Nursery Rhymes-Your Own Words

For the last three years now, I’ve started off our week long poetry camp using this lesson.    Each year, I simply change the nursery rhymes that we use.  This lesson always creates so many laughs!

Familiar Nursery Rhymes

Basically, we take a familiar nursery rhyme and change the words to fit our theme!

Because nursery rhymes are shorter, the campers write a first and final draft for this prompt.   I give them blank copy paper for their first draft and blank bordered paper for their final draft.

(To see how I conduct all other writing prompts you can read the Writing Prompts Introduction post here.)

Listen to Nursery Rhymes

Check out this video to get the kids thinking about familiar nursery rhymes:

Top 10-Ten Most Popular Nursery Rhyme Collection

Now for the lessons!

The first summer, I used One, Two, Buckle My ShoeHere’s the full lesson for you to print out and use.

Nursery rhymes-Buckle my shoe version

The second summer, I used Twinkle, Twinkle Little StarHere’s the full lesson for you to print out and use.

nursery rhymes-Twinkle Little Star version

Around the World Poetry

For our Around the World poetry camp last summer, I used, Mary Had a Little LambHere’s the full lesson for you to print out and use.

Around the world nursery rhymes

Students can illustrate their poems with stickers or simple drawings that accompany the theme.


Correct the paragraph using a nursery rhyme

60 Seconds Rhyme

Fill in the Blank-Rhyme