Hey Diddle Diddle: Differentiated Nursery Rhyme Activities

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Hey, Diddle Diddle is a differentiated printable nursery rhyme resource that supports language development. It has active learning resources, writing prompt, following directions, and sequence task. The rhymes assist the students in learning vocabulary and practice phonemic awareness. Learning these poems by heart assist in developing auditory memory skills. Preschool and Kindergarten Standards

Mother Goose Rhymes introduce students to literature that has been passed down for generations.

Hey Diddle Diddle Contents:

•The first part is the rhyme in large pages.

•The second part is appropriate for those children that are readers, or it can be read to the child.

•The third part is a black and white book.

•The fourth part has pictures and words in a rebus read.

•The fifth part has both the rebus read as well as a place for single pictures as an interactive book.

•The sixth part has a lyric sheet

•The seventh part has visuals for active learning, following directions sheet, jumping activity

•The eighth part is a coloring page.

•The ninth part is a writing and drawing project.

•The tenth part is a sequence

I find that I have a variety of students that I work with and having the same story in several different editions helps to support all my students. I store them in a folder then give each child the edition that is appropriate for them.

I use this story for a variety of students from students

Preschool, kindergarten, and first graders as part of a poem choice

Fluency cases to practice smooth speech

Beginner readers

These are activities that I do with this poem:

Say the Poem: There are four different booklets, reader, rebus reader, rebus reader plus adapted pictures, and a lyric page.

Sequence the Poem: This is a great poem to teach sequencing. I have included a sequence board ( First, Then, Last). I have also included a three-part sheet that can be cut apart to have the child put them in the correct sequence.

Follow Directions: I have included pictures that can either be used for play-acting or can be used for following directions.

Coloring Page: This can be used a take home for the child to bring the poem home.

.Active Learning: Jumping activity and play-acting

Writing Activity: I love being able to connect what we are doing verbally with a written activity to tie the language together.

PRESCHOOL ( Core Knowledge)


II-MC5.3: Act out a nursery rhyme, poem or fingerplay.


1-NRI.1a: Memorize and recite with others a simple Critical Skill nursery rhyme, poem or song

1-NRI.1bMemorize and recite with others a simple Critical Skill nursery rhyme, poem or song


•RF.K.1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.

•RF.K.2: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds.

•RF.K.2.a: Recognize and produce rhyming sounds.

•RF.K.3: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Recognize and produce rhyming words.
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.


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