Sight Word / Phonics Poems

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These 72 simple four-line poems will help your students with both reading and spelling the 72 Jolly Phonics tricky words (sight words) as well as practicing phonics sounds! Each poem focuses on one sight word as well as one vowel sound. Once the sight words are introduced in a poem, they are incorporated into later poems for review as well. The first few poems contain short a words, the next few contain short i, and vowel sounds are continued to be added in the order that they are introduced in the Jolly Phonics program (and each poem has the phonics sound listed in the top corner). So not only are these poems perfect for learning or reinforcing sight words, but they are great for practicing phonics too! They are also beneficial for fluency practice, especially because they are repetitive in nature and contain rhymes.

Two versions are included. In the first version, students write in the sight word four times in the poem before reading it. They trace the sight word once, write it twice on handwriting lines, and write it once on a single line. In the second version, there are no blanks to fill in. In both versions, there are two poems per page, and each poem has a picture . Also in both versions, the poems are shifted on the page so that they can be copied back-to-back and hole-punched for a folder (they look great in poetry folders, and a cover page is included in both color and black/white).

There are so many ways these poems can be used. You can print out one sheet a week for each student, use them at school and/or send home, place in reusable protector sheets for small groups, place in poetry folders, etc.

While these poems follow the Jolly Phonics Program sequence, they can certainly be used by anyone using any program! The tricky (sight) words and sounds included are as follows:

I / short a
The / short a
He / short a
She / short a
Me / short a
We / short a
Be / short i
Was / short i
To / short i
Do / short i
Are / short i
All / short i
You / short e
Your / short e
Come / short e
Some / short e
Said / short e
Here / short e
There / short o
They / short o
Go / short o
No / short o
So / short o
My / short o
One / short u
By / short u
Only / short u
Old / short u
Like / short u
Have / short u
Live / short vowels
Give / short vowels
Little / short vowels
Down / short vowels
What / short vowels
When / short vowels
Why / long a
Where / long a
Who / long a
Which / long o
Any / long o
Many / long o
More / long i
Before / long i
Other / long i
Were / long e
Because / long e
Want / long e
Saw / or
Put / or
Could / or
Should / -ng
Would / -ng
Right / short oo
Two / short oo
Four / long oo
Goes / long oo
Does / ou/ow
Made / ou/ow
Their / ou/ow
Once / oi/oy
Upon / oi/oy
Always / oi/oy
Also / long u
Of / long u
Eight / long u
Love / er/ur/ir
Cover / er/ur/ir
After / ar
Every / ar
Mother / au/aw/al
Father / au/aw/al

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Thank you and happy teaching!
Erin Guge

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