Poetry & Music: POetry Sites, Nursery Rhymes...



Expose children with a wide range of poetry ( some educators suggest a minimum of 100 poems a year .)

A, B, C

  1. All Around the Baryard -poems and fingerplays

  2. Alligator Theme

  3. Alligator Songs, Poems, & Finger Plays

  4. Animals Farms/Songs & Finger Plays

  1. Poetry 4Kids

April Showers

There’s a drip

And a drop

And a trickle

And a plop

And a drizzle

And more,

There’s a splash

And a pour-

And then

    There’s the  sun and the shower

is done

Leland B Jacobs

  1. Autumn Poems

  2. Bear /Can Teach

  3. Bear Hunt Song (change to “Going to find an alligator” Crawl out of tent, cross a field, tall grass, climb a tree, cross a swamp etc. )

  4. Going on a Bear Hunt UTube scenes from nature

  5. Going on a Bear Hunt told by a puppet kangaroo U Tube

  6. The Bear Hunt/Timmy Abell I Old Know An Old Lady 7 Songs, A Story, 4 Old Ladies, A Poem and the Bear Hunt


  1. Bird Poetry

  2. Lady Bug Poetry

                  Caterpillar by Christina Rossetti/ Story-It


author unknown

Ever crawl under your blanket

And felt all warm in the dark of your bed?

Imagine you sprouted your very own wings

Then leapt right up with your arms outspread


Just like a caterpillar

In a cocoon - so shy

Then in secret darkness

Turns to a bright-winged butterfly.

Ever crawl into your closet

Shutting out the streamers of sun

And dressed yourself in your brightest clothes

then popped right out and surprise someone?

Just like a caterpillar in a cocoon so shy


Ever feel that no one could see you

That maybe the folks in the world are blind?

But one day your colors will all take hold

And people will see you flutter and shine.


Climbing by Amy Lowell

High up in the apple tree climbing I go,

With the sky above me, the earth below.

Each branch is the step of a wonderful stair

Which leads to the town I see shining up there.

Climbing, climbing, higher and higher,

The branches blow and I see a spire,

The gleam of a turret, the glint of a dome,

All sparkling and bright, like white sea foam.

On and on, from bough to bough,

The leaves are thick, but I push my way through;

Before, I have always had to stop,

But to-day I am sure I shall reach the top.

Today to the end of the marvelous stair,

Where those glittering pinnacles flash in the air!

Climbing, climbing, higher I go,

With the sky close above me, the earth far below.

  1. Collection of Poems by Christina Rossetti  /hundreds of poems

  2. Color Poems/ with notebooks /Wolfelicious

  3. Color Poems/ Chalkboard /Brokers of Expertise

  4. Christopher Columbus Poems

  5. Chicken Soup and Rice Poems for Kids with lesson plans


  1. Down by the Bay

  2. Duck Songs, Poems & Finger Plays/Child craft and activities

Elephant Appreciation Day

September 22nd every year

  1. Elephant Poems

  2. Songs & Poems/Elephants/ CanTeach

End of the Year Poetry    

  1. End of the Year Poems & Songs

Farm Poetry

  1. Songs & Poems -On the Farm/Can Teach

  2. First Day of School Can Teach

  1. Five Little Fishies

(Original Author Unknown)

Five little fishies swimming in a pool, (Wiggle 5 fingers.)

The first one said, “This pool is cool.” (Wrap arms around body.)

The second one said, “This pool is deep.” (Speak in a deep voice.)

The third one said, “I want to sleep.” (Rest head on hands.)

The fourth one said, “Let’s dive and dip." (Hand dives and dips.)

The fifth one said, “I spy a ship.” (Form eyeglass with hands and peer through it.)

A fisherman's boat comes, (Fingers form V and move away from body.)

The line goes KER-SPLASH, (Pantomime throwing fishing line.)

And away the five little fishies dash. (Wiggle 5 fingers away from body.)


  1. Five Green & Speckled Frogs

  2. Five Green & Speckled FrogsElm.teacher resources

  3. Five Green & Speckled Frogs/Story It

  4. 5 Green& Speckled Frogs/En chanted Learning

           Five Little Witches See Below

Friendship Poems/Can Teach

  1. Funny Poems for Kids UK

G, H, I

  1. Hand Print Poem and More/Activity Library

  1. Halloween Songs and  Verses

  2. Halloween Poems

  3. Halloween Poems

  4. Halloween Poems/and activities

J, K, L

  1. Kite Poems and Songs/PreSchool Ed.

  1. Kittens,Two Little/ed Helper



by Gwyneth Higgins  Age 8

        Oceans are incredibly deep

        Collecting shells is so much fun

        Electric eels really sting

       Atlantic ocean is huge!

