This humorous poem is perfect for creepy-crawly October! Students will delight in considering all the disgusting foods the author would rather try than a spoonful of hairy spider stew.
Poetry, especially humorous poetry, helps build motivation and enjoyment of reading in small pockets of time each day. It’s particularly effective for reluctant readers by providing short and engaging shared reading experiences that develop word-solving skills, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension in a low-stress context. It’s hard for students to be anxious about reading when they are laughing!
Incorporate a quick poetry lesson into your daily shared reading lessons whenever you or your students need a boost, and use the built-in five-day lesson plan to focus on a different teaching opportunity each day.
|DAY 1||Support comprehension, questioning, and oral language skills by helping students talk about the illustration, make predictions, and ask and answer questions about the poem.|
|DAY 2||Build vocabulary by rereading the poem together and focusing on specific words, such as munch, swallow, chomp, slurp, and brainstorming other similar verbs.|
|DAY 3||Develop reading fluency by rereading the poem at a brisk pace and with appropriate expression.|
|DAY 4||Reinforce phonics and spelling skills by examining words with different spelling patterns for the /oo/ sound and brainstorming other ways to write the sound.|
|DAY 5||Encourage creativity by performing the poem in different ways, illustrating the poem, and writing either a response to the poem or a poem of their own.|
“Hairy Spider Stew” is part of the Grade 3 Whole-Class Resources kit but can be enjoyed by children and teachers of all ages!
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