Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Poetry: 'Springtime'

Although it is Spring Break and school is not in session this week, I have the following activity about our poetry to post.  I hope that my students will share with you at home what we've been enjoying at school:

Springtime
A small green frog on a big brown log.
A black and yellow bee in a little green tree.
A red and yellow snake by a blue-green lake.
All sat and listened to red bird sing,
"Wake up everybody!  It's Spring! It's Spring!"

Every month or so, the children are introduced to a new poem.  Recently, we have been enjoying 'Springtime.'  I always introduce the poem at circle time and let the children hear the words without any pictures.  After several days, I show the corresponding pictures which they can use as cues in reciting the poem.  Once they have learned the poem using the pictures, then I introduce the reading chart.  By this time, they have memorized the words and can begin matching them with the written version.  The poetry chart stays on the wall throughout the day and the children can practice reading it with a pointer.  Some students even enjoy reciting the poem to their classmates at circle time!

The poetry chart with pictures and written words.
Once the children are comfortable with the poetry chart, then the poetry basket is introduced.  The poetry basket gives children opportunities to 'act out' the poem which is always so much fun - especially with a friend!  One child reads the poem while the other acts it out:
Poetry basket version of the poem.  The popsicle stick with the googly eye is our reading stick which the kids use to point to each word as they read the poem (that's what the dots are for, too...).
A small green frog on a big brown log.
A black and yellow bee in a little green tree.
A red and yellow snake by a blue-green lake.
All sat and listened to red bird sing,
"Wake up everybody!  It's Spring!  It's Spring!"

Thanks to My Montessori Journey for providing the pictures and poetry printout!

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