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Hickory, Dickory, Dock


Hickory, dickory, dock
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down.
Hickory, dickory, dock!




Mother Goose Phonics ~ Scholastic Professional Books

This book has patterns for making a cute phonics activity. 

Nursery Rhyme Sequencing ~ Frank Schaffer Publications

Below is what the pages of this book look like.  You provide each student a page divided into 5 sections.  The top section is for the title of the rhyme, then they sequence the 4 pictures into the other 4 sections.    These pictures are the ones that I use for modeling the activity before they actually do it on their own.  My TA colored them, then I had them laminated and cut out.  I also laminated the page that they're glued to so that when doing this with my students, I can use tape and it will come off easily.  Now I don't have to color and redo this page each year as a model.  I keep the pictures on the back of the page in a ziploc bag.  Now all I have to do is pull them out and we're ready to go.

As I said before, before doing this activity on their own, we do the activity together as a group.  We talk about looking carefully at the mouse and where he's at in the picture.  Even though we do this all before hand and actually place the pictures in the correct order on the page, most of my students still have difficulty with this activity.  When gluing their pictures on, they start coloring, cutting, talking, and don't pay attention to the mouse after all.  Maybe 1 out of 4 will get all the pictures in the correct order.


Teacher’s Helper   Feb/Mar 2000
(activity sheet with time to hour)
(coloring page)

Math With Nursery Rhymes ~ Evan – Moor Corp.

Tick Tock Mouse: Copy the patterns on to gray construction paper.  Make a smaller circle pattern on pink construction paper for the inside of the mouse’s ear.  The students cut them out and glue the ear to the body.  Then add the pink circle to the inside of the ear.  Add a wiggle eye, a tiny black pom-pom on the nose, and a gray yarn tail.   These can be used for reciting/retelling the rhyme, especially if you provide them with a large cardboard clock to run up and down.  (Make sure the hands on the clock are moveable and you can keep saying the rhyme as the clock strikes each hour.  You can also use the clock for telling time instruction and the students will be able to use it independently as well.)


Hickory Dickory Dock, tick tock
The mouse ran up the clock, tick tock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down,
Hickory Dickory Dock, tick tock

Hickory Dickory Dock, tick tock
The Mouse ran up the clock, tick tock
The clock struck two, the mouse said "boo"
Hickory Dickory Dock, tick tock

Hickory Dickory Dock, tick, tock
The mouse ran up the clock, tick, tock
The clock struck three, the mouse yelled "WHEE"
Hickory Dickory Dock, tick tock

Hickory Dickory Dock, tick tock
The mouse ran up the clock, tick tock
The clock struck four, the mouse yelled NO MORE!!!
Hickory Dickory Dock, tick tock
~ Author Unknown

Clock Snacks: Spread a rice cake, or bread cut into a circle, with peanut butter.  Add raisins around the edge for the numbers.  Use carrot or celery slivers for hands.

Clock Manipulatives: Provide each student with a paper plate (clock face) and have them write or add the numbers to the face in the proper place.  I always teach my students to put the 12 on first, then the 6, then the 3, and then the 9.  Then they fill in the numbers in between.  This helps them to get the numbers in the correct places by spacing them evenly.  With some students, you might even have to do this with them.  After they have their numbers on, have them add an hour and minute hand with a brad in the center of the plate.  To make sure that my students can distinguish the hour from the minute hand, I have the hour hand long enough to almost touch the number.  The minute hand lands in between the center of the clock face and the number.

If you’re having your students glue their numbers on instead of writing them, old calendar pages may be just the right numbers for you to use in this activity.  Have the students cut them apart and glue them on.

Tick Tock Clock: This is an activity that I saw at an Early Childhood conference that I attended.  The picture below is from that conference.  From the looks of the work, I think it must have been done by a preschooler or a beginning kindergartner.  I think the teacher provided the students with a pre-made clock.  The students were to glue the numbers on the clock face in the correct places and “glitter in “ the pendulum.  This is a big project, so you’d have to make it on that large size construction paper.

Time to the Hour: Make cards with clocks set to the hour.  Then make mice, each programmed with a time (to the hour).  Students match the correct mouse to the correct clock.

Number Words: Write the rhyme up on sentence strips to use in the pocketchart.  Where the word “one” goes, place a blank instead.  On 3x5 index cards, write the number words one through twelve.  Read the rhyme, alternating the number word cards. 

Number Words: Make cards with clocks with only one number on the face.  Make mice programmed with the number words.  The students match the numbers to the number words.

Opposites: You can also use the clocks and mice and program them with opposites, either the words or pictures since you’re already working on up/down.

Position Words Book: For this book, you’ll need a grandfather clock and mouse cut-out for each page.  The students cut out and glue the clock on each page.  For one page, you’ll need to have pre-cut the front of the clock to make a “door/flap” where the pendulum is.  Make sure the students don’t glue the flap shut. 

The text for each page will be:

The mouse is on (or on top of) the clock.  (glue mouse on top)

The mouse is behind the clock.  (glue the mouse with just his tail or nose sticking from behind the clock)

The mouse is in the clock.  (glue the mouse under the flap)

The mouse is beside the clock.

The mouse is in front of the clock.

The mouse is above the clock.

Flannelboard Activity: Cut a clock and mouse from felt or flannel.  Use the same sentences as above and have the students place the mouse where he belongs.

Dramatic Play: Make a life size clock from a big box.  Provide the students with a mouse puppet to use in recreating the rhyme.

Word Families: Introduce the “ock” family and have students brainstorm words that rhyme.

Ordinals: Provide each student with a brown construction paper grandfather clock to cut out.  Then you can either provide them with 2 strips of 5 mice (or however many you need) or individual mice that they cut out and glue onto a piece of calculator tape or some other kind of strip of paper.  The paper strips or strips of mice, depending on which you use, or glued to the grandfather clock.  It will depend on which way your mice are facing as to which end of the paper strip you'll glue the clock.  The mice should be facing the clock and they should all be going in the right direction. 

After your students have completed this task, then have them get out their crayons.  Then instruct them to color the 3rd mouse blue, the 2nd mouse orange, etc until they've colored all the mice.

Hickory, Dickory, Dock


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