One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Reading Comprehension Activity

Author: Mother Goose

Mother Goose nursery rhymes have been used for many years to teach children simple lessons. This poem, from a Mother Goose collection from 1916, teaches counting. Students will read the poem and answer questions on the rhyme and the details, as well as try and write a new line of the poem.

Topic(s): Fairy Tales & Fables. Skill(s): Summary, Rhythm & Rhyme. Genre(s): Poetry

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One, two,
Buckle my shoe;
Three, four,
Knock at the door;
Five, six,
Pick up sticks;
Seven, eight,
Lay them straight;
Nine, ten,
A good, fat hen;
Eleven, twelve,
Dig and delve;
Thirteen, fourteen,
Maids a-courting;
Fifteen, sixteen,
Maids in the kitchen;
Seventeen, eighteen,
Maids a-waiting;
Nineteen, twenty,
My plate’s empty.

Comprehension Questions

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