Hickory Dickory Dock! What Else Can Run Up The Clock?

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SWBAT substitute a verb for the word "run" in the nursery rhyme, Hickory Dickory Dock. Student Objective: I can exchange the word "run" for another action word.

Big Idea

It's fun using a familiar nursery rhyme as a foundation for building vocabulary of new verbs!


5 minutes

When teaching a new concept, it is good practice to review something previously taught that can tie the children's schema to the new information.  We have already been practicing the nursery rhyme of Hickory, Dickory Dock, but now we will focus on the idea of verb.

Boys and girls, do you remember yesterday when we practiced the Nursery Rhyme, "Hickory Dickory Dock?"  Let's say it now. We worked on memorizing the rhyme and taking the poem and putting in the correct order.  We are going to work with Hickory Dickory Dock again today, but we are going to focus on another piece about it.  Before we get to that, I have a short song video about "Hickory Dickory Dock".  The creator of the video changed a few things around from the nursery rhyme and I would like to see what you notice.

Play the video clip and have the children take notice of the different animals that come to climb the clock.

What animals did you see?  Did they all do the same thing? (yes, climbed the clock)  I want you to remember this, so I have written down your responses on a chart.


15 minutes

My students love to use big, interesting words.  Although they may be unable to read these words, they love expanding their vocabulary.  I really want the children to start to get a foundation for their language develop.  This lesson includes a variety of animals and movement verbs.

Now that we have look at the video and made a list of all those animals, did you notice if they all "ran up the clock"?  Do animals like cats and monkeys move in the same way?  How about mice and elephants?  Even if we said that they could all run, is that movement the same for each type of animal?

The word run is an action word.  That means that these are words that describe how things move. We call these kinds of words, verbs.  Say that word with me-verb.  If there was a fish in the video, we might say that the"fish swam up the clock."  Swam is a verb.  Since the word "run" is a verb, can you think of any other action words or verbs that describe how the animals in the video moved?  Let's list these movements on the chart next to the the animal's name.   This will help us remember which verb went with which animal.

Let's say the rhyme this time, but let's substitute a different animal and an different action word.

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The snake slithered up the clock

the clock struck one, 

the snake slithered down

Hickory Dickory Dock.

Let's try another one... (The video has a mouse, snake, squirrel, cat, monkey, elephant) After you have tried several rhymes, move onto the assessment section.


10 minutes

This assessment allows me to see if the children can apply what has been taught.  Some children will need assistance with the writing portion, but I should still get a feel for who understands why we use certain words in specific places.

Now that we have practiced the rhyme in several different ways, you are going to take a page and add an animal different than "mouse" and a verb different than "ran".  We have created a list that you may copy from, but if you have a different favorite animal and action word, please use them.  Take a look at your writing paper for today.  It contains the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock but the word mouse and ran are missing.  This is where you will put your ideas. Please stick to our pattern.  When you have written your words on the page, I would like you to illustrate your page to show me the animal and action you have chosen.

I want you to share your rhyme and picture with a friend while you are waiting for your friends to finish your work.