Like all the poems in JillE Literacy, “Truggle Tree Monsters” contains rhythmical, rhyming text that creates a joyful shared reading experience and builds a love of language and reading. The poem also provides a valuable opportunity to build language and literacy skills in small pockets of time each day.

Enjoy this JillE Literacy poem with children and use the five-day lesson plan to focus on a different teaching opportunity each day:

DAY 1Support comprehension and oral language by helping students make predictions, use text clues, and ask their own questions about the poem.
DAY 2Build vocabulary by rereading the poem together and focusing on the specific words and language elements in the poem. 
DAY 3Develop reading fluency by drawing attention to the punctuation and stylized text in the poem and rereading it aloud together. 
DAY 4Practice phonics and phonemic awareness skills by identifying base words and suffixes, plurals, and their associated spelling patterns.
DAY 5Encourage creativity by clapping the rhythm, making up a tune or a rap, moving to the poem, and illustrating the poem in students’ personal poetry notebooks. 

“Truggle Tree Monsters” is part of the Grade 2 Whole-Class Resources kit but can be enjoyed by children and teachers of all ages!

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