rhyme emergent reader.
Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
Students listen for the syllables and more their game piece accordingly.
Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
Students listen for the word that rhyme.
Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
Students match the upper and lowercase letters in these puzzles. I usually put 10 letters out at a time at the beginning of the year. Students then write the letters on their response sheet.
Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
AH… dough! Student match the upper and lowercase letters and then form them with dough.
Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
This is a roll and trace game. Students can roll and trace by the letter they roll… or the beginning sounds.
Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
Students sort by shape.
Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
Students count and then form the number with dough. Students also complete the ten frame.
Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
Student match the numbers with the subitizing dice.
Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
Students work on patters with the Old Mother Hubbard pattern book.
Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
Students complete the number puzzles.

I like to bind my black-line masters by unit so I stay a little be organized. #goals  

Nursery Rhyme Math and Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten

You can find these units by clicking:  Nursery Rhyme Literacy and Math Stations for Back to School

I sure hope I gave you a few ideas for teaching nursery rhymes in kindergarten!

You can read more about my poetry units in these blog post below:

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! Nursery rhyme read aloud books, poems and songs for shared reading, math centers and literacy centers for back to school time. Plus a FREE download!

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