Hickory dickory dock,
This bulletin board really rocks,
It’s learning fun for everyone
Hickory dickory dock.
Nursery Rhyme Bulletin Board
Bulletin boards don’t have to be “display only!” This interactive bulletin board covers number matching, counting, telling time, rhyming and reading and doesn’t need to take up even an inch of precious floor space! And, as a bonus, it’s a beautiful decoration for the classroom.
The first way this bulletin board can be used is as a number matching activity. Students first take a mouse from the bin and identify the number. Next, they find the matching number on the grandfather clock and velcro them in place. Finally, they practice counting by ringing a handbell the corresponding number of times.
Students can practice counting all the way up to twelve by using the mice and the clock face. Make sure to practice both forward and backward counting, as well as starting on different numbers. Using chalkboard or dry erase boards, students can practice copying the numerals and the names of the numbers as well.
Telling time is a tricky skill, especially in our mostly digital world. Adding a picture schedule nearby with clocks showing different parts of the day can really be interesting for curious minds. What does the clock look like when school starts? How does it appear when it is time to go outside? Time to go home? Making the clock hands movable (using a brad fastener) means students can make it match what they see on the classroom clock and the daily schedule!
Rhyming is an excellent reading skill, and nursery rhymes are fantastic with their lyrical meter and common rhymes. Be sure to include a copy of the nursery rhyme on the bulletin board so students can see the words. Point to the words while reading the poem out loud to students, paying special attention to high-frequency words and the rhyming words. Don’t forget to show students how words that rhyme often use the same letters at the end of the word while changing up the beginning!
Looking for more rhyming activities? Check out these!
Nursery Rhyme Circle Time Lessons and Centers: