Sing a song of sixpence

Words: 50-100

Skills: Context Clues Summary

Grades: K 1st 2nd

Topics: Fairy Tales and Fables

Genres: Poetry

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CCSS: Reading: Literature

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Sing a Song of Sixpence


by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose

Many generations of English-speaking children have grown up on Mother Goose nursery rhymes. This classic is from a collection published in 1916. Students will read the poem and answer questions on the details and the vocabulary.

Reading Comprehension Passage

Sing a Song of Sixpence

by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose
Sing a song of sixpence,
   A pocket full of rye;
Four-and-twenty blackbirds
   Baked in a pie!

When the pie was opened
   The birds began to sing;
Was not that a dainty dish
   To set before the king?

The king was in his counting-house,
   Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlor,
   Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden,
   Hanging out the clothes;
When down came a blackbird
   And snapped off her nose.

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. How many blackbirds were in the pie?



2. In the poem, it says the pie was a “dainty dish." What do you think “dainty”means here?



3. Where was the queen?



4. What happened to the maid?