       No place like the wild sea

       So many fish in the sea

  1. Ocean animals - songs and rhymes kidsparkz

  1. MaryWore Her Red Dress

  2. “To be a Mouse”

      The Happy, Happy Monkey

The happy, happy monkey

Swings form tree to tree.

He’s swinging near, he’s swinging far

He’s swinging by the sea.

The happy, happy monkey

Hopes to have some fun

Or bunches of bananas

Or lots and lots of sun.

                             Phonics Manipulatives Kit

  1. Ocean Songs and Rhymes Kidsparkz themes

activities and printables

  1. One, Two, Three, Four, Five-Enchanted Learning

  2. Nursery Rhymes and Silly Stuff   Jacksonvill University

P, Q.R

  1. Poetry for Children /Syliva Vardell

  2. Popcorn


  1. Pumpkin Patch/ Mrs. Silverman’s Second Gr. poetry

  2. DLTK’s Pumpkin Poetry

  1. Five Little Pumpkins

  2. Five Little PumpkinsDLTK

  3. Pumpkin poems and songs/Lesson /Teacher Net

I’m a Little Pumpkin

“I’m a little pumpkin fat and round.

Growing in the cornfield on the ground.

I’ll be a jack-o-lantern with 2 big eyes.

Or maybe I’ll be baked into some  pie.”

  1. Songs & Poems About Pumpkins/Can Teach

  2. Rain Poems Collection/Bethany Roberts

  1. Read Along Poetry (English, Spanish, Chinese)


  1. Seasonal Poems/Story I/ Poems to Write

  1. Seeds Tooter 4Kids

  1. Shadow, My by Robert Louis Stevenson

Songs, Poems, and Rhymes about zoo animals for preschool and K/ kidsparkz

  1. Sounds and Hearing Poems/tooter4Kids

  1. Space Poems/Can Teach

Wake Up Spring

Wake up, flower

Wake up, weeds

Wake up, frog eggs,

Wake up, seeds

Wake up, bars

Wake up, bees

Wake up, Spring

Won’t you please

Jean Marzalla

  1. Barking Spiders by Heck

  2. Spiders

  1. St. Patrick’s Day /Can Teach

  2. St. Patrick’s Day Poetry/Little Giraffes Teaching Ideas- scroll down

  3. Story It: Stories to Read - Stories to Write/a collection of classical poems for children to read online  with a selection to print.

  4. Swing, The by Robert Louis Stevenson

  5. Swing, The /You Tube


  1. Sing a Song of  Popcorn:Every Child’s Book of Poems

  1. Theme Poetry by Tooter 4Kids

  2. This Land Is Your LandWoody Guthrie

  1. Train Wheels by All Aboard The Virtual Vine Express

  2. Train Songs and Poems /Child’s Play Family Daycare

  3. Turkey Can Teach


  1. Weather Poems

  2. Weather Unit including weather poems.

  3. Poem: When I Get Stuck on a Word

  1. Wind, The /Robert Louis Stevenson

  2. Wind Poems/Bethany Roberts

  3. Winter poems-  70 poems with suggested tunes to use


Yellow Marshmallow

Deep down in my pocket I reach in and find

A magical something that’s one of a kind.

This thing can turn me into anything yellow-

So please say “Hello!” to my yellow marshmallow.

Hello there, Marshmallow. Don’t you look

Yellow today! Are you ready? Here’s how it works!


Let’s all yell for yellow

YELLOW, yellow

Yellow is for chicken legs

Daffodils and scrambled eggs

Creamy butter and jiggley lemon jello

Let’s all yell for yellow



Train Song

Out in back

railroad track



great trains

freight trains

talk about your late trains

the 509

right on time

straight through to L.A.

whistle blows

there she goes

slicing through the day.

Trains with faces in a row

going places: Buffalo

New York City, Boston, Mass.

slowing ’neath the underpass

engineers with striped hats

head-of-the-line aristocrats

up in front, sitting high,

wave at me as they go by

Southern Route

Sante Fe

Cotton Belt

on their way



going-to-Norh-Platte cars

grain trains

Maine trains

going-through-the-rain  trains

long trains

strong trains

singing-clickety-song trains

cars with lumber

cars with cattle


to Seattle.

