Lesson Plan

A Rickety Rhythm

Exposing Preschoolers to Peotry using lituratue, music, and movement.
Tiara S.
Early childhood provider
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO
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My Grades Pre-K
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to...

  • Recognizes patterns and can repeat them
  • Shows awareness of time concepts and sequence
  • Shows awareness of position in space
  •  Takes on pretend roles and situations
  •  Makes and interprets representations 
  • Understands and follows oral directions
  • Enjoys and values reading
  •  Demonstrates understanding of print concepts
  •  Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet 
  • Uses emerging reading skills to make meaning from print
  •  Comprehends and interprets meaning from books and other texts
English Language Arts
poetry and spoken word
Health & Wellness
fine motor skills
Grades Pre-K
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Conversing

Begin with inviting students to circle time and asking open-ended questions to get them to think about rhythm words. What song , poem, or chant  they believe rhythm.?What does poetry mean to them?


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Reading

Share the poem "Rickety Train Ride" by Tony Mitton from the Here's a Little Poem: A  Very First Book of Poetry collected by Jane  Yolen and  Andrew Fusek Peters. 

3 Guide Practice

Activity: Presenting

Guide students to notice how the word in the poem sound like the noises of a moving train. Then give yourself and each child a pair of rhythm sticks.  Prompt youngsters to make the /ch/, /ch/, /ch/, /ch/ sound of a train as they circle their rhythm sticks hand over hand. 

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Exploring

Encourage students to tap sticks together in a steady rhythm as you slowly recite the poem. 

Student Instructions

Than allow students independently to play along with the audio version.

5 Wrap Up

I would review  words that rhythm than explained to students that poems are all around us. I would review nursery rhythms encourage the students to identify words they believe rhyme .