How Hickory Dickory Dock Got His Name

hickory-dickory-dockThis story was co-written by K-2 students and myself, during a unit on ‘Time’ we were doing in Maths. It provided an opportunity for us to discuss various clock faces, particularly because they wanted the clock in the story to have roman numerals on its face! Also, telling time on the hour is another feature to discuss with this story.

Once upon a time there was an old grandfather clock who lived in a cottage in the woods. His name was unknown, because he was so old that nobody could remember it.

The old grandfather clock loved to tell everyone the time. He had a friendly face, with roman numerals on it. He stood tall in the hallway of his cottage and worked hard every day telling his family the time.

But the old grandfather clock felt lonely living in the cottage. He hadn’t heard the chimes of any other clock in many years. He became so lonely, that after a while he didn’t even want to sing his O’Clock Song any more.

For more years than he could remember, he had faithfully told his family that an hour had passed, by singing his ‘O’Clock Song’ every 60 minutes:

It’s one o’clock
It’s one o’clock
It’s one o’clock this day

He felt this was an important job, because after all people always needed to know the time, but lately he had been wondering what would happen if he stopped singing. Would anyone even notice?

Midnight came and the old clock decided not to sing. He did not chime his bell twelve times. Instead he remained silent.

Just then, a mouse came along and said, “I need to practice climbing. Mum says my climbing skills aren’t good enough yet.”

Immediately the old grandfather clock said, “You can use me to practice. I am quite tall. Perfect for climbing.”

“Thank you,” said the mouse.

The mouse happily ran up the clock. Up and down he went, having a great old time. After his sixth trip up to the top of the clock, the mouse whispered, “I know what your name can be.”

“What?” asked the old Clock. “I would love a name. I had a one long ago, but I can’t remember it.”

“I think your name should be Hickory Dickory,” said the mouse.

“Oooh, I like that,” said the clock. “Perhaps I should have a last name too?” said Hickory Dickory.

“Well the family who live in this house have a splendid last name. It’s Dock, ” said the mouse.

“Perfect! I love the sound of that – Hickory Dickory Dock,” said Hickory, testing it out.

 

The mouse ran down to tell his little family about the naming of the old clock. They were all rather excited that the old clock had a new name. They wanted to come and speak to the old clock themselves.

“Hickory, do you mind if my brothers and sisters practice their climbing skills on you too?” asked the mouse.

“Not at all. It would be lovely to have some company. I get lonely singing the O’clock Song by myself every hour of the day,” Hickory said with a sigh.

“I know, we could sing a song about your new name instead!” said the smallest mouse.

“Oh yes!” all the mice squeaked together. “That’s a great idea!”

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory Dickory Dock

 

Just as they finished singing, Hickory added, “Tick Tock” and they all laughed.

Every hour when Hickory chimed the time, the mice came running so they could sing their song.

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two
The mouse said “Boo” 
Hickory Dickory Dock

 

Hickory Dickory Dock

The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three
The mouse said “Weeeee”
Hickory Dickory Dock

 

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four
The mouse said “No more”
Hickory Dickory Dock

 

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck five
The mouse took a dive
Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck six
The mice gathered sticks
Hickory Dickory Dock

 

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck seven
8, 9 10 and 11
Hickory Dickory Dock

 

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
As twelve bells rang
All the mice sang
Hickory Dickory Dock

 

And so, Hickory Dickory Dock was never lonely again. In fact, he became quite famous, because after that special night, word began to spread about the old grandfather clock and the mouse who gave him a new name. Now it is a famous song, sung by boys and girls all over the world.

Download the story to read to your class: How Hickory Dickory Dock Got His Name – by Sarah Parker

Related lesson resources:

O’Clock Times Teaching Resources – Sparklebox These resources from Sparklebox are free to download and they’re fantastic! The ‘Loop Cards’ and ‘Time Bingo’ games are great fun. My students really enjoyed them 🙂

 

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