Old king cole

Words: 50-100

Skills: Figurative Language Rhythm & Rhyme Summary

Grades: K 1st 2nd

Topics: Fairy Tales and Fables

Genres: Poetry

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CCSS: Reading: Literature


Old King Cole

by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose

The beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes have been around for centuries. This version of one of the classic poems is from a 1916 collection. Students will read the poem and respond to questions on the language and the details.

Reading Comprehension Passage

Old King Cole

by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose
     Old King Cole
     Was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
     He called for his pipe,
     And he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three!
And every fiddler, he had a fine fiddle,
      And a very fine fiddle had he.
"Twee tweedle dee, tweedle dee," went the fiddlers.
     Oh, there's none so rare
     As can compare
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. What are two things Old King Cole called for?

2. Find two word that rhyme in the poem.

3. What sound did the fiddlers make?

4. What kind of fiddle did each fiddler have?