The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

Objective: Children will experience rhyming and language through this nursery rhyme, plus follow directions.

Preparation:

  • Find drawings, or pictures with the characters in the story.   
  • Print house template on card stock from this link: Jack’s House
  • Lightly score on broken (fold) lines.

Lesson:

Discuss words that children might not know, such as:

  • Malt — A grain, usually barley, that has been soaked in water and allowed to sprout.
  • Maiden — A teenage girl.
  • Forlorn — sad
  • Priest — A church leader that can marry people.  (Talk about what the leader of your church is called that might marry people.) 
  • Shorn — shaved and clean
  • Morn — morning
  • Cock — a rooster or male bird.

Discuss words that rhyme with corn and make the poem sing. (corn, horn, torn, shorn, morn,)  Are there other words that rhyme with “corn”? 

Read “The House That Jack Built”  (You may want to have the children repeat with you part of the repetitive part at the end of each verse.)

This is the House That Jack Built

This is the house that Jack built!

This is the malt that lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cat that killed the rat
That ate the malt that lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the man all tattered and torn
That kissed the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the priest all shaven and shorn
That married the man all tattered and torn
That kissed the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cock that crowed in the morn
That waked the priest all shaven and shorn
That married the man all tattered and torn
That kissed the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the farmer sowing his corn
That kept the cock that crowed in the morn
That waked the priest all shaven and shorn
That married the man all tattered and torn
That kissed the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built!

Activity:  Make house.

  • Have children decorate their houses.  Show them which parts of the house are the walls and the roof.  
  • Read the words on the roof, then have them write their name in the blank. 
  • Have children cut out the houses on the (solid) cut lines only.
  • Have children glue the tab A to opposite wall a and the tab B of the roof to the inside of the opposite wall b. (Tabs on sides of roof can overhang to make “eaves”.)
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