Detroit to Chicago

departing at five

whenever we get there

is when we arrive

Midnight special

to Cheyenne

get a sleeper-

if, you can

ALL ABOARD! say good-bye

heart the railroad lullaby

                Diane Siebert

So much you can do with the above poem:

- enjoy the sounds

  1. -good for map study and for visualizing

  2. -choral reading

  3. -ight study

  4. -long a

  5. -ack

  6. -comparison

  7. --etc. etc. etc.

  8. -

  9. Down by the Station-music

  10. Train Songs for Children and Adults

                    Music/ Songs

A, B, C
ABC Sing-Alongs
Ants Go Marching  Bus songs
Bear Song 
Lyric to Alphabet in Motion/Hap Palmre
Children Songs with Music /Great Site /The Teacher’s Guide
Colors You Tube
Color Train Song

Crocodile Song/D LTK
D, E, F
UTube Elephant Song
Elephant Goes Song & Lyrics from KIDiddles
Dinosaur Songs 
Down by the Bay

Dr. Jean’s & Jack Harmann Songs in Power Point/extensive- Patience; it may be a wait
UTubeFive Little Ducks
Five Little Monkeys UTube
Five Little Green Speckled Frogs
G, H, I
UTube Hello! Teaching Tips
UTube  If You Are Happy 
I’m a Little Tea Pot Video UTube 
I’m Han Christian Anderson’s Song U Tube
 It’s Fun To Read Music Hear excerpts of classical music
J, K, L
Kookaburra Song from KIDiddles
Lady with the Alligator Purse
Mama Lisa’s World: Children’s Songs  Rhymes    
 Around the World
"Mojo's Musical  Mouseum"Song of the Week
Music and Dance Resources for K/ I4C
Music and Rhyme Station Jean Warren              

Over in the Meadow
P, Q.R
Pumpkin Literacy Activities/songs and poems/Little Giraffes Teaching Ideas
UTube Rain, Rain, Go Away
Raffi Lyrics- 148
Reading Rainbow-Old School Theme - You Tube
UTube Rhino Song
A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea Fun Clapping
Seasonal Poems for Children/Can Teach Songs &  Poems
Sing, Sing a Song
Songs Inspired by Classical Children’s Literature Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes & Poetry/Songs for Teaching
Song Sheets: Train, Farm, Down by the Station
U Tube The Tucan Song
UTube Tale of Sun and Moon
Train Songs for Children and Adults
Wheels on the  Bus/ DLTK
U TubeWheels on the Bus 

Willoughby Wallaby Woo
Winter Songs
Walter the WaltzingWorm U Tube
Zoo Poems, Songs and Finger Plays/Vegetable Souphttp://www.mrsjonesroom.com/songs/alphlist.html#alphhttp://bussongs.com/songs/the-ants-go-marching.phphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMzmSnQjEdYhttp://www.songsforteaching.com/happalmer/alphabetinmotion.htmhttp://www.theteachersguide.com/ChildrensSongs.htmhttp://www.theteachersguide.com/ChildrensSongs.htmhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCrrN857J6s&feature=relatedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3S1FwlbN-4http://www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/crocodile/mlyrics2.htmhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yihq8BIhL9c&feature=relatedhttp://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/e005.htmlhttp://www.songsforteaching.com/dinosaursongs.htmhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqiudgefoWohttp://www.kellyskindergarten.com/PowerPoints/powerpoints.htmhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLUV74hxa34&NR=1http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhODBFQ2-bQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqw08s0q8p8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I9gz-5_h60&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrsM9WggCdo&NR=1http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b14OeT1gNFohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJzwC_8f6nAhttp://www.mamalisa.com/world/http://www.mamalisa.com/world/http://www.starfall.com/n/level-b/music/load.htm?fhttp://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/k003.htmlhttp://www.smart-central.com/alligatorpurse.htmhttp://www.mamalisa.com/?p=88&t=ec&c=23http://www.mamalisa.com/?p=88&t=ec&c=23http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/index.htmlhttp://www.internet4classrooms.com/kplus_music-dance.htmhttp://www.preschoolexpress.com/music_station.shtmlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6ljGXMMB-ghttp://littlegiraffes.com/teaching-ideas/319/pumpkins-literacy-activities-lessons/http://littlegiraffes.com/teaching-ideas/319/pumpkins-literacy-activities-lessons/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3v0rJqyCTM&NR=1http://www.songlyrics.com/raffi-lyrics/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p8ZnJ7x-6Yhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOvIot-i6rY&feature=channelhttp://funclapping.com/song-list/a-sailor-went-to-sea/http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems.htmlhttp://www.elyrics.net/read/c/carpenters-lyrics/sing-a-song-lyrics.htmlhttp://www.songsforteaching.com/fairytales/http://www.songsforteaching.com/fairytales/http://www.weesing.com/songSheets/Train.pdfhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKkG8Xbb8Fc&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoWFJ690U6E&feature=channelhttp://www.songsforteaching.com/trainsongs/http://www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/bus/mlyrics.htmhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdqk6SMfIvA&sns=emhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciUDpTtCnUUhttp://www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/misc/winter/songs/5/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI6cp8XOyCYhttp://www.alphabet-soup.net/dir7/zoosong.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz05diaKZmk&feature=fvwrelshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2shapeimage_2_link_3shapeimage_2_link_4shapeimage_2_link_5shapeimage_2_link_6shapeimage_2_link_7shapeimage_2_link_8shapeimage_2_link_9shapeimage_2_link_10shapeimage_2_link_11shapeimage_2_link_12shapeimage_2_link_13shapeimage_2_link_14shapeimage_2_link_15shapeimage_2_link_16shapeimage_2_link_17shapeimage_2_link_18shapeimage_2_link_19shapeimage_2_link_20shapeimage_2_link_21shapeimage_2_link_22shapeimage_2_link_23shapeimage_2_link_24shapeimage_2_link_25shapeimage_2_link_26shapeimage_2_link_27shapeimage_2_link_28shapeimage_2_link_29shapeimage_2_link_30shapeimage_2_link_31shapeimage_2_link_32shapeimage_2_link_33shapeimage_2_link_34shapeimage_2_link_35shapeimage_2_link_36shapeimage_2_link_37shapeimage_2_link_38shapeimage_2_link_39shapeimage_2_link_40shapeimage_2_link_41shapeimage_2_link_42shapeimage_2_link_43shapeimage_2_link_44shapeimage_2_link_45shapeimage_2_link_46shapeimage_2_link_47shapeimage_2_link_48shapeimage_2_link_49shapeimage_2_link_50shapeimage_2_link_51shapeimage_2_link_52
Poetry Sites  
Laugh-A-Lot Poetry by Darren Sardelli 2017
This Little Cow/KIDiddle
Daily Poetry 
Fizzy Funny Fuzzy : Fun Poetry for Kids
Arthur Games Fern’s Poetry Club PBS Kids

