Lesson Plan:

Jack and Jill: Letters and Pictures

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September 9, 2015
by Angela Coleby

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify words that begin with the letter J. Students will be able to act out a nursery rhyme. Students will be able to sequence a nursery rhyme.


Introduction (5 minutes)

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (25 minutes)

  • Ask students what words they heard that begin with the letter J.
  • Write the J words on the whiteboard, and highlight Jack and Jill.
  • Write the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme on the board, saying it as you write.
  • Read the rhyme line by line, and have students follow and repeat: Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill came tumbling after.
  • Discuss the meaning of words that they may not know, such as fetch. Explain that this means to go get something and bring it back. Explain that crown means the top of a person's head.
  • After they can say the rhyme, discuss safety with students. Ask questions about how it might feel to fall down and ways that they could have prevented their fall.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Select various students to act out the nursery rhyme.
  • Have students role play being Jack and Jill several times while the class says the rhyme.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Have students color the Jack and Jill coloring page and color the letters J a specific color.



  • Enrichment: Give your students paper to draw the nursery rhyme in its correct sequence.
  • Support: Instruct your students to copy the letter J at least 10 times on the back of the coloring page to practice identifying the letter.

Technology Integration

  • Using an interactive whiteboard, you can have pictures of the nursery rhyme and have your class drag them into the correct order.

Related Books and/or Media


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Ask students to say the rhyme and retell what happened first, second, and third in the nursery rhyme.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Have your class repeat and describe the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme.
  • Tell students to use their fingers to show what happened in the story.
  • Show them how to walk their middle and pointer fingers up in the air to walk up the hill, and have them move their fingers downward to show Jack and Jill tumbling.

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