So I went to my trusty book- When Readers Struggle and found just what I was needing! An apple poem- the perfect time of year for this poem. I can insert the student's names so we can work on name recognition. And I can use the poem for syllable clapping and rhyming along with other activities!
I wrote the poem on chart paper and laminated it. Then we read it and added actions to it. Students also got to choose names to plug into the poem. Since it was laminated, students could come to the poem and circle letters that they knew. Some were only able to circle letters they knew from their names. But that is okay, it is a start!
When we have spent a bit more time on this poem, they will be ready for the pocket chart. Students can rebuild the poem using the sentence strips. But we won't be ready for that for a while. Classrooms will be ready for that activity a lot sooner! And some will be ready to cut the sentence strips into individual words to rebuild the poem that way.
Towards the end of the week, students will get this poem chartlet to glue into their Reader's Notebook. Then they can highlight known letters. Students in the classroom could also highlight known words if they were ready for that. A good way for differentiation. They can also color the apples.
Here is a poem based on the apple poem. Click the picture above to download it if it is something you could use. I am linking up with Barbara over at Grade Onederful and her poem party! Barbara would love for you to come visit her and for you link up too!