12 Poetry Web Sites for Kids
Poet’s Page/ Kid’s Corner /Sunnie Bunnie : Kids, Seasonal, Geography , As Is, To Edler& Middies, to Spiritual, to Poetry Activities, All Inclusive Great Graphics  Super!
Pocket Full of Rhymes over 100 Angel Fire
Enchanted Learning (Children love “The Lady & the Crocodile” and “Lady with the Alligator Purse.” Both have been put to music. It is on the Enchanted Learning site.) Every title under the sun along with Rebus Format
Don’t Miss

 Poetry 4 Kids by Ken Nesbitt Besides funny poems  &  there are fun activities/commercialized
Grandpa Tucker’s PoetryDon’t Miss Grandpa Tucker and his funny poems, cool stories, hilarious graphics and his song/melody dept. His site has been truck’n for a looooong time. 
Poetry in Nature/Nature Poems

Can Teach: Songs & Poems Zillions of poems clustered and outlined very well-easy to tap into.  Some have song titles attached.
Poetry Starfall Poems are illustrated; Children have a choice of reading it independently or with oral support.
Robert Munsch’s Poems

Shel Silverstein /Everything On It Numerous classroom activities
Poems for  Children Classics/Stories to Read & Stories to Write; Children’s Poems On-line- Children’s Poems to Print; Shapes to Write On.
Printable Poetry for Kids/ Poems, Rhymes, Recitals   / 4kids  
 Poetry for Children 2013Blast From the Past  The Children’s Poet Laureatehttps://www.academicentertainment.com/index.php/laughalotpoetryhttp://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/t059.htmlhttp://books.google.com/books?isbn=1596473010https://fizzyfunnyfuzzy.comhttp://grownups.pbskids.org/arthur/games/poetry/index.htmlhttp://www.squidoo.com/k12interactivepoetryhttp://sunniebunniezz.com/poetry/poetpage.htmhttp://www.angelfire.com/md/byme/pocket/poetry1.htmlhttp://www.enchantedlearning.com/Rhymes.htmlhttp://www.poetry4kids.com/index.phphttp://www.angelfire.com/ca2/ivy02/page10.htmlhttp://www.poetryinnature.com/http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems.htmlhttp://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems.htmlhttp://myschoolonline.com/folder/0,1872,24742-146190-27-3022,00.htmlhttp://www.starfall.com/n/level-b/poetry/load.htm?fhttp://robertmunsch.comhttp://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/Feature/pdf/everythingonit_shelsilverstein.pdfhttp://www.storyit.com/Classics/JustPoems/classicpoems.htmhttp://www.apples4theteacher.com/poetry.htmlhttp://www.apples4theteacher.com/poetry.htmlhttp://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/2013_04_01_archive.htmlhttp://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/karla_home.htmshapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1shapeimage_3_link_2shapeimage_3_link_3shapeimage_3_link_4shapeimage_3_link_5shapeimage_3_link_6shapeimage_3_link_7shapeimage_3_link_8shapeimage_3_link_9shapeimage_3_link_10shapeimage_3_link_11shapeimage_3_link_12shapeimage_3_link_13shapeimage_3_link_14shapeimage_3_link_15shapeimage_3_link_16shapeimage_3_link_17shapeimage_3_link_18shapeimage_3_link_19shapeimage_3_link_20shapeimage_3_link_21

