Each nursery rhyme listed below will eventually come with the following activities or resources:
    *    a planning matrix
    *    sequencing activity (updated 5/10/17)
    *    word search (high frequency/sight words)
    *    stationery and worksheet for word family rime
    *    shape book to use for nonfiction    

The planning matrix addresses sight words, cross curricular connections, onset and rime, suggested book lists, reading and writing ideas and much, much more. As you go through this page, you will note that it is incomplete. Only the underlined items are linked and ready. I have so much to add to it, but I'm splitting my time between this page and the others. It will come! However, if there is a nursery rhyme that you're just dying to use, please let me know (carl1404@msn.com) and I'll update that one for you.



First Grade Spelling: Rimes &  Rhymes
A yearly correlation guide for using Mother Goose and rimes to teach spelling to first grade students.
Mother Goose Student Anthology
Put together an anthology of Mother Goose rhymes for each child to read and illustrate.


My Mother Goose Cover


Mother Goose Money


Cooking With Mother Goose

This is a work in progress. There are 15 recipes now and more will be added later. If you have any ideas for other recipes that you'd like to share, please let me know at


Mother Goose Cube


Mother Goose Award Ribbon


Mother Goose Certificate


Table Signs
Use to designate groups while doing a Mother Goose unit.




Mother Goose Calendar Numbers



Mother Goose Calendar Headings



Mother Goose Go Fish

A Hunting We Will Go

Planning Matrix
Word Search
Shape Book

A-Hunting We Will Go!


As I Was Going to St. Ives


Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Planning Matrix
eep Word Family Set
Pop-Up Book and Background

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

Moo, Moo, Brown Cow (Jakki Wood)
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep (Marilyn Janovitz)
Baa Baa Black Sheep (Iza Trapani)
Baa Baa Black Sheep (Moira Kemp)
Charlie Needs a Cloak (dePaola)
Tomie's Baa Baa Black Sheep (Tomie dePaola)
I Love Sheep (poem)
Little Lambs (poem)
Baby Sheep (poem)


"Bow, Wow, Wow," Said the Dog

Planning Matrix
at, og, uck, ow word families
Shape Book
Word Search
Poem: My Dog

Accordion Book/flap pictures

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

The Cow That Went OINK (Most)
Once a Lullaby (Anita Lobel)
It's a Perfect Day (Abigail Pizer)
"Buzz, Buzz, Buzz," Went Bumblebee (Colin West)
Buzz Said the Bee (Lewison, Wendy Cheyette)
Who Says a Dog Goes Bow-wow? (Hank De Zutter)
Pig, Horse, Or Cow, Don't Wake Me Now (Arlene Alda)
Moo, Baa, La la La! (Boynton)
One Windy Wednesday (Root)


The Crooked Man


Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling

Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling (Tracey Campbell Pearson)


Five Little Monkeys

Five Little Monkeys
Little Reader

ed Word Family Set


Five Little Monkeys Copy Change

Coloring sheet:

Monkey Crafts: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/jungle-monkeys.html

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed 
Series by Eileen Christelow


Hey, Diddle, Diddle

Planning Matrix
Word Search
Big Book
Hey, Diddle, Diddle Match
Hey, Diddle Handwriting
Hey, Diddle, Diddle Pictures and Words

oon Moon Shape Book
Hey, Diddle, Diddle Mobile
Moon Stationery (oon Word Family)
Cow Shape Book
Level 1 Reading Book
Hey, Diddle, Diddle Following Directions
Hey, Diddle, Diddle Rebus Story
Hey, Diddle, Diddle Copy Change
Hey, Diddle, Diddle Jigsaw Puzzle
Hey, Diddle, Diddle Desktop Nametags
Hey, Diddle, Diddle Word Family Coloring
Picture Sequencing
Hey, Diddle, Diddle Story Telling Cube

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds:

Hey, Diddle, Daddle: a copy change (James Marshall)

