Poem of the Month

Clever Monkey

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 1Support comprehension and oral language by helping students talk about the illustration, make predictions, and ask their own questions about the poem.
DAY 2Build vocabulary by rereading the poem together and focusing on specific words and language elements in the poem. 
DAY 3Develop concepts of print and reading fluency by drawing attention to the punctuation in the poem and rereading it aloud together. 
DAY 4Practice phonics and phonemic awareness skills by listening for and identifying initial sounds and recognizing and generating rhyming words.
DAY 5Encourage 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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