Nikki Nightingale's New Nest
- 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.
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.
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).
SEEL Target Texts
Nest, Noodle, Nine, and Nose
SEEL At Home
Recognize and produce the /n/ sound in a series of words that begin with /n/.
- Nikki Nightingale graphic
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.
Nikki Nightingale's New Nest