Fish Counting Nursery Rhyme
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Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plan Activities | One, two, three, four, five Rhyme | The Fish Counting Rhyme

One, two, three, four, five
  -  The Fish Counting Rhyme is probably one of the most educational nursery rhymes because it addresses counting numbers 1 to 10 in a fun and humorous way. The rhyme also has several letter F words in the text (four, five, fingers, fish) to practice letter recognition in lower case form.  Another element of learning is the terms left and right.  Take advantage of all these elements when presenting the rhyme.

This rhyme can be incorporated into a fish theme unit and further into a bigger theme, such ocean animals, pets and pet care (fish bowl), an aquarium or zoo, or a Bible based story that includes a fish theme.  Visit fish activities and crafts for ideas and suggestions.

Note:  Children under 2 will benefit greatly from singing, using puppets, stuffed animals, and/or finger plays with nursery rhymes.

Activity 1 Nursery Rhyme - One, two, three, four, five...Rhyme or The Fish Counting Rhyme

Make sure children understand the meaning of all the  words in the text.   

*For this rhyme there is color poster that uses Rebus elements.  Children will see the numbers printed above the text, they will also see pictures (hand with pointing finger) and a fish image to help "read "  left to right along with the rhyme.  The letter F words are encased within a square to help them focus on those words. Use all of these elements as you present the nursery rhyme.

1.  Print or read/sing the nursery rhyme text from the computer screen and distribute the coloring page version. Then slowly go over each of the elements.

2.  Have the children point to the numbers or use finger play motions pointing 1, 2, 3, 4 fingers as you read.  Indicate that reading the text is done from left (point to that side on the text) to right (slide finger until you reach the right side).  Change the ending of the word right, to the word left and have the children point with their left finger and switch again to right.

Additional ideas for using nursery rhyme coloring page version
1.  Color practice:  Have children color each number block in a different color to practice colors.

2.  Alphabet letter f practice:  Have the children color all the letter F word blocks in another color, what about a Fuchsia (dark pink)?

3. Color the fish in their favorite color!

Conduct separate activities to address and expand on letter F recognition with F is for Fish activities and printable materials.

Activity 2:  Arts & Crafts - Five Fish in a Bowl Craft and learning activities (illustration and links in the materials column)

Visit this craft activity with learning activities that will reinforce numbers 1 to 5 and many other skills.  After completing the craft sing and review the nursery rhyme again.

Additional Activities
Activity > Online Jigsaw Puzzle > Letter F Fish
Objective:  View realistic image of the animal and review facts.  Problem solving skills.

Have fun with an online puzzle of a that can be adapted from 6 pieces to 247.  The whole family can have a try.  Click on the Change Cut button to adjust number and shape of pieces.

Print or read from the computer screen

The Fish Counting Nursery Rhyme Rebus  (one, two, three, four, five)
The Fish Counting Nursery Rhyme Color Poster
Color poster

Coloring page

Five Fish in Fishbowl Craft
Five Fish in a Fishbowl Preschool Craft
Click on image for templates and activities

* white paper 
* something to color with
Note: refer to craft links for materials needed.