Hey Diddle Diddle Board Book
Hey Diddle Diddle (Kin Eagle)
The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down (Paul Brett Johnson)
When Cows Come Home (Harrison)
The Missing Mother Goose  (Stephen Krensky)
No Moon, No Milk!  (Babcock)
Hey Diddle Diddle (dePaola)
Hey, Riddle, Riddle (Hayes)
And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon (Stevens)



 Hickety, Pickety, My Black Hen

en Word Family Set (Hen)
All About Hens


Reading Book

Big Fat Hen
Big Fat Hen
Board Book


Hickory, Dickory, Dock

Planning Matrix

Hickory Dickory Dock Activity Book


Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

Hickory Dickory Dock (Heather Collins)
It's AboutTime (Lee Bennett Hopkins)
The Time Book (Britannica Discovery Library)
Clocks and More Clocks (Pat Hutchins)
Hickory Dickory Dock
The Missing Mother Goose (Stephen Krensky)
The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock (Aylesworth)


Hot Cross Buns
Humpty Dumpty

Planning Matrix
Humpty Dumpty Bookmark
Another Humpty Dumpty Poem
Wall Stationery (all family)
How I Like My Eggs
Egg Pictures
Word Search (sight words)
Humpty Dumpty Word Search (at family)
Humpty Dumpty Puzzle
Humpty Dumpty Following Directions
Humpty Dumpty Rebus Story
Humpty Dumpty Copy Change
Humpty Dumpty Word Family Coloring (at, all, en)
Humpty Dumpty Desktop Nametags

Humpty Dumpty Big Book
Humpty Dumpty Little Reader

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds:

An Extraordinary Egg (Lionni, Leo)
Big Egg (Coxe, Molly)
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones (Heller, Ruth)
Little Lumpty (Miko Imai)
The Missing Mother Goose (Stephen Krensky)
Humpty Dumpty All Cracked Up! (Lisa Ann Marsoli)
Humpty Dumpty (Playmore)
Humpty Dumpty (Kirk)
Humpty Dumpty Flew off the Wall (Hayes)
What's Inside? (Martin)
Humpty Dumpty (big book)



I Had a Little Nut Tree


I Know an Old Lady
Who Swallowed a Fly

Fly Stationery
-y Word Family Set

Word Search
Pictures for accordion book

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

Oh My a Fly! (Jan Pienkowski)
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Glen Hay)
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Bonne)
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Hoberman and Westcott)
(Sing-Along Stories Series)
I Know an Old Lady (G. Brian Karas)
I Know An Old Woman (Bari Weissman)
I know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Nadine Bernard Westcott)
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Alison Jackson)


I'm a Little Teapot

Planning Matrix

out Word Family Set


Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

I'm a Little Teapot (Kemp)
I'm a Little Teapot (Iza Trapani)
Muffin Mouse's New House (Di Fiori)


It's Raining, It's Pouring


Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

It's Raining, It's Pouring (Kin Eagle)
Why does It Rain? (Chris Arvetis)
Rain Song (Leslie Evans)
The Storm (Harshman)
The Rain Came Down (Shannon)


The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Planning Matrix
un Word Family Set (sun)
out Word Family Set (spout)

Spider Book
Itsy Bitsy Spider Desktop Nametags
Itsy Bitsy Spider Word Search (un Word Family)
Itsy Bitsy Spider Reading Book

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds:

Eensy Weensy Spider (Heather Collins)
The Itsy Bitsy Spider (Lorianne Siomades)
Eensy Weensy Spider
The Eensy-Weensy Spider (Hoberman and Westcott)
(Sing-Along Stories series)
The Roly-Poly Spider (Jill Sardegna)
The Itsy Bitsy Spider (Iza Trapani)
Mighty Spiders! (Fay Robinson)
Eency Weency Spider (Joanne Oppenheim)


Jack Be Nimble


ick Word Family Set

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

Jack Jump Under the Candlestick (Donna Lugg Pape)
The Missing Mother Goose (Stephen Krensky)
Jack (Rigby Big Book)