Using Poetry to Teach Reading, Confidence and Fluency

  A Poem A Week

  1. 1. Question what they think the poem will be about.

  2. 2.Read silently, ask if they predicted correctly, list key concepts, discuss meaning of difficult and new conceptual words

  3. 3. Discuss the rhythm: rhyme, repetition of vowels, alliteration, and rhyming words.

  4. 4.Read the poem a second and third time

  5. 5.Write down what they heard.

  6. 6.Choral reading assigning parts to various students/sub groups.

  7. 7.Pair students off  to read while teacher circulates.

  8. 8.Read their favorite part, line etc. Use the poem to teach a phonetic element, part of speech etc.

  9. 9.Take poem home and read to their parents.

by Brian P. Cleary

Read Along Rhymes with Inkless Tales:

  1. Hey Diddle Diddle                        

  2. Lady Bug Lady Bug

  3. If A Sheep Can’t Sleep

  4. Beatrice Bee

  5. Fanny Doodle

  6. Moogie the Messy Beastie

  7. Barnyard Babies

  1. Choral Reading Poetry


Change words in well known rhymes:

1, 2 muddy goo

3, 4 squeeze it more

5, 6  squishy mix

7, 8 on a plate

9, 10 mud pies again!

Dr. Foster

Dr. Foster went to Gloucester

In a  shower of rain

He stepped in a puddle

Right up to his middle

And never went there again.

Morning Chorus
Zheljko Stanimirovic

Twittering, warbling and chirping, and more,
Croaking and laughter, and that is not all,
All kinds of voices that in birds are known
They give out in chorus, just before the dawn.

The morning chorus rings through the wood
And the suburban neighborhood,
The meadows, the marshes, the trees facing lawn
Vibrate with music just before the dawn.

Twittering, warbling and chirping, and more,
Croaking and laughter, and that is not all,
All kinds of voices that in birds are known
They give out in chorus, just before the dawn.

Some sing from places where no one can hear,
From boulders in stream beds -- you have to be near.
From city buildings sing those who don’t fear
Or from the bushes of prickly pear.

Twittering, warbling and chirping, and more,
Croaking and laughter, and that is not all,
All kinds of voices that in birds are known
They give out in chorus, just before the dawn.

    When Grandma Morin’s children were little she had a Nursery School for them and others at her home. She used to play songs on the piano to accompany their dancing.

    Years later she taught remedial reading and used her musical talent to teach her students many things including the importance of practicing and perseverance.

Ahhh! I discovered where the sneakers go at night!

I snapped this as I was passing a shoe store  in NY City; she was posing live in front of the store.

     Songs for Language Arts
Music helps children remember words, develop fluency, and give incentive to perform which in turn helps them grasp the meaning of a story.  It helps develop auditory discrimination-  phonemic awareness. 
Letter poems/songs on charts and post around the room for children to read independently. 
Promoting Literacy Through Music

Music Room by Suzy Red & Ted Newman Language Arts Songs/”singing the curriculum
Songs for Teaching-  using music to promote learning: Math, lang. arts, science, social studies, fine arts, special ed., musical plays.... 
Babbel: Practice French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Polish, Indonesian, Noregian, Danish, Russian,  Turkish, English 
Reading Comprehension Strategy Song
 by Phil Tulga “1. A gathering of students during the day for an interactive program on reading comprehension; includes African drums, rhythms, and storytelling, entertaining sound effects, TV show games, and one box of animal crackers.

Children’s Music Lounge- all your favorites
Books With Rhyme, Alliteration, and Other Word Play Nancy Schimmel and Fran Avni

Green is the grass

And the leaves of trees

Green is the smell

Of a country breeze.

