Nikki Nightingale Nest


Associate the uppercase letter N (and lowercase letter n) with the /n/ sound (e.g., nest, nightingale, note).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • Nikki
  • nightingale
  • nest
  • net
  • note


  • Nest made of string, grass, twigs, hay, or scrap paper
  • Nikki Nightingale Puppet
  • Pencil or craft stick attached to Nikki Nightingale Puppet (optional)
  • Picture cards
  • Nine objects that start with N (e.g., nuts, note, noodle) (optional)

Tell the children they will help Nikki Nightingale collect things for her nest as they practice saying the /n/ sound in words such as nest, net, and nightingale.

Literacy Activities
Send objects up, up, and away

  • Place nine objects that start with N around the room (optional) or use picture cards.
  • Teach the children the Nikki Nightingale’s N song:
    • Hum a familiar tune (e.g., Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) using only the /n/ sound.
  • Choose a child to fly Nikki Nightingale around the room to look for something beginning with the letter N to put in her nest.
  • At the same time, have all children sing Nikki Nightingale’s N song.
  • Repeat, choosing other children to fly Nikki Nightingale around the room in search of N objects.
  • Make a list of the objects or pictures in Nikki Nightingale’s nest.
  • Emphasize that all of the items begin with the letter N which makes the /n/ sound.

More Practice (choose from the following)
Write the target letter

  • Give the children small pieces of paper or sticky notes. Have them write the uppercase letter N (and lowercase n) on the papers while producing the /n/ sound.
  • Have the children put the N and n letter cards in Nikki Nightingale’s nest

Read target words in a text

  • Have the children help you make a list of things Nikki Nightingale needs for her nest. Remind the children that all of the things need to start with the /n/ sound. Have the children write the initial letter N in each word on the list.
  • Using the list, write a repetitive text together as a group about what Nikki Nightingale needs for her nest (e.g.; Nikki needs a nut for her nest, Nikki Nightingale needs a nine for her nest).
  • Have the children find and underline the letter n and N throughout the text, saying the /n/ sound each time they underline a letter.
  • Read the text again and have the children touch their nose while producing the /n/ sound every time they see a word that starts with N.


SEEL At Home

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Write the letter N (and lowercase n) upon hearing the /n/ sound: nose, note, net.


  • Nikki Nightingale Puppet and Picture Cards 
  • Popsicle stick to attach to puppet (optional)
  • Tape or glue

Activity: Nikki Nightingale's Nest

  • Have your child draw or make a nest with yarn/string/shredded paper/grass.
  • Place the picture cards around your home.
  • Have your child help Nikki Nightingale find the things she needs for her nest by looking around the house for the picture cards.
  • While searching, hum a familiar tune together using the /n/ sound (e.g., Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star).
  • Have your child fly Nikki and the picture card back to the nest every time one is found.
  • Help your child attach the letter picture cards to the nest. Help him or her write the letter N (and lowercase n) several times on the back of each picture card while saying the /n/ sound.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.