Jack and Jill

Planning Matrix
ill Word Family Set

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

Jack and Jill (Board Book)
Jack and Jill and the Giant (Calvin Irons)
Jack and Jill's Spill (Lisa Ann Marsoli)
Jack and Chill Were King of the Hill (Hayes)

Jack and Jill (Rigby big book)


Jack Sprat


Ladybug, Ladybug

Planning Matrix
Ladybug Book
Ladybug, Ladybug Reader
ug Word Slide
ug Bug Shape Book
ug Word Family Set
Ladybug Math
(Use with black paper dots to solve equations)
Ladybug, Ladybug Desktop Nametags
Ladybug, Ladybug Word Search (ug Word Family)


Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds:

The Grouchy Ladybug (Eric Carle)
The Ladybug and Other Insects (Scholastic)
Ladybug, Ladybug (Ruth Brown)
Houses and Homes


Little Bo-Peep


Lamb Headband

eep Word Family Set

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

The Day the Sheep Showed Up (David McPhail)
Little Bo-Peep
(Paul Galdone)
Little Bo-Peep
(Rebecca Archer)
Sheep in a Shop  (Nancy Shaw)
Take a Hike/Eat Out
Sheep in a Jeep
(Nancy Shaw)
Woolly Sheep and Hungry Goats
(Allan Fowler)
Have You Seen My Duckling?


Little Boy Blue

Word Search

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

Over in the Meadow (Lilian Obligado)
Little Boy Blue (Board Book)
When Sheep Cannot Sleep (Satashi Kitamura)
Sheep, Sheep, Sheep, Help Me Fall Asleep (Arlene Alda)
Little Boy Blue and the Panda's Kazoo (Hayes)
Little Boy Blue's Horn (Wing)
Over in the Meadow (big book)
Corn On and Off the Cob


Little Jack Horner


Dirt Pie
(Recipe and Sequencing Activity)

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

Each Peach Pear Plum (Ahlberg)
Little Jack Horner (Rigby Big Book)
Sweet Potato Pie (Rockwell)
Story of Little Jack Horner (Wing)
Sweet Dream Pie (Wood)
How to Make a Mud Pie (Williams)
Apron Annie's Pies (Nechaev)


Little Miss Muffet


ay Word Family Set
How I Like My Oatmeal

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

Little Miss Muffet (Beck)
The Missing Mother Goose (Krensky)
Little Miss Muffet's Count-Along Surprise (Clark)
Miss Muffet and Her Pet the Puffin (Hayes)
The Very Busy Spider (Carle) Little Miss Muffet (Rigby Big Book)


Mary Had a Little Lamb

Planning Matrix
Lamb Headband

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

The Sheep Follow (Monica Wellington)
Mary Had a Little Lamb (Hoberman and Westcott)
(Sing-Along Stories Series)
Mary Had a Little Lamb (Iza Trapani)
Mary Had a Little Lamb (Sarah Josepha Hale)
Mary Had a Little Lamb ( Gavy)
Mary Had a Little Lamb (Rigby Big Book)
Mary Had a Little Lamb (Creative Child Press)
Charlie Needs a Cloak (dePaola)


Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Planning Matrix
Accordion Book

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

Birthday Happy, Contrary Mary (Anita Jeram)


Miss Mary Mack

Miss Mary Mack (Hoberman and Westcott)
(Sing-Along Stories series)


Miss Polly Had a Dolly

Miss Polly Had a Dolly (Mellentin and Wood)


The Mulberry Bush


Oh, Where, Oh, Where Has
My Little Dog Gone?

