High Frequency Word Poems

To introduce the word wall words each week I create a poem. I incorporate poetry reading into my practice for several different research-based reasons. 

Reading poetry improves reading skills:
  • Vocabulary rich
  • Develops grammar
  • Develops basic components of phonics
  • Develops recognition to phonetic sounds

Reading poetry improves oral speech:
  • Develops enunciation
  • Develops projection
  • Develops clarity
  • Develops a sense of rhyme 
  • Develops linguistic capacity
  • Develops verbal structure
90% of the vocal changes in a baby's life consists of playing with language (i.e. nursery rhymes). Studies have shown that since children are immediately surrounded in this type of social environment, poetry is naturally enjoyable. 

Our students LOVE reading a new poem each week. Every Monday I'm asked, "What's our poem this week Ms. Kylie?" It always amazes me how quickly they memorize the poems. Since I started incorporating poetry into learning our high frequency words, students reading skills have improved greatly. 88% of my students are currently reading at a first grade reading level!


Tricks

No time to be sick.
We have to play a trick.
Off to the animal house we go.
We will act like we're chicks.
That fly through the air.
And spell words like slick.

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off
play
spell
air
animal
house


Helping Hand

Can you picture a kind world?
Full of change and a helping hand?
Move people to be kind.
If they refuse, try them again.
We all can help save our world.

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kind
change
hand
picture
move
try 
again

The Star Spangled Banner

It’s our national anthem. 
Different from our Pledge of Allegiance.
It is sung by men and women. 
All of us need to read and sing it. 
Sing with me!
O’er the land of the free and home of the brave?

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different

home

need

men
read
us
land

Stray

Why is there a stray?
Let’s turn that way.
It went in the hay.
We need to ask here today.
Because it is such a shame to see a stray.

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such
because
went
turn
why
here
ask

Waiting in Line

Are we right in line?
We look so fine.
Some space in front and behind.
We’re not too mean.
And not shy.
We’ll help any old man if they cry.

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line

right

too

mean
old
any
some


Write It

Did we write a good sentence?
I think we did.
It has our names in it.
I like just the way we did it.
Oh man! What a great sentence.

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think
man
our
good
sentence
names
just

Learning is Fun!

After a long day of learning, 
we get to have some fun.
Come on and join us.
Down and up we jump.
Jump because we did such a great job learning. 

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long
down
day
did
get
come

New Storm

Do you hear the sounds of the new storm?
Over and over again.
It’s all part of the storm.
Rain, thunder, and lightening.
You may be scared.
Take your raincoat and rain boots.
All the rain has made huge puddles.
Jump in the puddles!

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sounds
take
part
new
over
may
made

Thankful

I am thankful for so many things.
My family, my health, my heart, my brain.
I love them all.
Then and now.
These things will not go.
Go out of your way to give a hug.
I am thankful for so many things.

WWW:

out
many
then
them
these 
so

Missing Apples

Not where, but what apples do you see?
Red, yellow, or green?
Red!
How many apples do you see?
All the apples?
Or only one?
Only one!

WWW:

where
but
what
see
what

Number One

Do you know the number one?
I see it right there.
Go that way to see it.
No one will care.

WWW:
way
number
no
right
see
go

Making New Friends

Would you like to be her friend?
It would make her happy.
We will make her some pie.
And send it with him.
I love making new friends!

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would
make
her
him
like

Let’s Find the Oil!

How do you find oil?
We can call the geologist.
They can find oil.
Geologists have been finding oil for a long time.
Now we know how to find oil. 

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been
call
who
oil 
now
find

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