I have written before about the importance of nursery rhymes in the classroom. I believe that they are very important for children to know. There are so many references to them in literature and movies. Here are a few:
—Baa Baa Black Sheep (a funny TV series about the Black Sheep Squadron in WWII)
—All the President’s Men (book and movie about uncovering the Watergate scandal)
–“Pretty Maids All in a Row” (Eagles song from the “Hotel California” album)
…My mind seems to be stuck in the 1970s right now!
Anyway, my third graders are memorizing their nursery rhymes. Many students know at least some of them, so we’re learning several each week. (It’s very good for them. I truly believe that memorizing makes you smarter.) We say our rhymes at least twice a day, and recite a few during transition times (mixing them in with our multiplication songs.)
I found an excellent website about nursery rhymes. I like it because it gives you the history of the nursery rhymes. (Did you know the animals listed in “Hey, Diddle Diddle” are constellations?) The site is easy to navigate because it lists the rhymes on the left side of each page.
I created five nursery rhyme sheets for my students—one a week. Here they are in PDF form, ready for your little darlings. The formatting is certainly not a thing of beauty, but you will see that I did fit many nursery rhymes on each page.
Fun extension activity: read …And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon
Save the planet! Copy your nursery rhymes on scratch paper.