Monday, July 8, 2013

Polly Put the Kettle On

Hi all!  I would like to tell you about a product I created for my Teachers pay Teachers store.  I hope you'll have time to look through the images in this post.  It's a thematic unit based on a traditional English nursery rhyme titled, "Polly Put the Kettle On."  If you are not familiar with this rhyme, you might like to view the You Tube video link I have provided at the end of this post.

This file contains a mix of activities appropriate for the first grade level.  Some of the Common Core standards are also integrated into the unit as well.  Almost all the printable worksheets in this product are in black and white allowing you to conserve your color ink.  Other than the printable worksheets within this packet, you won't need many additional materials.  However, there are a few things that you'll need to enhance the unit as well as complete the science component.  Here are the items you'll want to have on hand:

1.   crayons (for completing the math sheets)
2.   pencils
3.   scissors
4.   individual tea bags (black tea and green tea)
5.   construction paper (to make the paper tea kettles)
6.  stapler & staples (for assembling the printable book)
7.   markers (for decorating the tea kettles)
8.   real tea kettle (optional)
9.   magnifying glasses (optional)
10. video or book with the rhyme (optional)

I have included a free download of the sequencing activity pages from this product.  You can get them through the link provided from the description of the third image shown below.

Additionally, I created a free SMART Notebook file related to "Polly Put the Kettle On". This will be useful for educators that have SMART Notebook software and SMART boards in their classrooms. The rhyme can be displayed on the SMART board while the teacher models tracking and return sweep. Follow this link to access the free SMART Notebook file at my Teachers pay Teachers store: Free Teaching Resource_SMART Notebook_Nursery Rhyme_Polly Put the Kettle On.

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Image 1:  This file won't be very helpful if you did not have a copy of the rhyme on hand!  I have included a printable book of "Polly Put the Kettle On" with directions for assembling it. Students can take the books home to share with their families. Keep a few copies on hand in the book area of the classroom for the children enjoy weeks later.  There is also a comprehension quiz with multiple choice question in a "fill in the bubble" format. 

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Image 2:    There are four sheets from the packet shown above. (Described from top to bottom) The first sheet is the nursery rhyme itself which can be used to practice tracking skills and return sweep. The second sheet is for the students to trace the rhyme. The third and fourth sheets are picture labeling activity sheets. 
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Image 3:   The nursery rhyme is presented again as a "fill-in-the-blank" or cloze sentences format.  The next two worksheets are for sequencing the phrases from the nursery rhyme. This activity is best used after the children have become well acquainted with the nursery rhyme.    These two sheets are you free sample!  You can get a FREE file of the sequencing activity sheets here: Nursery Rhyme_Polly Put the Kettle On_Sequencing Sheets.     

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Image 4:  There are two math graphing activity sheets. They align with Common Core math standard CCSS.Math.Content.1.MD.C4 (These are the only student sheets that have color in them.) They should print well on a black and white copy machine as well. I have sized the graphing boxes to fit small objects such as interlocking cubes. The students could also use their crayons to graph.

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Image 5:       This photo includes word cards for practicing word recognition in isolation from the nursery rhyme, Polly Put the Kettle On. Each student should be given his/her own set of word cards. The activity is broken into two separate sessions. You'll use one group of words in the first session and new group of words in the second session. All the words are from the nursery rhyme. The packet divides the two sessions up for you. The students should have the word cards on their desks or tables facing them. The teacher calls out a word or a clue about the word and the students are expected to show the correct word card. There are suggested sentences or phrases for the teacher to read while the students determine the appropriate word card which is based on the teacher's dictation. There is an assessment sheet for the words in isolation. The assessment sheet can be used both before and after the unit to collect data about student growth with the words in isolation.

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 Image 6:  The top sheet is a writing prompt.  The bottom sheet is a blank writing sheet allowing you to create your own prompt for the nursery rhyme.

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Image 7:   Kids love crossword puzzles! An easy, beginner level crossword puzzle is also part of the packet.  

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Image 8:  Three concept photos are included. Some children might not know what a tea kettle is!  Therefore, I have included a photo of one.  The photos of the iced tea and hot tea can be used to activate prior knowledge before beginning the word opposite activity sheet. 

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Image 9:  The top sheet is a word opposite matching activity.     (Because the rhyme used the words "on" and "off" it was suited for a snap review of word opposites.)    The bottom sheet is a math problem solving activity which aligns with CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.A.2.  It shows what your students work could look like.        

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Image 10:  The top sheet requires the students to read the text (or the teacher) and follow the directions given.  The bottom sheet is the pattern for your craft.  Kids love a craft!  I created a very simple pattern of a tea kettle so you won't be spending hours cutting it out.  Copy and allow the children to decorate at will. Imagine what they'll create!  This would be great for a fast and easy bulletin board. Can you think of a catchy caption for it?  
 
 Here's a recap of what you'll get!


The image below is the front cover of my product. Click on the link to go directly to it: Nursery Rhyme_Thematic Unit_Polly Put the Kettle On

Within the product are several You Tube video links that will direct you to song and animations related to "Polly Put the Kettle On".  I checked out all the videos myself.  Here is one of them you can view yourself:  Kids Songs TV


Teaching Tips:  The rhyme can be introduced to the children by reciting it out loud.  This involves a willingness to commit the song/rhyme to memory beforehand.  If exposure to the classic nursery rhymes occurred in your own childhood, it will be easy to learn these over again.  A nursery rhyme book could also be used to teach the rhyme if singing/reciting it is not your cup of tea.  (Pardon the pun!)  It's also a good idea to bring a "real" tea kettle to class at the beginning of the unit so the children can see the parts and functions.  Have the students use magnifying glasses for a close-up view of the tea leaves.

Here are two nursery rhyme books that have the poem, Polly Put the Kettle On
1.  Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose illustrated by Scott Gustafson - This book's version of the rhyme uses the same language as my own product except it ends after the first four lines and omits the part about Sukey taking the kettle off.
2.  The Original Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright - This book has the second four lines of text.  The text is slightly different from my product.  It says, "And let's drink tea." instead of "We'll all have tea."  It also says, "They're all gone away." instead of "They've all gone away."

 Final Thoughts: It's amazing to me is that many children today have had no exposure to the traditional nursery rhymes. Some educators may feel that old poems like Polly Put the Kettle On or Jack & Jill are obsolete. After all, Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail or water. How many people living in the United States fetch a pail of water today? But before running water was intalled inside our residences, everyone would fetch their water from a source outside of the home. When I was a child my grandmother used a tea kettle to heat her water.  We'd hear the kettle whistle which alerted us to the fact that the water was hot enough to make tea.  The whistling tea kettles was an improvement in the kettle's design because it reminded people that they had water boiling on the stove.  During the time that "Polly and Sukey" was written, people did not have the stoves we have today.  Nor did they have the kind of kettle that my grandmother used. Today I microwave water for my water instead of using a kettle.  So here is the question:  Are rhymes like "Polly Put the Kettle On" outmoded when compared to modern advances of the 21st century? I integrated math, science, and literacy with this unit.  Could it also be used by the educator with a social studies unit on "Past and Present"?  What do you think?

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Disclaimer:  The National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers are acknowledged as the sole owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards, and no claims to the contrary are made.  

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