Grade Level: 3-6
Story Preview: Famous nursery rhyme characters compete in a dance contest.
Roles: Narrators 1-2; Old King Cole; Jack and Jill; Jack Be Nimble; Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary; Peter Piper; Queen of Hearts; Little Boy Blue; Little Miss Muffet
Setting: present day, a kingdom in a faraway land
Theme(s): nursery rhymes, dance
Props: (Optional) classroom desks; CD or other music player (for dance music); teacher-provided or student-made pot; bag of toy coins; student-made paper crowns (for Old King Cole and the Queen of Hearts); toy or student-made horn (for Little Boy Blue); stool or cushion (for Little Miss Muffet); toy or student-made microphone; two coats or capes (for Old King Cole and the Queen of Hearts); a few bells and shells (for Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary); candlestick or candleholder (for Jack Be Nimble)
Follow-Up Activities: Encourage students to research the nursery rhymes for the characters in the play. Then have each student create an original rhyme for a new nursery rhyme character. Invite students to draw pictures to illustrate their characters. Compile students' rhymes and drawings and post them on your class or school Web site, or put them into a booklet for your classroom library. You also might have students research the dances mentioned in the play, as well as other dances. Study how they are performed. Then hold your own classroom dance competition!
Click here for a printable script.
Article by Lois Lewis
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