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? (Iza Trapani)
The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy


Old King Cole

Planning Matrix





Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard Bookmark
Dog Shape Book (nonfiction writing)
Mother Hubbard's Bones: Number Writing
Mother Hubbard's Bones: Addition Facts
Mother Hubbard's Bones: Subtraction Facts
Old Mother Hubbard's Handwriting
Dog Shape Book (og family) color
Dog Shape Book (og family ) b & w
og Word Slide

og Word Family Set
What's In Your Cupboard? (categories)
What's In Your Cupboard? (numbers)

Old Mother Hubbard Little Reader
Old Mother Hubbard Word Search (og Word Family)

The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog (Tomie dePaola)
Old Mother Hubbard's Dog Dresses Up
(John Yeoman & Quentin Blake)
Old Mother Hubbard's Dog Learns to Play
(John Yeoman & Quentin Blake)
Old Mother Hubbard (
A. and M. Provensen)


One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

Big Fat Hen (Keith Baker)


Over in the Meadow

In the meadow (David M. Schwartz)
Over in the Meadow
(Paul Galdone)
Over in the Meadow
(Ezra Jack Keats)
Over in the Meadow
(John Langstaff)
Over in the Meadow
(Louise Voce) Big Book
Over on the Farm
(Christopher Gunson
In the Tall Tall Grass
(Denise Fleming)


Pease Porridge


Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

ell Word Family Set

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever
(Steven Kroll)
The Pumpkin House (Rigby 17)


Polly, Put the Kettle On



Pop Goes the Weasel



Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat



The Queen of Hearts

Stationery (art word family)
Queen of Hearts Sequencing

The Queen of Hearts (Koda, Elizabeth)
A Heart for the Queen of Hearts
(Dussling, Lynn)
The Queen of Hearts
(Randolph Caldecott)



Rain, Rain, Go Away

Rain, Rain, Go Away!
(ay Family Reader)

Rainy Day Stories & Poems (Bauer, ed.)
Rain Talk
(Mary Serfozo)
The Rain Came Down
(David Shannon)
Rain (Robert
Kalan & Donald Crews)

Rock-A-Bye Baby

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Boat Stationery (oat  word family)
oat Word Family Set

Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Joanne Oppenheim)





Rub-A-Dub Dub
(ub Family Reader)

Rub a Dub Dub (Kin Eagle)
The Tub People
(Pam Conrad)


Shoo Fly!



Simple Simon

The Adventures of Simple Simon (Chris Conover)


Sing a Song of Sixpence


Six Little Ducks

Stationery (ack word family)
Duck Book


Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear



The Bear Went Over the Mountain


The Bear Went over the Mountain (Rosemary Wells)
Rosie's Walk


The Muffin Man

Muffin Man Bookmark
Muffin Stationery (ane and an family)
an Word Family Set

Muffin Book
Word Search
Following Directions
Muffin Man Addition Facts
Muffin Man Subtraction Facts
Muffin Man Handwriting
Muffin Man Writing Numbers
Muffin Man Jigsaw Puzzle
The Muffin Man Desktop Nametags
The Muffin Man Word Building Mat (an family)
Muffin Man Word Slide (an Word Family)
The Muffin Man Little Reader

The Muffin Man Headband
(print on legal size)

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds:

If You Give a Moose a Muffin
Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond, Illustrator)
Muffin Dragon (Stephen Cosgrove)
The Muffin Muncher (Stephen Cosgrove)




There Was a Little Turtle

Turtle Stationery (ox family)



There Was An Old Woman

Old Woman Stationery (ead family)
There Was an Old Woman Bookmark
Following Directions
Old Woman Jigsaw Puzzle
Old Woman in a Shoe Desktop Nametags
Old Woman in a Shoe Word Family Coloring
Whose Shoes?
Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Little Reader
Word Search (ed Word Family)

Fancy Feet
(Mini Book)

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

Alligator Shoes (Dorros, Arthur)
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? (Carlstrom)
Red, blue, Yellow Shoe (Hoban)
Shoes (Baily)
Shoes (Winthrop)
Two Shoes, New Shoes (Hughes)
Who Wears Shoes (Nayen, Judy)
Whose Shoes? (Wildsmith, Brian)

Cherry Carl

Hey, little Suze, have you heard the news?
I’m going shopping for a new pair of shoes!
What shall I buy and what shall I wear?
There are so many shoes to try on there:
Big shoes, little shoes, browns and blues,
Shiny new shoes that come in twos,
Flat shoes, tall shoes, shoes for zoos,
Shoes to wear if you take a cruise,
Cowboy boots and snappy sneakers,
Sloppy slippers and scary squeakers,
Fancy shoes and shoes that dance,
I’ll try them all if I have the chance;
But, oh, my goodness, I’m confused!
How in the world will I ever choose . . .


