Poem of the Month

Fly Feet

You can’t feel anxious about reading when you’re laughing!

That’s why so many of the stories and poems in JillE Literacy incorporate humor. Humor engages students and helps them see that reading can be a lot of fun, not just something they have to do to get through the school day.

Humorous poetry is an especially effective way to engage reluctant readers by providing short, participatory shared reading experiences that develop word-solving skills, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension in a low-stress context. 

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, focusing on the word whack, and brainstorming other similar verbs.
DAY 3 Develop reading fluency by calling attention to the punctuation and illustrative text before rereading the poem with appropriate expression.
DAY 4 Reinforce phonics and phonemic awareness skills by listening for words with the /k/ sound and discovering three different spelling patterns for this sound (c, k, ck).
DAY 5 Encourage creativity by clapping the rhythm of the poem, making up a tune or rap, moving to the poem, and illustrating the poem in their own poetry notebook.

“Fly Feet” 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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