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Nursery Rhymes and Action

ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE

One, two,
Buckle my shoe;
Three, four,
Shut the door;
Five, six,
Pick up sticks;
Seven, eight,
Lay them straight;
Nine, ten,
A good fat hen;
Eleven, twelve,
Who will delve?
Thirteen, fourteen,
Maids a courting;
Fifteen, sixteen;
Maids a kissing;
Seventeen, eighteen,
Maids a waiting;
Nineteen, twenty,
My stomach’s empty.

PRESENTATION

Read the poem to the class once. Read it again and ask the class to call out the numbers. Read it a third time and this time YOU read the numbers and ask the class to read the actions out.

DISCUSSION

Ask the class to tell you all the rhymes they can find in the poem. Ask them what they notice about the length of the lines. Are they very short? They are. Does that help to remember the poem by heart? Are there any hard words that need to be looked up and explained?

ACTIVITES

Invent some actions to go with the poem and teach them to the class. Clap the rhythms of the poem. Write a class poem together using the number system... (For example, “One, Two,/ Dash for the loo/ Three, four/ Lock the door). Make it fun and funny!

Here is a short poem by Carol Ann Duffy:

BABY

I like to rub noses with you.
I like to count toeses with you.
And what I suppose is-
in fact I proposes-
wherever I goes it’s with you!

Here are some other action nursery rhymes:

INCEY WINCEY SPIDER

Incey Wincey spider
Climbing up the spout;

Down came the rain
And washed the spider out:

Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain;
Incey Wincey spider
Climbed up the spout again.

GAME ON A CHILD’S FACE

Here sits the Lord Mayor,
forehead.
Here sit his two men,
eyes.
Here sits the cock,
right cheek.
Here sits the hen,
left cheek.
Here sit the little chickens,
tip of nose.
Here they run in,
mouth.
Chinchopper, chinchopper,
Chinchopper, chin!
chuck the chin.

I AM A GOLD LOCK

1. I am a gold lock.
2. I am a gold key.
1. I am a silver lock.
2. I am a silver key.
1. I am a brass lock.
2. I am a brass key.
1. I am a lead lock.
2. I am a lead key.
1. I am a monk lock.
2. I am a monk key!

ACTIVITY

Make up a simple activity rhyme with the class- perhaps a series of questions which require an action for their answer. Here is a short example by Carol Ann Duffy:

GIVE IT UP

If you like scrambled eggs
cross your legs.
If you like rubber bands
clap your hands.
If you like wobbly jelly
and cheese from France that’s smelly,
don’t just nod your head
rub your belly!
I said don’t just nod your head
rub your belly!

If you like hot mince pies
cross your eyes.
If you like ginger beer
pull your ear.
If you like a juicy plum
and you really love your mum,
don’t just nod your head
spank your bum!
I said don’t just nod your head,
spank your bum!