nikki nightingale's new nest

Nikki Nightingale's New Nest

Nikki Nightingale's New Nest
Target text


Recognize and produce the /n/ sound in a series of words that begin with /n/.

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • nightingale
  • nest
  • nuts
  • noodles


  • Bowl  
  • Objects or picture cards that start with /n/  
  • Nightingale graphic  
  • Craft stick or pencil
  • Nice, Noodle, Nine, and Nose target text 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will help Nikki Nightingale build a nest as they listen for words that begin with the /n/ sound, such as note, nest, nuts, and noodles

Literacy Activities
Build Nikki Nightingale a new nest 

  • Put the /n/ objects or picture cards around the room and attach the nightingale graphic to a craft stick or pencil.
  • Tell the children that nightingales are well known for their singing, and show them the Nikki the Nightingale puppet.
  • Teach the children Nikki Nightingale’s /n/ song by singing a familiar tune (e.g., “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”) using only the /n/ sound.
  • Choose one child to fly Nikki Nightingale around the room to look for an /n/ object/picture card while the rest of the children sing Nikki Nightingale’s /n/ song.
  • Have the child bring the object/picture card back and tape it on the outside of the bowl to make Nikki Nightingale’s nest.
  • Have all of the children say together, “Now there's a ___ (e.g., nail) on Nikki Nightingale’s new nest.”
  • Repeat activity, choosing other children to fly Nikki Nightingale around the room until all the objects/picture cards have been found.

More practice
Sing another /n/ song

  • Take a few of the /n/ objects or picture cards mentioned in the Nice, Noodle, Nine and Nose target text and lay them on a table or put them on a whiteboard.
  • Help the children sing the text to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” as you point at them.
  • Have the children help you create other verses using other picture cards or items if desired.

March and say the sounds in words 

  • Have the children march as follows to say each sound of the word nut
    • segment sounds: say /n/ (march right), say /u/ (march left), say /t/ (march right) 
    • blend sounds: jump with both feet and say nut to blend the sounds into the whole word. 
  • Repeat with other words that start with /n/ (e.g., net, nap, not).
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SEEL Target Texts

Nest, Noodle, Nine, and Nose

Nest, noodle, nine, and nose.
Nine and nose, nine and nose.
Nest, noodle, nine, and nose.
All begin with /n/, you know. 
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SEEL At Home



Recognize and produce the /n/ sound in a series of words that begin with /n/


  • Nikki Nightingale graphic 
  • Bowl 
  • Tape 

Activity: Nikki Nightingale's Nest 

  • Show your child the Nikki Nightingale graphic and tell your child that you are going to make a /n/ nest together for Nikki.
  • Walk around the house together and find several things that begin with the /n/ sound, such as a necklace, a newspaper, or a nickel (supporting as needed).
  • After your child has found several /n/ objects, help him or her tape the objects to the inside and outside of the bowl to make a nest and say together, "The ___ (e.g., nail) looks nice on the new nest."
  • Have your child show and tell Nikki Nightingale about each of the /n/ things on the nest (e.g., "There is a nose on Nikki Nightingale's nest.")  as you make the nightingale nod and say, “Nice ___ (e.g., nose)!”
  • Trade roles to let your child play Nikki Nightingale.


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