Hope everyone is having a fun Valentine’s week!
I thought I’d take a few minutes to share a fun poem and activity that I’m using with my 3rd and 4th graders this week. The silly poem I shared below is great for fluency (and for laughing… my students LOVE Jack Prelutsky’s poetry!).
I Made My Dog a Valentine
By: Jack Prelutsky
Students can also read the poem on Jack Prelutsky’s website here! (NOTE: His website is flash enabled so you won’t be able to use it on the iPad or apple devices.) Once you’re on the website, you have to click on the animated dog (see screenshot below!).
You can also print it out here for your students so they can visualize each stanza or highlight the rhyming pattern! (Go to “File” and then “Download”… don’t click on “Share.”)
As an extension, I had one of my 4th grade RtI groups create a NEW stanza with a different animal receiving the valentine! Here is a sample from one of my 4th graders:
I would love to hear the stanzas your students come up with! It would be great to publish a few of them as a follow-up to this blog post, too… so send them my way (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know if I have permission to post! 🙂
Happy Teaching & Happy Valentine’s Day!