How to make and appreciate timely lyrics for Jack and Jill

How to Make and Appreciate Timely Lyrics for Jack and Jill

The traditional lyrics for Jack and Jill

The traditional lyrics for Jack and Jill are:

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water;
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
and Jill came tumbling after.

Up Jack got, and home did trot,
As fast as he could caper,
To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob
With vinegar and brown paper.

Mother Goose

The rhyme scheme

The rhyme scheme is AABCCB. This means the first and third lines contain internal rhymes, Jill/hill and down/crown, as well as got/trot, and dob/nob. Similarly, the third line has an external rhyme with the sixth line (after/water caper/paper). Although our pronunciation of water and after are not quite rhyme in sound. In Jack and Jill, each row has seven syllables. Rhymes like Little Miss Muffet also have a rhyme scheme of AABCCB but have more syllables per line.

The rhyme scheme for Jack and Jill is AABCCB and each line has seven syllables.
the rhyme scheme of Jack and Jill

The first lyrics for Jack and Jill

Lyrics for Jack and Jill were first published in the 18th century. Today the Mother Goose meets Mother Nature lyrics are available at
Lyrics for Jack and Jill were first published in the 18th century.

The first Jack and Jill rhyme date back to the 18th century. Still, the rhyme continues to be seen wherever nursery rhymes and mother goose rhymes are printed today. The Mother Goose meets Mother Nature series includes a version of Jack and Jill that teaches students about water and the states of matter.

Making new lyrics

Writing new lyrics can be a fun exercise and challenge students to begin making their own poems. Firstly, they first need to think of two names. It is helpful to keep the names at one syllable each to make the number of syllables per line total seven. Therefore, a one-syllable nickname is best if the child wants to make the rhyme about themself and a friend. After that, continue with where the characters will go or what they will do. The ending word will need to rhyme with one of the names chosen. Continue thinking of words that can replace the traditional lyrics but continue to maintain the correct number of syllables per line.

the rhyme scheme is AABCCB. Each dash represents a syllable. Use this template to help create your own.
Use this template to help create your own.


Sue and Joe went to a show
To watch a play with song;
Sue was glad but Joe was sad,
because musicals were long.

Ruth and Quinn can sit and spin
They both would never listen;
They loved to groove, then did move,
to a standing position.

Jade and Blake went to a lake
Deciding to rent a boat;
Only to fish, was their wish
If just they could stay afloat.

Try creating a rhyme that teaches the concepts you want your students to remember. There are endless ways you can rewrite the Jack and Jill Lyrics. In addition, Rhyme Zone can help you search for words that rhyme.

Lyrics for Jack and Jill and other nursery rhymes

Similarly, DawnStephensBooks uses the lyrics for Jack and Jill to teach about water and the three states of matter.

Jack and Jill discover that the air was a-chill up there on the hill in this creative teaching resource by
Jack and Jill discover the temperature is colder on top of the hill.

By following the same rhyme scheme, the Mother Goose Meets Mother Nature series of books are easy for children and teachers to read. You can purchase it here or in our TpT store.

mother goose meets mother nature is a series of ebooks at
The Mother Goose Meets Mother Nature series

In conclusion, the lyrics for Jack and Jill follow a common pattern that helps children learn and remember new material.

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