Students will love this fun back-to-school poem, and you will love the five-day lesson plan that makes it easy to support a variety of comprehension, oral language, vocabulary, fluency, phonics and phonemic awareness, and creative response skills—a different literacy skill for every day of the week!
Incorporate a quick poetry lesson into your daily routine whenever you or your students need a boost, and use the built-in lesson plan to focus on a different teaching opportunity each day:
|DAY 1||Support comprehension and oral language by helping students talk about the illustration, make predictions, and ask their own questions about the poem.|
|DAY 2||Build vocabulary by rereading the poem together and focusing on specific words and language elements in the poem.|
|DAY 3||Develop concepts of print and reading fluency by drawing attention to the punctuation in the poem and rereading it aloud together.|
|DAY 4||Practice phonics and phonemic awareness skills by listening for and identifying initial sounds and recognizing and generating rhyming words.|
|DAY 5||Encourage creativity by clapping the rhythm of the poem, making up a tune or a rap, moving to the poem, and illustrating the poem in students’ personal poetry notebooks.|
“Clever Monkey” is part of the Grade K Whole-Class Resources kit but can be enjoyed by children and teachers of all ages!
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JillE Literacy was created by educator, author, and international literacy consultant Jill Eggleton, QSO. Since her earliest days as a classroom teacher in New Zealand, Jill has known that there is no room for struggle, pain, or boredom in reading.
Teachers need books that work as hard as they do. Today’s teachers have more demands on their time than ever. JillE Literacy lets teachers spend less time planning and more time teaching.
Engagement is key. There is no room for struggle, pain, or boredom in reading. To engage young readers, teachers need books and poems that spark emotion, imagination, critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity.
Foundational literacy skills need to be explicitly and systematically taught. You cannot read if you can’t decode accurately. However, you cannot learn to read by just learning to decode. JillE Literacy embeds explicit instruction and repeated practice in foundational literacy skills throughout every text, uniquely using highly engaging books and poems rather than the usual dull, decodable texts.
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