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Write Alternative Versions of Nursery Rhymes

In this worksheet, students adapt familiar nursery rhymes to produce their own versions. The worksheet should be attempted after the student has completed the reading comprehension worksheets on rhyme and rhythm patterns in poetry.

'Write Alternative Versions of Nursery Rhymes ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Plan What to Write

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

A good way of writing poetry is to take a poem that you already know and make changes to it.

You may already know this nursery rhyme:

Mary had a little lamb,

It's fleece was white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went,

The lamb was sure to go.


Here is an alternative version:

Mary had a little lamb,

It played the clarinet.

It also played the violin,

Oh, what a clever pet!


The first line has been kept the same, and the rhythm is the same as in the original verse (DA da DA da DA da DA and so on). The second and fourth lines rhyme with each other (clarinet and pet).


In this activity, you can practise writing your own versions of nursery rhymes.

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