Lesson plan

Little Miss Muffet Retelling

Give your students the skills they need to remember key events and actions in a story with this lesson that has them practice with a simple nursery rhyme.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to retell a familiar nursery rhyme.

(5 minutes)
  • Read Little Miss Muffet aloud to your students.
  • Explain to the students that they will be making either a Little Miss Muffet or spider costume to use to act out the story later on.
(10 minutes)
  • Show children the yellow and black construction paper they will be using.
  • Explain to the students that they will cut the smaller vertical lines up to the longer horizontal lines.
  • Tell the students that those who choose the black paper will portray the spider and those who choose the yellow will portray Little Miss Muffet.
  • Have students cut their paper.
  • Ask the students to roll the paper around their pencil to create curls from the yellow paper, and to fold the black paper like an accordion to create spider legs.
  • Measure the prop around the child’s head to create the Miss Muffet or spider headband.
  • As all the students are finished have them gather together in the large group area to retell the nursery rhyme.
(20 minutes)
  • Gather the Miss Muffets in one area of the classroom.
  • Gather the spiders in another area of the classroom, explaining to them that they will crawl over and sit beside a Miss Muffet to frighten her away.
  • Explain to the Miss Muffets that they will sit on their tuffets, which can be pillows, construction paper circles, or just seats, and as you recite the rhyme they will pretend to eat the curds and whey, use disposable bowls and spoons here if you would like.
  • Instruct the Little Miss Muffets to say "eek" and leave the area when a "spider" sits down beside them.
  • Read the nursery rhyme and prompt your students to act it out as you read.
(15 minutes)
  • Allow your students to form groups and retell the story their own way.
  • You can provide a picture book for them to work from, or simply let their imagination run free.
  • Enrichment: Have advanced students put on a mini performance where they make up lines or actions for the characters based off of the nursery rhyme.
  • Support: Prompt these students while students are acting the nursery rhyme out. These students may also benefit from visual cues.
(20 minutes)
  • Note if the children are remembering the words and actions of the nursery rhyme.
  • Quiz your children by starting the nursery rhyme and having them complete it.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask the students to identify which character they portrayed.
  • Have your students pair-and-share who frightened Miss Muffet and what "frighten" means.
  • Ask students to identify what sound Little Miss Muffet made in the rhyme.
  • Pass out the Little Miss Muffet coloring page to your students to complete.

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