Saturday, August 31, 2013

Pre-Kinder Lesson Plan - Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme

                               Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

This small group activity/lesson plan comes from    I am currently teaching my Pre-K students about identifying rhymes and word awareness,  syllable awareness and sound discrimination - all parts of phonological awareness.

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First read Humpty Dumpty to the kids, then clap out each word.  Then read it again and omit the last word in each line and let the students fill in the blanks. 
Next, point out the rhyming words for them:  Humpty, Dumpty, wall, fall, men, again. 
Let them hear the endings and explain what rhyming words are!  Next clap out the syllables in the poem together with the students to emphasize syllables. 
Then clap out the syllables of each child's name.
Then say the following sounds (not the letter names):  /m/, /m/, /s/. 
Have the student repeat the sounds. 
Tell the student that /m/ and /m/ are the same sounds and /s/ is different. 
Do this again with other sounds and have the students tell you the sound that is different!

Comprehension:  Ask the following questions:
What happened to Humpty Dumpty?
Who tried to help him?
What is Humpty Dumpty?
Do you think he will ever be put back together again?

Game:  (Phonological Awareness - rhyming)  Find pictures in magazines or online that rhyme.  Make simple cards out of them.  Show the children the pictures and name each one.  Mix up the cards and have the student(s) see how fast he or she can sort the cards into groups of rhymes.  Tell the student(s) the name of the picture if he/she forgets.  Repeat the activity. Let each student have a turn.

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