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In my classroom, we work with several poems each month during Shared Reading. The first two weeks of the month we spend learning the poems and practicing reading them. The last two weeks of the mo nth we’d add one poem per day to our Poetry Notebooks. Adding a poem means we glue a copy of the poem into a clean page of our notebook, illustrate the poem and work with the text (sight words, word families, punctuation, etc). We also read the poems of the month the last two weeks as well, just at a quicker pace. Poetry notebooks are stored in a book bin near the writing area, allowing children to always access their notebook during literacy station time for further reading or writing.

Monthly Poems September
∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ Ittsy Bittsy Spider Twinkle, Twinkle September Calendar Poem September Calendar Song ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗

Little Miss Muffet Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater October Calendar Poem October Calendar Song ∗ ∗ ∗

Three Billy Goats Gruff November Calendar Poem November Calendar Song

∗ ∗ ∗ The Gingerbread Man December Calendar Poem December Calendar Song ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗

Sledding Three Little Kittens January Calendar Poem January Calendar Song ∗ ∗ ∗

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears February Calendar Poem February Calendar Song

∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ Astronaut Hey Diddle Diddle Humpty Dumpty March Calendar Poem March Calendar Song ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗

The Little Red Hen Little Bo Peep Mary Had a Little Lamb Henny Penny April Calendar Poem April Calendar Song ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗

Jack and Jill The Muffin Man May Calendar Poem May Calendar Song