This is The House That Jack Built


This Old Man

This Old Man (Pam Adams) Big Book
Give The Dog a Bone
(Steven Kellogg)



Three Blind Mice

ice Word Family Set
Mice Book

Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

Ten Little Mice (Joyce Dunbar) Big Book
What Comes in Threes?
(Marlen Beierle & Anne Sylvan) Guided Reading
Of Mice and Rats
(Allan Fowler)
Mice Are Nice
Jon Goodell)
The Mouse & Mrs. Proudfoot
(Albert Rusling)
Mousekin's Close Call
(Edna Miller)
Three Blind Mice
(John W. Ivimey)


Three Little Kittens

en Word Family Set

This Cat!  (Little Reader)
Kitten Stationery (en family)
Kitten Book
Kitten Masks
Three Little Kittens Addition Part 1
Three Little Kittens Addition Part 2
Mitten Math
Mitten Match (ABC)
Mitten Match for Sets and Numbers
Three Little Kittens Desktop Nametags
The Three Little Kittens Stationery (en word family)


To Market, To Market

ig Word Family Set

To Market, To Market (Anne Miranda)
Market Day
(Eve Bunting)


Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

ar Word Family Set


Suggested Book Titles for Read Alouds

When You Wish Upon a Star (Alexandra Day)
Little Star (Marita  Conlon-McKenna)
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bug (Katharine Ross)
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Julia Noonan)
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Trapani)


Wee Willie Winkie



What Are Little Boys Made Of?


Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Wynken, Blynken and Nod (Eugene Field)







Bibliography of Teacher Resource Books


Lee Bennett Hopkins, Animals from Mother Goose

Lee Bennett Hopkins, People From Mother Goose

Merrick, Sandra, Early Childhood Units for Nursery Rhymes, Teacher Created Materials.

Moore, Helen, Mother Goose Peek-a-Books, Scholastic.

Schecter, Deborah, Mother Goose Phonics, Scholastic.

Thompson & Hilderbrand Nursery Rhymes Activity Book



Baker, August, ed., Best Loved Nursery Rhymes and Songs, Parents' Magazine Enterprises, Inc.

Bruce, Dana, ed. My Brimful Book, Platt & Munk.

Burns, Kate, Today I Went to Sea, Barron's

dePaola, Tomie, Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose, Putnam.

Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses

Greenberg, David, Whatever Happened to Humpty Dumpty And Other Surprising Sequels to Mother Goose Rhymes, Little, Brown.

Krensky, S. The Missing Mother Goose: Original Stories from Favorite Rhymes.

Melling, David, illus. Over the Moon! Best-Loved Nursery Rhymes
(an interactive book of nursery rhymes)

Offen, Hilda, illus., Nursery Rhymes.

Rey, H.A., Humpty Dumpty and other Mother Goose Songs,

Scarry, Richard, Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever, Golden Press

The Real Mother Goose Book of American Rhymes, Scholastic.

Wright, Blanche Fisher, The Real Mother Goose, Rand McNally & Co.


Suggested Materials List

Nursery rhyme charts 
Magnetic boards & letters
Scissors, crayons, pens
 White board markers
 Highlighter tape 
Word Building Logs
Poetry notebooks
Nursery rhyme rebus poems and pictures
Pocket charts
Nursery rhyme anthologies
Rhyme Time (activities)
Word family matching (cut & paste)
Nursery rhymes on tape
Related nonfiction books
Overhead projector (center)
Word building activities (center)
Sequencing activities
Books on a ring
         Posters & Poem Strips/Words




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