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:
Now for the lessons!
The first summer, I used One, Two, Buckle My Shoe. Here’s the full lesson for you to print out and use.
The second summer, I used Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Here’s the full lesson for you to print out and use.
Around the World Poetry
For our Around the World poetry camp last summer, I used, Mary Had a Little Lamb. Here’s the full lesson for you to print out and use.
Students can illustrate their poems with stickers or simple drawings that accompany the theme.
GAMES TO PLAY!
Correct the paragraph using a nursery rhyme