nikki nightingale nest

Nikki Nightingale Nest

Nikki Nightingale Nest
Target text


Associate the uppercase letter N and lowercase letter n with the /n/ sound as in nest, nightingale, and note.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • nightingale
  • nest
  • net
  • note


  • Nest made of string, grass, twigs, hay, or scrap paper
  • Nikki Nightingale puppet
  • Pencil or craft stick 
  • Picture cards
  • Nine objects that start with N  (optional)

The children 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

  • Attach a craft stick to the Nikki Nightingale puppet.
  • Place nine objects that start with N (optional) or picture cards around the room.
  • Teach the children Nikki Nightingale’s 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
Write the target letter

  • Give the children small pieces of paper or sticky notes.
  • Have the children 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 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.
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SEEL At Home



Associate the uppercase letter N and lowercase n upon hearing the /n/ sound as in nose, note, and net.


  • Nikki Nightingale puppet
  • Picture cards 
  • Popsicle stick 

Activity: Nikki Nightingale's Nest

  • Have your child draw or make a nest with yarn, string, shredded paper, or 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 (e.g., "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star") together using the /n/ sound.
  • Attach a popsicle stick to the Nikki Nightingale graphic.
  • Have your child fly Nikki and the picture card back to the nest every time one is found.
  • Help your child attach the picture picture cards to the nest.
  • Help your child write the letter N and lowercase letter 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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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.