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All About Build a Poems
Friends, this is crazy! How in the world haven’t I written a blog post about Build a Poems, yet? Yes; you may have read about them in posts about nursery rhymes or poems for kids, but Build a Poems are so awesome, they absolutely deserve their own post! In this post, I will answer the questions I am most asked about my Build a Poem printable resources, and help you understand how you, too, can use build a poems to teach kids how to read! I feel like a kid in a candy store; I get so excited knowing kiddos are being exposed to poems and nursery rhymes. 🙂 Let’s get started!
What are Build a Poems
Build a Poems are printable resources that help raise the kids’ levels of reading engagement. Kids read or recite the poem, then become immersed in building the poem using large print word cards. So much fun!
What Grades Should Use Build a Poems
Build a Poems are ideal for primary grades. I have used Build a Poems with kids ranging from kindergarten through third grade, and they all love the hands-on poetry experience!
Kindergarten and first graders love the novelty, independence, rhythm and rhyme, and the challenge. Whereas, the second and third graders love the Build a Poems because it’s not a typical activity for their grade level. And, by “not typical”, I mean these grade levels start to lean more towards worksheets and seatwork. Whereas, the Build a Poems allow them freedom to get up and move, work in a small group, and recite poems that are fun and familiar to them.
Whatever the age, students work at their own pace to build the poems; allowing them to focus on building reading fluency without the extra stress of a time-restricted activity. Using poetry and rhymes to get kids excited to read has been my number one success as a teacher!
What Learning Standards are Covered
Based on the Common Core standards for English Language Arts, Build a Poems cover the following learning skills:
- Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
- Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
- Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
- Recognize and produce rhyming words.
- Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.
- Recognize and name end punctuation.
- With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
- Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
- Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
- Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.
- Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
What is Included in the Build a Poem Poetry Activities
When you purchase and download my Build a Poem activities, you will get a full-color poem page, and the large-print word cards. Year after year, I would find myself spending so much time writing every word of these poems onto sentence strips, only to lose them and have to rewrite them all over again. Now, you will have the poem page and the large print words right at your fingertips. If a word card shows up missing, you can simply reprint that word card.
We all know how easy it is to lose pieces of a kindergarten language arts center. But, don’t worry, I’ve thought all of that through, and have created well organized poetry centers for the entire school year.
When creating these resources, I made sure to to remember teachers time! Each poem’s word cards are bordered in the same color as the full-page poem. The word cards also have the same poetry graphic clipart. The clipart will save you from the “oh, Mrs. _____, I found this word card under the carpet.”, and now you have no idea which poem it belongs to, moment. Now, you can simply look at the graphics on the word card and know which poem it belongs to. No more incomplete pocket chart poetry centers!
Do I Need a Pocket Chart to do the Poetry Center
No, you do not need a pocket chart to complete the build a poems. However, the pocket charts are extremely helpful when presenting the poems, doing mini-lessons with word work, and modeling how to build the poem during a whole group or small group poetry lesson.
In fact, my sweet friend from KinderImpressions had her kindergarten students build the poems on the floor. The kids have plenty of room, and it allows them to be out of their traditional seated area. Actually, by allowing students to build the poem on the floor, you can have multiple poetry centers going at once. This is a great activity to have your students working on while you pull guided reading groups.