You and your students will love these giggle-worthy original poems for short and long vowels, variant vowels, consonant digraphs and blends PLUS corresponding word work (word sorts), fluency practice (formatted for timed, repeated readings and performances), word wall cards and best tips for implementation= NO PREP INTEGRATION at its best (see note in parentheses below). I love writing poems and using them in my classroom! They always delight students and can serve as wonderful, authentic contexts for word and fluency work.
(Remember, the brain learns best when what we are teaching is connected. This product helps you integrate shared, repeated and independent reading with phonics and fluency instruction. Put the Word Wall cards on a foam display board, and you now have a constant scaffold for students who need more repetition as they move toward automaticity. Here's to integration!)
I know you probably already have poems for teaching phonics, after all, they are so fun and effective to use. But, you can always use more! The more varied contexts students are exposed to, the more they are likely to become automatic with spelling-sound patterns. The long vowel poems contain the most frequent spelling patterns for the vowel--GREAT for teaching, reinforcing and using as a stimulus to hunt for other words with these common patterns. Plus, as you know, reading and rereading these types of poems does wonders for students' reading fluency. Now, with the added fluency practice, you can do some of this work in class and/or send it home for reinforcement!
I also included my favorite "Best Tips" for classroom use based on my almost 30 years of teaching experience and the ideas I've published in my many books from Scholastic, Stenhouse, and Corwin.
Find more great ideas on my blog: www.janielwagstaff.blogspot.com
My Professional Teaching Blog
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