Lesson plan

Jack and Jill: Letters and Pictures

Who where those two kids who went up that hill again? This lesson plan includes role playing with a familiar nursery rhyme.
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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.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Play the Letter J song by Little Fox.
(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 and crown. Explain that "fetch" means to go get something and bring it back, and "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.
(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.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students color the Jack and Jill coloring page and color the letter J a specific color.


  • Instruct your students to copy the letter J at least 10 times on the back of the coloring page to practice identifying the letter.


  • Give your students paper to draw the nursery rhyme in its correct sequence.
  • Using an interactive whiteboard, you can have pictures of the nursery rhyme and have your class drag them into the correct order.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to say the rhyme and retell what happened first, second and third in the nursery rhyme.
(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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