1st Grade - Recite Poems, Songs And Stories

Listening and Speaking
Recite poems, songs and stories
Recite poems, rhymes, songs, and stories.
The student will be able to recite (repeat from memory) poems, rhymes, songs, and stories.

Sample Problems


Pick your favorite nursery rhyme. Memorize it and then share it with others.


Read the poem "Humpty Dumpty." Memorize it and then repeat it out loud.


Recite "Row Row Row Your Boat" to a parent.


Sing the "Alphabet Song" out loud.


Sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to a family member.

Learning Tips


Rhymes: Go to your local library and borrow a book with common nursery rhymes. Have your child pick one a week to memorize and recite aloud. As they are practice repeating the lines of the poem, they can draw a picture to match the nursery rhyme.


Songs: Obtain a CD of familiar children's songs, also available at your local library. Some of the songs may include "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," "The Alphabet Song," "Row Row Row Your Boat," and "Five Little Ducks."


Poem Practice: For this activity you can visit the website below for links to simple and fun poem for your child. Have you child, read, review, practice, and memorize a poem a week. At the end of the week they can "perform" their poem for the family.



Stories: Review familiar children stories with your child (The Three Bear, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, etc). After reviewing the story, have them retell it, by actually acting out what happens. They can pick a story at the beginning of the week and while reviewing the story throughout the week, they can even make simple costumes. At the end of the week when they are capable of retelling the story without the assistance of the book, have them perform (act out) the story for your family.


Felt Board Fun: Students love to use felt board manipulatives. If you do not have a felt board at home, they are very simple and inexpensive to make. You can use a piece of foam board and cover it with black felt. You can either cut out shapes to use for the felt board manipulatives or you can use pictures on paper that can be taped to the felt board. Use the felt board and manipulatives to recreate poems, stories, rhymes, and songs.

Extra Help Problems


Read a story with a friend. Close the book and take turns retelling it to each other.


Sing the song "Five Little Ducks" to a friend.


Say the nursery rhyme "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater" to an adult.


Sing the song/story "Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed" to your family.


Read a Dr. Seuss book. Write down 5 pairs of words that rhyme.


Read the nursery rhyme "Hickory Dickory Dock." Draw a picture to show what happens in this nursery rhyme.


Draw a picture of your favorite part of the story "Little Red Riding Hood." Retell what happens in the story to a grown up.


Listen to the story "Rainbow Fish." Draw a picture of your favorite part of the story and write 3 sentences to tell what happens in the story.


Create a list of 10 rhyming words. Create your own poem or song with these words.


Sing the song "B-I-N-G-O to a friend. Draw a picture of what you think Bingo the dog looks like.


Listen to the story "The Gingerbread Man." Create pictures of the characters in the story. Use the pictures of the characters to help retell the story to your friends or family.


Read the poem below. Practice it until you have it memorized. Add movements and actions to the words and "perform" the poem for your family.

I'm a little snowman short and fat.

Here is my broomstick, here is my hat.

When the sun does come out, I will melt!

Uh Oh!

Down, down, down... I'm a puddle!


Practice singing the song "Hokey Pokey" with friends and family.


Listen to the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk." Retell the story to someone sitting near you.


Listen to the story of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Retell the story to an adult.


Pick your favorite book about "Clifford the Big Red Dog." Read the story to yourself, and then retell the story, without using the book, to a friend.


Find your favorite story about "Frog and Toad." Read the story to yourself. Draw pictures of Frog and Toad and use the pictures to retell the story to your family.


Listen to the story, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Close the book and retell the story to the person who read it to you.


Listen to the story "Green Eggs and Ham." After the story is finished,


Practice the song “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and then sing it to a friend.


Use the following words in a simple poem or short song: hop, top, pop, mop, and bop.


Use the following words in a simple poem or short song: sad, mad, lad, dad.


Use the following words in a simple poem or short song: cat, hat, sat, mat, pat, and rat.


Use the following words in a simple poem or short song: pit, hit, sit, kit, trip, drip.


Pick your own rhyming words to create a simple poem or short song.



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