Phonics and Poetry Connect

Poems for the oo as in moon sound: u-e, ui, ou, u,ue

Over in the Meadow,

Where the stream runs blue

Lived an old mother fish

And her little fishes two

"Swim!" said the mother;

"We swim!" said the two,

So they swam and they leaped

Where the stream runs blue


Author: Helen Moore

Sand in my swimsuit,

Sand in my hair.

When I go to the beach,

sand gets everywhere!

I wonder, I wonder

Oh how can there be,

Sand left at the beach

When there's so much on me?

Wiggley Tooth

Author: Unknown

One day I had a wiggley tooth

that wouldn't do it's work.

So I tied it to a doorknob

And I pulled it with a jerk!

But since that tooth is missing,

to tell the honest truth,

My mouth feels mighty lonesome

without that wiggley tooth.

First tooth

Author: Jackie

I've been chewing, drooling, biting,

Helping my tooth along.

But now it's here

And everyone cheers,

Cause my toothless grin is gone!


Author: ADINE CATHEY    ue, oo, ou,




Five Little Speckled Frogs

Five little speckled frogs,

Sitting on a speckled log,

Eating the most delicious bugs,

Yum, yum.

One jumped into the pool,

Where it was nice and cool,

Then there were four little speckled frogs.

One little speckled frog sitting,

Sitting on a speckled log,

Eating the most delicious bugs,

Yum, yum.

He jumped into the pool,

Where it was nice and cool,

There there were no little speckled frogs.

Twas the Night Before School Started

Author: unknown

Twas the night before school started

when all through the town

the parents were cheering

it was a riotous sound.

By eight the kids were washed

and tucked into bed

when memories of homework

filled them with dread.

New pencils, new folders, new notebooks too,

new teachers, new friends, the anxiety grew.

The parents just giggled when they heard of this fright

and shouted upstairs-GO TO BED-IT'S A SCHOOL NIGHT!

'My Teacher Ate My Homework

Author: Kenn Nesbitt   ue/ew  

(Two differnt sites)

'My Teacher Ate My Homework

Author: Kenn Nesbitt


Long e


Here is the beehive. Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody
Soon they will come,
creeping out from the hive;
One, two ,
three, four, five.

Five Busy Bees

Five busy bees on a lovely spring day.
(hold up fingers)
This one said, "Let's fly away.'
(indicate each bee in turn)
This one said "We'll drink some nectar
This one said, "Let's get pollen on our
This one said "And then we'll make some
This one said "Good thing it's warm and sunny."
So the five busy
bees went flying along
(fly hand around while wiggling fingers)
Singing a happy
honeybee song.
(Fly your hand behind your back)

Long e and i

Spider Webs

The spider weaves a sticky web
To capture bugs to
keeps the spider's sticky web
sticking to her feet?

Spider webs are very tricky
Because not all the strands are
Unlike the
passing hapless fly,
The spider knows
which strands are dry.

But if she accidentally stands
Upon one of the
sticky strands,
She still would not get stuck, you see--
Her oily body slides off

Amy Goldman Koss

Long a and e

The Whale

The whale is swimming out to sea,
Out to
sea, out to sea,
whale is swimming out to sea
Early in the morning.

The whale is diving far below,
Far below, far below,
whale is diving far below,
Early in the morning.

The whale is coming up for air,
Up for
air, up for air,
whale is coming up for air,
Early in the morning.


Raindrops are such funny things.
They haven't
feet or haven't wings.
Yet they
sail throughout he air
With the greatest o
f ease,
And dance on the
Wherever they

Weather Song
(to the tune of "Bingo")

There was a time when it was hot
And sunny was the weather.
Sun, sun, all around,
Sun, sun, all around,
Sun, sun, all around,
And sunny was the weather.

There was a time when it was wet
And rainy was the weather.                                                                                           
Rain, rain, all around,
Rain, rain, all around,
Rain, rain, all around,

And rainy was the weather.

replace with appropriate weather words
There was a time with it was cold/(freezing)
And freezing was the weather....

Now That I Can Read

I used to need somebody
To sit and read to me.
I'd look at every page they read
And listen carefully.

But now that I am in first grade,
I'm filling up a shelf
With stories, poems, and other books
That I can read myself.

Long o and i

Mr. Alligator

Five little monkeys swinging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Alligator, "Hey, you can't catch me."
But along came Mr. Alligator
quiet as can be
He snapped a monkey
right out of that tree!
(Next verses: 4 little monkeys, 3 little.......,2, 1...)

The last verse for 0:
No little monkeys swinging in a tree
'Cause Mr. Alligator caught them all, you see.
alone is Mr. Alligator, quiet as can be
With only the wind
blowing that tree.
(Blow like the wind)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Long o

Elephant Poems

An elephant goes like this and that,
He's terribly
And he's terribly fat;
He has
no fingers,
And has
no toes,
But goodness gracious,
What a
long nose!

                                    Alley Cats

One orange alley cat wondering what to do

Along came another cat, And now there are two

Two little alley cats scamper up a tree

Along came another cat, And now there are three

Three little alley cats, Running through the door

Look here comes another cat! And now there are four

Four little alley cats, Playing in our drive

Out pounces another cat, And now there are five

Five little alley cats, Hear a scary sound

Oh no it’s a dog!

Run, cats, run so we can’t be found!