Green is lettuce

And sometimes the sea.

When green is the feeling

You pronounce it N_V

from Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary’ONeil. Copyright 1961


What is poetry?  Who knows?
Not a rose, but the scent of a rose;
Not the sky, but the light in the sky,
Not a fly, but the gleam of the fly;
Not the sea, but the sound of the sea;
Not myself, but what makes me 
see, hear, and feel something that prose 
Cannot: and what it is, who knows?
                                             Eleanor Farjeon

A little garden flower

Is lying in its bed.

A warm Spring sun

Is shining overhead.

Down came the raindrops

Dancing to and fro -

The little flower wakens

And then begins to grow.

~ Traditional


If little mice had birthdays

    (and I suppose they do.)

And have a family party

    (with guests invited too)

And have a cake with candles

    (It would be rather small.)

I bet a birthday  CHEESE cake

   (would please them most of all.)

            Hickory Dickory Dock


The rat skipped up the wall ...

The gerbil climbed up the cupboard...

The hamster pumped on the chair...

The kitten crept up the stairs...

Use the children’s names:

Hickory Dickory Dock

Matias ran up the clock.

The clock struck one.

Matias ran down.

Hickory Dickory Dock

In all nursery rhymes substitute a child’s name for one of the characters.


Use the above to teach sequence, as an attention getter  change words to reinforce a concept....

  1. Seeds Tooter 4Kids

Soooo much can be taught in a delightful way with finger plays and hand puppets -in lieu of direct teaching. Give it a try!

  1. How to Make Finger Puppets for Kids - YouTube

  2. How to Make Finger Puppets: 12 Steps (with pictures)


Benefits of Teaching Music  in Early Childhood

Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas....”

Singing will help develop keen auditory discrimination

  1. Neuroscientists identify a link between musical training and executive function.

Three Brain Benefits of Musical Training:

  1. 1Musicians have an enhanced ability to integrate sensory information from hearing, touch, and sight.

  2. 2Beginning training before the age of seven has been shown to have the greatest impact. The age at which musical training begins affects brain anatomy as an adult.

  3. 3Brain circuits involved in musical improvisation are shaped by systematic training, leading to less reliance on working memory and more extensive connectivity within the brain.

  4. Playing a Musical Instrument Makes You Smarter

“Tell Me a Story” Finger Plays King County Lib. System Don’t Miss
Mixing the Ingredients for Storytime Fun! /Recipe for Reading 4/27/12https://kcls.org/content-category/finger_plays/http://thestorytimelady.wordpress.com/http://thestorytimelady.wordpress.com/http://livepage.apple.com/shapeimage_7_link_0shapeimage_7_link_1shapeimage_7_link_2

Master List:

  1. Storytime Katie

  2. KIds Songs: Complete List  KIDiddles

  3. 150 Nursery Rhymes & Children Songs- Muffin Songs-YouTube

  4. Songs for Teaching - using music to promote learning

  5. Tell Me a Story , King County Lib. System 1756 poems & songs; each poems and songs are accompanied with videos and story tellers.

  6. Josie’s Poem Don’t Miss “...my poetry website which is the largest poetry website in the world containing 99% of my poems.  (JOSIE'S POEMS)  There is only about one third of my poems on there and in my books for I’ve written about 900 new poems in the last five years, and four yesterday and today...” 12/3/11

Working with Poetry

ideas from Daily Poetry  by Carol Simpson

Mon. : Introduce the poem, read it at least twice , and let the class join in when they are ready to read it with you.

- Discuss the poem’s story. 

- Read related poems and a related trade book.

  1. -Brainstorm a list of related ideas on the poem’s main subject.

Tue.:,Reread the poem and listen for and mark the rhyming words. Find and mark words with specific  phonetic elements

  1. -Select a word from the poem that has a common word family e.g. -ack and list as many words as you can with that pattern/family.

  2. -Share another trade book if there is time.


  1. -Grammar Study- find all the words with a specific aspect of grammar being studied: verbs, adj. adverbs., contractions etc.

  2. -Share another trade book

  3. -Writing activity

Thurs.: Choral reading

  1. -List concepts embedded in the poem

  2. -Read other related poems and another trade book

Fri.: Read the poem one more time and display the poem. Reread some favorites of the past.

