Author:
Dawn Spurck
Subject:
Early Childhood Development, Elementary Education, English Language Arts, Reading Foundation Skills
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson
Level:
Preschool, Upper Primary
Tags:
  • NE ELA
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Graphics/Photos

    Education Standards

    Counting Words in Nursery Rhyme Sentences

    Counting Words in Nursery Rhyme Sentences

    Overview

    Sentence segmentation, or counting words in a sentence, is the first step in phonological awareness.  Students need to have an understanding that words are made up of letters and sentences are made up of words.  This basic skill will help them later with both reading and writing.

    Objective: I can break and count words in a sentence.

    Time required: 20 minutes or lesson can be chunked into managable size bits for your students.

    Overview

    Sentence segmentation, or counting words in a sentence, is the first step in phonological awareness.  Students need to have an understanding that words are made up of letters and sentences are made up of words.  This basic skill will help them later with both reading and writing.

    Objective: I can break and count words in a sentence.

    Time required: 20 minutes or lesson can be chunked into managable size bits for your students.

    Materials needed: "Counting Words in Nursery Rhyme Sentences" powerpoint

    Strategy overview and Rationale: This lesson is an introduction to the concept of breaking sentences into word parts.  Future lessons could include having the students place tiles or blocks in front of them to represent the words in a sentence.  The purpose of this lesson is for students to recognize that sentences are broken into smaller parts called words and we can count them. 

    Attached to this lesson is a powerpoint to use with students using nursery rhymes.  The words you will need to read for the lesson are added to the notes section of each slide.  The pattern of the lesson is the same throughout the powerpoint. 

    Step-by-step Instructions:

    Modeled:

    • "Today we are going to play a game with nursery rhymes."  
    • "I'm going to say a sentence out loud. Then I am going to say it again to make sure I remember all of it."
    • Then I am going to use my fingers to count to see how many words there are in that sentence."
    • "Watch and listen." "Jack and Jill went up the hill."  "Now am going to say it again.  You can say it with me if you would like.  Jack and Jill went up the hill."
    • Now watch me as I count the words in this sentence." Model saying the sentence and putting up a finger for each word.  "Jack and Jill went up the hill."  You should have seven fingers showing.  Ask the children how many fingers you have up.
    • Repeat the sequence (Say it, repeat it, count it)  for "To fetch a pail of water.' (6). Jack fell down and broke his crown." (7) "And Jill came tumbling after." (5)

    Guided Practice:

    • "Now we are going to play this game together using a presentation called a powerpoint."
    • Show slide number 2.  Read the script in the notes or print the attached script.  Slide 2 is written as guided practice.  
    • "We are going to continue our game with nursery rhymes.  I will show you a picture and read one sentence at a time from the nursery rhyme.  Then we will say the sentence together.  We are goingto break the sentence up to hear all the words.  We will count how many words are in that sentence on our fingers.
    • "Let's try one together.  Listen to my sentence.  Rain, rain, go away.  Say it with me Rain, rain, go away.  Let's count it as we say it. (show one finger for each word) Rain, rain, go away.  How many words?" (4)
    • "Let's try another sentence from this nursery rhyme.  Come again some other day.  Say it with me.  Come again some other day.  Let's count it.  Come again some other day."  (5)

    Practice:

    • Continue through the powerpoint practicing with your students.  
    • The script for each slide is in the powerpoing notes and in the script document.

    Resources:  Counting words in Nursery Rhymes PowerPoint -see attached

    Script for Counting words in Nursery Rhymes- see attached

     

    This Phonological Awareness lesson plan was created by Dawn Spurck as part of the 2020 NDE OER Project.  

    The attached Phonological Awareness lesson plan is designed for Grade K English Language Arts students. Students will segment spoken sentences into words. This Phonological Awareness lesson plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 0.1.2.b, LA 0.3.2.a and LA 0.3.2.c.

    It is expected that this Phonological Awareness lesson will take students 20 minutes to complete.  Teachers may decide to break up the lesson into smaller chunks as needed in the classroom.