 Endings: dropping e; ing endings

                    Cat and Mice

The old gray cat is sleeping, sleeping, sleeping,

The old gray cat is sleeping in the house

The little mice are dancing, dancing, dancing (children dance)

The little mice are dancing in the house

The little mice are nibbling, nibbling, nibbling (children nibble)

The little mice are nibbling in the house

The little mice are resting, resting, resting (children rest their heads on hands)

The little mice are resting in the house

The old gray cat comes creeping, creeping, creeping (cat begins to creep)

The old gray cat comes creeping in the house

The little mice go scampering, scampering, scampering (children run in place)

The little mice go scampering in the house (cat can surprise Maisy and meow!)

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
tasty could be,
And early next summer,
It grew into a

The tree was all covered
beautiful moss,
It grew lovely
All covered with sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your
And don't ever

Long e, au

Long a, e, i, o, u


"The Pesky Fly"

I once saw a fly in full flight,

It really was quite an odd sight.

It looped up and down

All over the ground.

Not catch it, could I, as I'd liked!

It dived me from up near the light,

Trying to give me a fright.

It just missed my nose

Then skirted my toes.

It seemed like it wanted a fight!

I finished my food in one bite,

The fly I just kept in my sight.

I opened the door,

Hoping he'd soar,

Off into the darkness of night.

But the fly, he just stayed at my height,

Buzzing around like a kite.

So I ran outside,

The fly also tried,

And behind him I closed the door tight.

So here we are both in the bright

Lamp that's outside shining white.

And then in a flash,

I knew in my dash,

I'd forgotten my key, that's not right!

©2002 Gareth Lancaster

Growth  (ow as in owl)

A little garden flower

Is lying in its bed.

A warm spring sun

Is shining overhead.

Down come the raindrops

Dancing to and fro.

The little flower awakens

And starts to grow.

5 Little Instruments


5 Little Instruments were having lots of fun.

Making silly noises and playing one by one.

First we heard the saxophone with a melody so sweet.

The music that the sax played nearly knocked me off my feet.


When the sax was finished he headed for the door leaving four little instruments having lots of fun.

Making silly noises and playing one by one.

Then we heard the trumpet make a sound so clear and true.

Toot-Toot-Biddily Boo-Whoop-Whoop-De Do-


When that trumpet had finished he twirled round like a bee leaving three little instruments having lots of fun.

Making silly noises and playing one by one.

Next came the drums with a thundering, pounding, roar.

The sounds that came from that drum set my feet dancing once more.

Bop-Bop- a-whee-Bop-Bop bop e do-


The drum played and played until there were just two.

Two little instruments are having lots of fun.

Making silly noises and playing one by one.

Suddenly the tambourine chimed in to play the song.

The people started clapping and tapping right along.

That tambourine played all night long until we saw the sun.


Be bop- a doobie wop- cha cha now there’s one.

One little instrument having lots of fun

He adds the final Be-bop and now the song is done.

Dropping the final e
The penguins' habitat is freezing -
You'll like it there
If you don't mind sneezing,
(I, myself, don't find it pleasing.)

In January
it's so nice
while slipping
on the sliding ice
to sip hot chicken soup
with rice.
Sipping once
sipping twice
sipping chicken soup
with rice.

“Caterpillar”     aw/ou/oo

                                                            compound words

    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 crawled into your closet

Shutting out the streamers of sun

And dressed your self 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

Chorus   Just like a caterpillar

Author unknown

Poetry & Phonics


A fun way of teaching phonics is through poetry.

  1. BulletTeaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry- By Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz

Reading skills are taught simultaneously: story structure, phonics, and vocabulary.  Repeated readings support fluency, and auditory discrimination. Above all, poetry reading develops confidence because the reader is supported by repetition, rhythm, rhyme, and brevity.

Place poems on charts and some run off as hand outs. Vary your approach. If you letter the poem on a chart, highlight the phonetic element you are working with. Isolate the words and have them listen to the words that are high lighted. What do they have in common? Practice pronouncing the words with the specific sound.

Reverse the procedure; run off copies of the poem and have the children find words with a specific phonetic element and high-light the words. If you are going to use the poem to review a different phonetic element,  have children use a different highlighter. For headache prevention, I purchase the highlighters.

Flash the poem onto the white board. With the computer/projector, highlight words as the students discover them.  Make the marks on the white board, not on the transparency. It wipes off more easily.

Rereading poems is a good reinforcement and more enjoyable than drilling of isolated words.

  1. Tell Me a Story King County Library System 1756 poems and songs  accompanied with videos and story tellers

  2. Children’s Song Lyrics /KIDiddles
    The long wait is worth your time. Use the poems and jingles on this site to teach phonic elements. Then teach them the melody. Connecting the song to  phonic element may become the crutch some need.
  3. Songs from The Teacher’s Guide

  4. Songs, Poems and Rhymes/Kidsparkz - take their structure and change the words to your needs.

  5. Sound of the Week Lesson for/ee/ by Katrina Lybbert


UTube Wh Song

Long e/a

Burlett teaches in the School of Cognition, Language, and special Education at Griffith University in Nathan,      Queensland, Australia

Long o and i

Long o and short i

long i, -er,- ou

ow , ou,    

long e,   short i,   ow (long o), ng

Vowel Diagraphs: ee, ea, ai

ou /ow have numerous sounds

The most common is the “pinching

vowel sound: “ou” as in ouch

Long  a/e/i

OW as in Snow Ten Little  Snowmen (phonics in the beginning ending with a song.)

Taken while driving along the Belt Parkway on LI.