Bill Matin’s I See A Song encourages us to feel the rhythm in his books. Children read, write, draw, and sing as they interact with their world. Books that have repetitive and /or additive texts enable the teacher to reinforce the concepts of sequence, refrain, and tone color. Students can chant recurring refrains, add sound effects with instruments, and even dramatize these stories. (Jacobi-Karna Rdg.Teacher 11/’95)

Music and reading go together. Singing fosters a love of reading. Repeat the singing of a song until they know the melody and the words. Introduce the song-picture book. Choral reading also helps connect the song to print.

Letter the lyrics on chart paper for shared reading. At the emergent level, point to each word with a pointer as it is sung. Find words that rhyme, are repeated, etc.

Using word cards, have the children match the card to specific words on the chart etc.

Using sentence strips, have the children place them in order.

Prior to Common Core Learning Extended into many areas.

Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm

to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful, 

of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form – Plato

   by Luca  third grade

Our Outstanding Poet

of the Past

Sing a Song of People,

Lois Lenski                                       

Sing a song of people

Walking fast or slow;

People in the city,

Up and down they go.

People on the sidewalk,

People on the bus;

People passing, passing,

In back and front of us.

People on the subway

Underneath the ground;

People riding taxis

Round and round and round.

People with their hats on,

Going in the doors;

People with umbrellas

When it rains and pours.

People in tall buildings

And in stores below;

Riding elevators

Up and down they go.

People walking singly,

People in a crowd;

People saying nothing,

People talking loud.

People laughing, smiling,

Grumpy people too;

People who just hurry

And never look at you!

Sing a song of people

Who like to come and go;

Sing of city people

You see but never know!

    1. 1Seashell, James Berry

    2. 2Sing a Song of People, Lois Lenski

    3. 3Skyscrapers, Rachel Lyman Field

    4. 4Smells, Kathtryn Worth

    5. 5Smells, Marta Lopez

    6. 6Solution, Leland B. Jacobs

    7. 7Spring Is, Bobbi Katz

    8. 8Spring, Karla Kuskin

    9. 9Sunrise, Frank Asch

    10. 10Sunset, Lillian Moore

    11. 11Tent, Deborah Chandra

    12. 12The Crocus, Walter Crane

    13. 13The More It Snows, A.A. Milne

    14. 14The Night Is a Big Black Cat, G. Orr Clark

    15. 15The Storm, Dorothy Aldis

    16. 16The Tickle Rhyme, Ian Serraillier

    17. 17The Tiniest Sound, Mel Evans

    18. 18The Toaster, William Jay Smith

    19. 19The Wind, James Reeves

    20. 20Things to Do If You Are a Subway,Bobbi Katz

    21. 21Things, Eloise Greenfield

    22. 22Tiger, Valerie Worth

    23. 23Toaster Time, Eve Merriam

    24. 24Trees, Sara Coleridge

    25. 25Welcome…

    26. 26White Cat Winter, Tony Johnston

    27. 27Zebra, Judith Thurman

    28. 28** Welcome **

    29. 1st Grade Poems

    30. 2nd Grade Poems


    1. 1A Circle of Sun, Rebecca Kai Dotlich

    2. 2All We Need, Steve Turner

    3. 3April Rain Song, Langston Hughes

    4. 4Brooms, Dorothy Aldis

    5. 5Building a Skyscraper, James S. Tippett

    6. 6Can I, Can I Catch the Wind?, Pat Mora

    7. 7Cats, Eleanor Farjeon

    8. 8Crickets, Valerie Worth

    9. 9Dust of Snow, Robert Frost

    10. 10First Snow, Marie Louise Allen

    11. 11Flowers At Night, Aileen Fisher

    12. 12Fog, Carl Sandberg

    13. 13Giraffes, Mary Ann Hoberman

    14. 14How to Get There, Bonnie Nims

    15. 15I Speak, I Say, I Talk, Arnold L. Shapiro

    16. 16Lazy Jane, Shel Silverstein

    17. 17Lessie, Eloise Greenfield

    18. 18Mice, Rose Fyleman

    19. 19Mix a Pancake, Christina Rossetti

    20. 20My Tooth Ith Looth, George Ulrich

    21. 21Rain Sound, Lillian Morrison

    22. 22Rhyme, Elizabeth Coatsworth

    23. 23Riding on the Train, Eloise Greenfield

    24. 24River Winding, Charlotte Zolotow

    25. 25Rope Rhyme, Eloise Greenfield

Repeated  Reading of Poetry

Reading along with a Read-Along CD or tape until the reader can read the story fluently is one way to develop confidence and in turn fluency.  Repeating  a passage 50 to 150 words in length for 15 min. a day, helps develop confidence and improve fluency especially with second graders.

