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Valentine’s Day Poetry Fun!

12 Feb

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

I made my dog a valentine,
she sniffed it very hard,
then chewed on it a little while
and left it in the yard.
I made one for my parakeets,
a pretty paper heart,
they pulled it with their claws and beaks
until it ripped apart.
I made one for my turtle,
all he did was get it wet,
I wonder if a valentine
is wasted on a pet.
This poem is from Jack Prelutsky’s book of silly Valentine’s Day poetry: It’s Valentine’s Day. My students love them all!

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 (msjordanreads@gmail.com) and let me know if I have permission to post! 🙂

Also, if you haven’t scooped up my FREE Making Words activity sheet from last year or this week’s Classroom Freebies, Too! post, here it is again!

Making Words!

Happy Teaching & Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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Collect FREE Valentine’s Day Resources!

29 Jan

Are you interested in collecting FREE Valentine’s Day activities and resources for your classroom?

Join the Valentine Blog Hop!

With this great February event, you have the opportunity to “hop” from blog to blog and collect free resources from each! As you visit each blog, be sure to enter yourself in all the Teachers Pay Teachers giveaway contests too! These are optional, but no matter what, you win!

How to Collect Free Resources:
  • Visit each blog to find your free Valentine’s Day teaching resource.
  • Enter each blog’s giveaway for a chance to win fabulous teaching resources from TPT.
  • Help promote the Valentine Blog Hop to your colleagues and teacher friends through word of mouth and social networking.
  • Bloggers love comments! Please take the time to check out the teacher-bloggers posts and leave relevant comments.

Enter the Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing. Valentine Blog Hop Giveaway!

How to Enter:
  • Simply become a follower of my Facebook page or subscribe to my blog via email (Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing.) and comment on this post saying you did so! (You must include your name in the comment so I can keep track of the entrants!)
  • One entry will be given for each “follow” between February 1-14, 2012.
  • I will use random.org to select the winner on February 14, 2012 and I will send you a message via Facebook or the email you use to subscribe to this blog! I will also post the names of the three winners on my blog on February 15th!
  • Three winners will win three teaching resources from my Teachers Pay Teachers store… of your choice! I have over 80 resources available to choose from and will email the products directly to you!

Download my FREE Valentine’s Day Making Words activity!

A special thank you to Lisa from Effective Teaching Articles for putting this together!

Check out the other participating blogs here:

Happy Blog Hopping!

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