Animal Rhymes

Animal Rhymes lesson plan

Animals are hiding everywhere! Can you "see" the animals in the rhymes?

  • 1.

    Ask students if they are familiar with any nursery rhymes. As students name rhymes, use Crayola Dry Erase Markers to list the rhymes on a classroom white board or write the names on a piece of easel paper. Challenge students to identify the rhymes that are about animals.

  • 2.

    Have copies of well-known nursery rhymes available for choral reading. Most are available online.

  • 3.

    After the choral reading exercise, ask students to identify the animals in each of the rhymes. Make a list of the animals on the white board.

  • 4.

    Invite students to replicate one of the animals in the rhymes. Using Crayola Model Magic, demonstrate sculpting techniques such as roll, pound, add, pull, coil, and/ or mold. Allow students time to create their selected animals. Dry overnight.

  • 5.

    Students will painting their animals using Crayola Washable Paint and Brushes. Have children cover their work area with newspaper. Provide paint and brushes for each student. After students are finished painting, all the animals to dry overnight.

  • 6.

    Provide time in the school day for students to share their animals with classmates and identify the rhyme each is connected to.


  • LA: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
  • LA: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • LA: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Disney Nursery Rhymes & Fairy Tales (Storybook Collection) by Disney Book Group; The Nursery Rhyme Book: Remember the Rhymes of Yesterday by Scholastic; Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose Book and CD by Mary Engelbreit; Nursery Rhymes (Kate Toms Series) by Kate Toms;
  • Students work in small groups to discuss rhyming words. Challenge students to generate lists of rhyming word pairs.
  • Working in small groups, students collaborate to compose an original nursery rhyme or poem. Students may also use Crayola Crayons or markers to illustrate the writing exercise.