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Goodbye October… Hello November! — Scarecrow Poem & Activities

1 Nov

As many of you know… I. Love. Fall. ūüôā I love fall foods (pumpkin muffins, apple pie, butternut squash soup… Mmmm!) and pretty much everything related to fall. I would be ecstatic¬†if we could stretch-out the autumn fun to¬†last another month. Unfortunately, winter usually comes too early in WNY,¬†and¬†my hopes for a long autumn season¬†get buried under a pile of snow. (Sigh.)

Since I probably¬†have a few more weeks¬†before I¬†have to say¬†“Goodbye Fall… Hello Winter!,” I wrote¬†a new fall-themed poem about a scarecrow to share with all of YOU!¬†Not only is it fun for fluency, but I’ve also added some word work and comprehension activity pages to go along with it.

Scarecrow Poetry Resource

Students can use the descriptive language in the poem to visualize the scarecrow. They can hunt for text evidence that helps them create a mind-picture and can record the picture on the page provided.

Scarecrow Visualization

This poem provides plenty of word work opportunities! Students can hunt for rhyming words, compound words, word endings, and specific phonics patterns. I always create a coding key for my students to follow. For this poem, I had them underline rhyming words, box compound words, and squiggle underline adjectives.

Scarecrow Poem Word Hunt

The scarecrow adjectives are great for a parts of speech mini-lesson! I always have my students circle or highlight the adjectives in the poem before recording the words on the graphic organizer. (As an alternative, the scarecrow patches on the graphic organizer can be used to visualize the adjectives, almost acting as picture frames, for students to show they understand the meaning of each word!)

Scarecrow Adjectives

Are you looking for some picture books to add to your classroom library? I’ve listed a few of my favorites below. They are perfect for building-up your students’ background knowledge and scarecrow vocabulary!

Download the free poem by clicking HERE or the image below!

Scarecrow Poem & Activities

Happy November! 

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Partner Poems for Poetry Month

10 Apr

Partner Poems for Poetry Month (MsJordanReads)

With April underway, you’re probably knee-deep in poetry¬†and ready for some new resources for Poetry Month. You can never have enough poetry in your library (right?), so I’m sharing¬†a¬†few new poetry resources that you can hopefully use this month¬†with your students.

If you haven’t been introduced to¬†partner poems or “Poems for Two Voices,” you’re greatly missing out. They’re fun, interactive, and students love them!

Poems for Two Voices

When I first started with partner poetry, I mostly used¬†Partner Poems for Building Fluency by¬†Tim Rasinski. I still use a lot of those poems but have since developed my own poems with a back-and-forth narrative¬†structure. Most of my poems have a sequence of events that the students can retell, and they’re more similar to a Readers Theater with assigned character parts. I liked the idea of two characters talking or thinking¬†aloud¬†in a dialogue-type structure. Many¬†of the partner poems¬†I’ve created have a problem/solution format, but others are just looking at ONE situation from two different points of view. (Check them out here!)

Typically, I integrate these poems around the holidays as literacy centers or for fluency warm-ups, but I’ve started to use them more for¬†other integrated literacy skills, as well. They’re great for character analysis, making inferences, making connections, analyzing point of view, and so much more!

A Partner Poem for Spring

Ready to try out a partner poem? Download this FREE partner poem to use with your students for Poetry Month.

You can purchase and download¬†the complete packet (with comprehension activities), “Wake Up, Grizzly Bear!”¬†by clicking the image below.

"Wake Up, Grizzy Bear!" Partner Poem by @MsJordanReads

(NOTE: This full packet was free, for a LIMITED TIME only, during the “Spring is Here Poetry Hop” from 4/10/15-4/12/15).

Free Graphic Organizer

Here’s a Point of View¬†graphic organizer¬†you can use with ANY of my partner poems (or any poem with two voices that features¬†two different perspectives). Students can record or illustrate the point of view of the two different characters.

