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Spring Is Here Poetry Hop

Welcome Poetry Fans!

Thanks so much for stopping by to enjoy the many ideas, products, and freebies from another lovely group of bloggers who love literacy! We have our fearless leader, Carla from Comprehension Connection, to thank for organizing this seasonal blog hop!  We hope that you find what we've shared this weekend to be useful in your classroom as we celebrate April as National Poetry Month!

Every spring, my second grade "city slickers" head out to a farm about 40-miles away to experience life in the country!  Together we milk a cow, hold baby ducks, feed a baby goat from a bottle, and marvel at a pig the size of Wilbur from Charlotte's Web.   Before we go on our field trip, and again after we come back, we explore barnyard sights and sounds with activities from this fun literacy pack I created!

You can see the preview and read more about this resource in my TpT store {HERE}.

Piggyback song/poems are a big favorite of my students, and I've made this writing sampler for your class to enjoy!  Click {HERE} to download it!

No poetry unit in my classroom would be complete without a Reader's Theater activity (or two), and Cock-a-doodle-doo!  Barnyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz is a Scholastic classic that I use every year to help my students build fluency and rhyming skills!  My students love the call-and-response format of the story, and use different animal voices while enjoying repeated readings with their partner during our Daily 5 Read To Someone block!

I plan to give away a paperback copy of this great book along with the audio CD to one lucky reader, so be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.  The winner will be announced Monday, April 13th here on my blog and on my Facebook page!

by Giles Andreae
from Barnyard Hullabaloo

I'm the rockin' rooster, baby,
Tell me, who are you?

by Giles Andreae
from Barnyard Hullabaloo

We chickens are covered with feathers
All over our wings and our legs,
So of course we could fly
If we wanted to try
But we're too busy laying these eggs.

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Before you click on the link to  Literacy Loving Gals to enjoy Colleen's post, know that I continue to truly appreciate your readership!  I hope that you will leave a comment below on how you incorporate poetry lessons into your language arts instruction!
As always, continue to share your story, hold a song in your heart, dream a little dream, and teach your children well!

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 Literacy Loving Gals
Jennifer Reynolds
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  1. Great job! I LOVE teaching with songs!

    1. Music makes my heart happy, Cathy! Thanks for sharing the love!

  2. Jennifer-I just love your ideas and materials. I would LOVE to be a student in your classroom. You are so creative! Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments, Carla! I bought myself a pair of overalls to wear on our trip this year so that I can even look "authentic!" Maybe we will re-write the song and sing "Old Mrs. Reynolds Had A Farm!?" Ha!

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  4. Great post and freebie, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing. ;)
    Literacy Loving Gals


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