Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon!
Favorite Activities and Lessons:
Finger Painting Fun - Finger-paint while listening to country fiddle or classical violin music. When dry, decorate with cat stickers.
Phonics Fun – Play with beginning sounds. Read the words fiddle, diddle, moon, and spoon to the students. Challenge them to find other words with the same beginning sounds in the rhyme and objects in the classroom whose names begin with the sounds. Ask students to identify which words begin with sp in the rhyme. Challenge students to think of five more words that begin with sp.
Guided Writing – Guide students in creating stories about the rhyme. Ask students to propose answer to the following questions: Why is the cat playing music? Why is the dog laughing? Is the cow really jumping over the moon? How can a dish run away with a spoon? Have students dictate the story as you write it on chart paper. After students have dictated the story, ask them to illustrate scenes from the story. Publish their story for the classroom library. Include student illustrations on each page. Read the story together and allow students to practice reading with a story they created.
Pattern Skills – Use words from the rhyme and other related or nonsense words to make word patterns. Create and say a word pattern aloud. Repeat the pattern and ask students to join in when they recognize it. Examples include: hey diddle diddle hey diddle diddle, fie fiddle diddle fie fiddle diddle, and dog cat cow dog cat cow. Let students take turns making up patterns for their classmates to identify. Use more complex patterns as their ability to recognize patterns increase.
Newspaper Story – As a class, have students dictate a newspaper article about the cow who jumped over the moon. Write students’ ideas on chart paper. Be sure to include the answers to the questions: who, what, when, where, and why in the newspaper article.
Lunar Leap – Give each student a copy of a cow pattern. Ask students to write their names on the cows. Lead the students and their cow cutouts to a large open area. Pair students together, and give each pair some masking tape. Have one student place a piece of tape on the ground to mark the place where she or he will start jumping. Have the student jump as far as he or she can, and mark the length of the jump with a piece of tape. Ask the jumper’s partner to use the cow cutouts to measure how far the student jumped. Record the length of the jump on the back of the jumper’s cow cutout. Then students switch places and repeat the activity.
These Murals Are Quite a Sight – Organize the class into small groups. Give each group cutouts of a cat, fiddle, cow, moon, dog, dish, and spoon to color. Give each group a large piece of butcher paper, paint, and paintbrushes, and invite them to create a backdrop for their characters. Encourage students to use their murals and character cutouts to tell the story of “Hey, Diddle Diddle.”
Set The Table – Fill a plastic tub with ten paper plates (dishes) and ten plastic spoons. Place the tub in a center with a long table. Invite students to empty the tub and count each set of objects. Next, invite students to pretend to set the table using one-to-one correspondence to match a spoon with each dish. Have students count to check that there are ten sets of spoons and dishes. All set!
The Cow Jumped Over The Moon? – Give each child a cow and moon cutout. Have each child color them and then glue the cow to a sentence strip sized to fit her head. Tape the moon to a jumbo craft stick. Review positional word with the class and then pair students for this activity. Direct one child in each pair to don her headband, pretend to be the cow, and follow positional directions fro her partner. Invite the other child in each pair to hold his moon and give the cow simple directions such as “Stand beside the moon” and Sit under the moon.” After a designated time, have partners switch roles and continue the activity. Then send the headbands and moons home for additional practice.
Animal Movements – This activity engages children’s knowledge of animal movements, as well as their listening skills. Explain that in the rhyme “Hey, Diddle Diddle” the animal movements are very unusual. Ask students to describe what the animals are doing. As a class, think of movements from the rhyme that children can do and remember easily. Include other animal movements, too. Then have them practice the movements, following your example. Some movements might include:
o A cow jumping. (Jump up and down in place).
o A cat fiddling. (One arm holds the “fiddle” while the other arm moves back and forth pretending to pay it.)
o A bird flying. (Flap arms up and down at sides.)
o A rabbit hopping. (With hands at chest level, take short hops.)
When you say “cow jumping” to the class, they should all jump on cue until you tell them to stop. Next say something like “birds jumping”. The class should remain motionless. Continue with all the animal movements. Have children take turns playing the role of the leader.
Sequencing Cards – Use the sentence strips below to have the students put the rhyme in order.
Jump Over The Moon Game