More Resources

If you like “Wake Up, Grizzly Bear!,” you’ll be sure to like my 15+ other partner poems in the series! The poems are sold individually, seasonally in Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter bundles, or you can scoop them all up at a discount with the Everyday¬†bundle or¬†Mega Bundle. I also have JUST the poems available (without the activities) in an anthology (perfect for printing out or using on a tablet device!).

Bring FLUENCY fun into your classroom with 15+ partner poems from @MsJordanReads! Each poem is similar to doing a readers theater, but just in poetry format. Perfect for teaching PERSPECTIVE & POINT OF VIEW!

Looking for more ideas? Here are additional poems and poetry books for multiple voices that I currently use in my classroom:

 

NOTE: This post was originally part of the “Spring is Here Poetry Hop” sponsored by The Reading Crew. Check out all the posts starting here or head on over to¬†Book Units Teacher¬†for the next stop.

Happy Teaching!

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A FREE Back to School Poem

18 Aug

Two more weeks and then it’s back to school for me! (Seriously… where did the summer go?!?) I’d like to say that I was extremely productive and accomplished everything on my to-do list, but… not so much. I started to feel guilty and disappointed in myself, but then I came across¬†Jenny’s post¬†at Luckeyfrog’s Lilypad,¬†“The Summer That Should Have Been,” and it helped put things into perspective for me. I’m feeling a LITTLE less guilty about the neglected task items on my list, because looking back,¬†I’ve had a pretty awesome summer!

Just to share a few things I was lucky enough to do:

I went to Ireland with my¬†husband’s family for a week. (One word: AMAZING)

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(Lough Leane, Killarney, Ireland – July 2014)

I spent three days in Belgium with my husband where we ate lots of waffles, chocolate, and frites (and tried MANY new beers!).

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I spent time with family and friends, near and far. Threw a (successful) surprise retirement party for my father-in-law. Went to a couple of weddings, from Buffalo to Chicago, to celebrate the marriage of some of my favorite people. Snuggled with my adorable pup, Kiko. I even read seven books (YESSS!).

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For teaching-related tasks, I¬†completed¬†two online courses for continuing ed credit, published¬†two new partner poems (I now have 14 total!), and filled up a notebook with fun¬†ideas for the school year. I’m also in the process of¬†planning a new intervention block with the 2nd grade team in my building.

Productive summer? Yes. As productive as I wanted to be? No. Am I okay with it? ABSOLUTELY, yes. I feel accomplished, yet refreshed. My summer was FULL… full¬†of¬†fun, relaxation, travel, and wonderful memories (with a little work mixed in there). ūüôā

Despite all of that, I’m still struggling with the summer being almost over. It’s one thing to create lessons and resources by the pool, another to get up, get dressed, and get myself out the door each morning! I’m not looking forward to that, but I am eager to kick-off another fun school year. I have so many new ideas I want to try out, and I can’t wait to see all my students!

A *FREE* Back-to-School Poem!

As I mentioned above, I’ve been working on a few new¬†partner poems to use with my students this year! If you love partner poetry (aka, “poems for two voices”)¬†and are interested in checking them out, click¬†HERE! They’re great for fluency practice and for teaching character perspective. My students love them, and I bet yours would too! You can buy¬†a collection of just the poems (PDF eBook), or¬†I sell each poem individually with activity pages. I’m working on¬†getting them published as a REAL book (wouldn’t that be awesome?!). ūüôā

In the mean time, to celebrate¬†my growing partner poetry collection and the back-to-school season… I’m offering my newest poem for FREE on TpT (if you’re not already a member of TpT, you should join here!).¬†Grab the FREE poetry packet HERE or by clicking the images below!

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Happy Teaching!

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FREE Back to School Partner Poem for fluency! | Interactive, back-and-forth style poem for building fluency and bringing back to school poetry fun into your classroom. This poem for two voices is readers theater style and perfect for practicing expression.

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