nightingale's nest

Nightingale's Nest

Nightingale's Nest
Target text


Recognize and name the letter N.


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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • nest
  • nightingale
  • new
  • nap
  • nice


  • Bowl
  • Letter cards
  • Nightingale graphic

The children will help build a nightingale nest out of the letter N as they recognize and name the letter N.

Literacy Activities
Build an N Nest

  • Write the letter N on the whiteboard, name the letter, and have the children write the N in the air with their fingers.
  • Show the children the nightingale graphic and explain that a nightingale is a bird that loves to sing, and that they will use letter Ns to make a nest.
  • Mix up the letter cards and place the cards in a pile face down next to the nightingale and the nest (bowl).
  • Have the children take turns choosing and holding up a letter card, then have all the children say the name of the letter together.
    • If the letter is an N, have the children tape it to the nightingale's nest.
    • If the letter is not an N, have the children put the letter in a discard pile.
  • Place the nightingale graphic in the bowl and tell the children that the nightingale can take a nap in her nice, new N nest.

More Practice
Write the target letter

  • Show the children how to write a letter N by writing it on a whiteboard or on chart paper.
  • Give each child a piece of paper and a pencil and have them write the letter N on their paper, providing support as needed.
  • Have the children say, “Nap on N!” and pretend to take a nap on their letter N like the nightingale in the nest.
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SEEL At Home



Recognize and name the letter N.


  • Nightingale graphic
  • Letter cards
  • Bowl

Activity: Nightingale's Nest

  • Have your child explain to you what a nightingale is (a bird that loves to sing), or look it up in a dictionary or on the internet. 
  • Tell your child that you get to make an N nest together for the nightingale.
  • Mix up the letter cards and place them in a pile face down.
  • Have your child choose a letter card and say the name of the letter together.
    • If the letter is an N, have your child tape it to the nest (bowl).
    • If the letter is not an N, have your child place it in a discard pile.
  • Help your child write the letter N several times (support as needed) and cut out the letters.
  • Have your child tape the new N letter cards on the nest (bowl). 


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.