This lesson builds critical thinking skills by reading and responding to elements of poetry. In 24 pages, the child will
• preview rhyming and other words,
• identify and read two poems (“Five Little Monkeys” and “Ten Little Fingers”),
• respond to the rhymes of each poem,
• understand structure by locating rhyming words, and
• respond to rhythm by clapping and counting the beats.
monkeys, doctor, fell, bumped, bed, head, said, five, little, toes, nose, ears, tears, fingers, arms, mouth, eyes, smiles, ten, two, five
The activities are aligned to the following standards:
Common Core: ELA Kindergarten
RL.2.5: Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
RF.2.2a: Recognize and produce rhyming words.
L.1.1d: Understand and use question words.
Texas Education Knowledge and Skills: ELA Kindergarten
2.C: Orally generate rhymes in response to spoken words.
7: Understand, make inferences, and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support understanding. Respond to rhythm and rhyme in poetry through identifying a regular beat and similarities in word sounds.
This poetry discussion pack is the twelfth and final lesson of Book 17
from the Newitt Beginning Reading and Writing Program. The program provides a fundamental yet integrated approach to reading, writing, listening, and speaking the English language. The standards-based series of 24 books guides novice learners through a full year curriculum. Each lesson discovers, connects, and practices the basics of English.
A key feature of the program is that it uses linear incremental steps and repeated practices linked to higher level thinking skills. This approach gives the learner a solid foundation of reading and writing experiences. In the process, the learner gains routine study habits, motivation to learn, confidence, and mastery.
Please print the lesson double-sided and then cut in half, so that each page is 5 1/2” by 8 1/2”. Each lesson has 24 sides.
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“The program is very simple for teachers to follow and use. Its predictable format will build students’ confidence with reading and writing.”
Kelly Williamson, kindergarten teacher of 11 years, selected teacher of the year in 2008.