Varying the rereading, a poem is an effective and more enjoyable way of developing fluency. Instead of drilling sight words or the alphabet, reinforce vocabulary with a poem that has the new voc. word. Children don’t tire of reciting poetry over and over; the poem will help them remember their new voc.

Sherri Faver suggests  5-10 min. a day for rereading a poem!  Read it with the entire group first and then break up into small groups. Assign new partners and every month or so. The first day introduce the poem and discuss it. Each morning for the next four days, practice reading with the whole group and then break up and circle the room. Students take the poem home and practice. Once a student feel secure enough the student reads it for the entire class but only once for each poem so that everyone has the opportunity of reading the poem to the class.( Ideas for repeated reading of poetry were attained from Sherri Faver.)

There  is so much you can do with a short poem. All reading skill can be taught via a poem. Besides the usual such as discussing theme and choral reading,  high light with a marker new voc. Highlight rhyming words - just one pattern a day.  Cut the poem apart and reassemble....

  1. Five Poetry Teaching Tips for New Teachers/Edutopia

  2. Introducing and Reading Poetry with English Language Learners/colorin colorado!

Nursery Rhymes

  1. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes Zelo.com

  1. DLTK click on Children’s Songs, Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes - hear the songs sung.

  1. Nursery Rhymes and Silly Stuff /Smart Sentinal Super Site

  2. Little Girl Skipping RhymesClapping Songs,All Inclusive Nursery Rhymes

Kinesthetic application: draw a picture of each rhyming word in the story, laminate, and back with a piece of magnet. Let the children find words that rhyme and place them on a magnetic board

  1. Nursery Rhymes at The Virtual Vine

Constructed by Mary DeFalcohttp://www.primarysuccess.ca/freepdf/Halloween_Poems.pdf

Taken while driving along the Belt Parkway on LI.

           Five Little Witches

Five  little witches flew through the air

Looking for children they could scare.

(Move 5 fingers with finger puppets as if flying.)

This little witch peeked under a hat,

                                     (Shake thumb.)

But she flew away when out popped a bat.

                                  (Fold thumb down)

This little witch looked behind a post ,

                                    (Shake index finger.)

But she flew away when up soared a ghost

                                   (Fold ring finger down.)

This little witch found haunted homes,

                                    (Shake middle finger.)

But she flew away ‘cause of rattle bones.

                                      (Fold middle finger down, shake body.)

This little with stirred up her brew,

                ( Shake  ring finger, make stirring motion with other hand.)

But she flew away when an owl said, “WHOO!”

                                        (fold ring finger down.)

This little which looked in a tree,

                                        ( Shake pinkie.)

But she flew away when she saw me.

                       (Fold pinkie down , say me loudly and jump forward.)

So the five little witches flew out of sight,

                        (Raise hand and move fingers as if flying away.)

But they’re sure to come back on Halloween night!


1. Teach the poem to the children. Pause at t he end of every other line to let them say the rhyming words as you read the poem.

  1. 2.Reproduce the finger puppet heads, making enough copies for each child to have a set of five. Let the children cut out the heads and paste them to construction paper. Then have them color the heads and draw bodies to go with them. They can add other creatures form the poem to their pictures, such as a ghost, a skeleton, an owl, etc.

  2. 3.Finger Puppets: cut 2” x 3” rectangles from black construction paper. ( Another witch poem below)


Up Dated 6/ 14/19

The Farm Octopus Lesson Plan by Scholastic

The Unknown

by Donald Rumsfeld
As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.

Dronald Graves  urged the use of poetry throughout the curriculum. He stressed the idea that poetry is for thinking and feeling.

  1. Poetry Notebooks/Shared Reading

Third Grade

Tip: Walt Whitman says that, “Life is a poem.” He says that people are constantly writing poems in our  diaries. They write of kindness, sharing,  caring, and laughter.  People help transform our lives into a poem of “joys.” Whitman admonishes us to be thankful for our blessings. “Dance, clap hands, shout, skip, and leap for joy” for the “Poem of Joys.”  

    Poetry is the creative use of  rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, coined words, and juxtaposition of colorful, descriptive words and phrases of emotions, feelings, experiences be they sad, painful, exciting or jubilant, create poems: pictures,  emotions, and  sounds with words.

     Poets don’t create reality but help us see reality. Adults have been trained not to see; poets cause us to see.  Poets cause us to see things in a new light.  Everybody has the poet with in them. We must cultivate the poetics of life.

    In summarizing a story in poetic form is expressing what the story meant to the reader, what was important, what delighted them.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Meaning of a story is in the mind of the reader- the essence of a poem.


Luca Third Grade

Luca Third Grade