Lesson Plan:

Words are ALIVE

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July 22, 2015
by Cortney Nagler

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to add drawings or other visual displays to textual descriptions.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Ask the class if they know any nursery rhymes.
  • Explain that a nursery rhyme is a short, rhyming story that is usually sung rather than read.
  • Give your own examples of nursery rhymes, and ask students to raise their hands whenever they recognize something you say. Some familiar rhymes you can mention are: "Hey Diddle Diddle," "Humpty Dumpty," "I'm a Little Teapot," and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider."

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Play a nursery rhyme video, e.g. I'm a Little Teapot, 2-3 times. Encourage students to sing along.
  • Distribute sheets of white paper and boxes of colored pencils to the class.
  • Ask each student to draw an illustration that goes with the nursery rhyme you just played.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Make copies of the Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Sally Sells Seashells worksheets available for students to work on once they complete their illustration activity.
  • Students may complete one or both of the worksheets, depending on how much time they spend on their illustrations beforehand.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Give students about five minutes to share their illustrations with one another.
  • Ask students to use the backs of their worksheets to create matching illustrations for the rhymes.



  • Enrichment: Assign the Fuzzy Wuzzy worksheet as an additional challenge for advanced students. Have them make their illustrations for this worksheet as detailed as possible, with a fur-free texture and a cold or confused expression for Fuzzy Wuzzy.
  • Support: Work one-on-one with struggling students. Ask them questions like: What is the nursery rhyme about?to guide them towards visualizing the nursery rhymes.

Technology Integration

Related Books and/or Media

  • BOOK: The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Collect students' illustrations and worksheets at the end of the exercise. Review them later to gauge how well they understood the meaning of each nursery rhyme.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Ask for volunteers to share things that they learned about nursery rhymes today.
  • Allow students to come up to the front of the room and show their illustrations to the rest of the class.
  • Review the definition of a nursery rhyme.

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