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Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes Unit

1. Author/Illustrator – Author: Unknown Illustrator: Tomie dePaolo

2. Title and date of publication – Mother Goose, Rain Rain Go Away Published: 1985

3. Genre – Poetry

4. Format – Picture Book

5. Award – No awards listed

6. Summary of book – Nursery rhyme about rain.

7. Strategies to use with the book
I would start story time by having the children come to circle. Since we are preschool, we would most likely hop like frog or slither like a snake to get there. Once everyone is seated, I will recite the nursery rhyme, Rain Rain Go Away. We would then all say it together, maybe multiple times so they can learn it.

After I read the nursery rhyme, we will match some pre-selected picture vocabulary words on the felt board (If I had a smartboard like the rest of my school, we would use that, but I do not.) For this rhyme, I would use the different types of weather for vocabulary even though they are not all in the rhyme. In order to do our vocabulary, we sing the “Surprise Bag” song and each child pulls out a vocabulary word. They then run it through the smart talk device, it reads the word to them and then they match it to the same picture on the felt board.

We would sing the Weather Song by Dr. Jean Feldman and then discuss the different clothes and things we would need for each different type of weather. I would have different things like a raincoat, a swimsuit, a heavy coat, etc. for the children to choose what you would wear in different weather. We would then move to centers where the activities would be related to the rhyme.

1. Author/Illustrator – Author: Unknown Illustrator: Tomie dePaolo


2. Title and date of publication – Mother Goose, Little Bo Peep Published: 1985

3. Genre – Poetry

4. Format – Picture Book

5. Award – No awards listed

6. Summary of book – Nursery Rhyme about a little girl watching after some sheep.

7. Strategies to use with the book
I would start story time by having the children come to circle. Since we are preschool, we would most likely hop like frog or slither like a snake to get there. Once everyone is seated, I would recite the nursery rhyme, Little Bo Peep. We would then all say it together, maybe multiple times so they can learn it.

After I read the nursery rhyme, we would match some pre-selected picture vocabulary words on the felt board (If I had a smartboard like the rest of my school, we would use that, but I do not.) For this rhyme, I would use the different types of rhyming words for vocabulary even though they are not all in the rhyme. In order to do our vocabulary, we sing the “Surprise Bag” song and each child pulls out a vocabulary word. They then run it through the smart talk device, it reads the word to them and then they match it to the same picture on the felt board.

After the surprise bag, we would do the Mystery Box. This is when I hide an object inside a tin box. We do our Mystery box chant and then the children ask for clues to guess what is hiding inside the box. When a child guesses, I pull the object out for all to see and touch. After the mystery box, we would move to centers where the activities would be related to the nursery rhyme.

1. Author/Illustrator – Author: Unknown Illustrator: Tomie dePaolo

2. Title and date of publication – Mother Goose, Hickory Dickory Dock Published: 1985

3. Genre – Poetry

4. Format – Picture Book

5. Award – No awards listed

6. Summary of book – Nursery rhyme about a mouse that runs up a clock.

7. Strategies to use with the book -
I would start story time by having the children come to circle. Since we are preschool, we would most likely hop like frog or slither like a snake to get there. Once everyone is seated, I would recite the nursery rhyme, Hickory Dickery Dock. We would all say the nursery rhyme together, maybe multiple times so they can learn it.

After I read the nursery rhyme, we will match some pre-selected picture vocabulary words on the felt board (If I had a smartboard like the rest of my school, we would use that, but I do not.) For this rhyme, I would use the different numbers. In order to do our vocabulary, we sing the “Surprise Bag” song and each child pulls out a vocabulary word. They then run it through the smart talk device, it reads the word to them and then they match it to the same picture on the felt board.

I would then have the children look at a clock to give exposure to what a clock does. Then we would move to the art table where we would color a clock and then stamp a thumbprint on the clock. We would then draw eyes and a tail on our thumbs to look like mice running up the clock.

1. Author/Illustrator – Author: Unknown Illustrator: Tomie dePaolo

2. Title and date of publication – Mother Goose, Baa Baa Black Sheep Published: 1985

3. Genre – Poetry

4. Format – Picture Book

5. Award – No awards listed

6. Summary of book – Nursery rhyme about a sheep who bears wool for others.

7. Strategies to use with the book
I would start story time by having the children come to circle. Since we are preschool, we would most likely hop like frog or slither like a snake to get there. Once everyone is seated, I would recite the nursery rhyme, Baa Baa Black Sheep. We would all sing the nursery rhyme together, maybe multiple times so they can learn it.

After I read the nursery rhyme, we will match some pre-selected picture vocabulary words on the felt board (If I had a smartboard like the rest of my school, we would use that, but I do not.) For this rhyme, I would use the different color words. In order to do our vocabulary, we sing the “Surprise Bag” song and each child pulls out a vocabulary word. They then run it through the smart talk device, it reads the word to them and then they match it to the same picture on the felt board.

After the surprise bag, we would do the Mystery Box. This is when I hide an object inside a tin box. We do our Mystery box chant and then the children ask for clues to guess what is hiding inside the box. When a child guesses, I pull the object out for all to see and touch. After the mystery box, we would move to centers to make a black sheep with cotton balls and paint.


1. Author/Illustrator – Author: Unknown Illustrator: Tomie dePaolo

2. Title and date of publication – Mother Goose, Three Little Kittens Published: 1985

3. Genre – Poetry

4. Format – Picture Book

5. Award – No awards listed

6. Summary of book – Nursery rhyme about three kittens who lose their mittens and then find them and get them dirty.

7. Strategies to use with the book
I would start story time by having the children come to circle. Since we are preschool, we would most likely hop like frog or slither like a snake to get there. Once everyone is seated, I would recite the nursery rhyme, Three Little Kittens. We would all say the nursery rhyme together, maybe multiple times so they can learn it.

After I read the nursery rhyme, we would match some pre-selected picture vocabulary words on the felt board (If I had a smartboard like the rest of my school, we would use that, but I do not.) For this rhyme, I would use the different rhyming words even if they were not in the rhyme. In order to do our vocabulary, we sing the “Surprise Bag” song and each child pulls out a vocabulary word. They then run it through the smart talk device, it reads the word to them and then they match it to the same picture on the felt board.

After the surprise bag, we would all put on mittens that our moms sent in. I would have extra pairs of mittens for those who forgot their mittens. The moms would be aware of the activity and that the mittens would come home dirty. We would move to the snack table and eat pie with our mittens on.