Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Very Own Poetry Collection

My Very Own Poetry Collection: 101 Poems for Kindergartners

I got this book back when I was teaching 1st grade, at the time I don't know there was a 1st grade collection, but we had a lot of fun with this one. It covers many of the topics covered in Kinder and 1st: transportation, seasons, all about me, so on and so forth.

It's printed on perforated pages, so you can easily tear pages out to make copies. I took all the pages out and put them in page protectors and made copies of the sentence strips on cardstock and put it in the same page with the poem it goes with. Here's how we use it.

1. Each kid gets a copy of the poem to glue into their poetry notebook.
2. We take the sentence strips (these are one line from the poem) and work together to put them in order on the pocket chart. If you didn't have a pocket chart you could just do this on the floor. At this point, this is just a matching the same letters activity, not reading yet.
3. We also say the poem together everyday.

Here's other things you can do with these poems, or other poems, or nursery rhymes:

1. Look for sight words.
2. Look for the letter you're studying for the week. This can be more challenging if the letter is in the middle of the word.
3. Make actions to go with the words.
4. Find rhyming words.
5. This is a higher level skill, but look for a rhyming pattern.
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