Phonics Through Poetry - Activity Book

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Carefully prepared lessons use the rhythm and rhyme of poetry to teach phonics.  Contains more than 100 read-aloud poems — some by well-known children’s authors, others written specifically for this series — that immerse children in zesty poems to focus attention on selected language sounds.  A well-considered teaching apparatus accompanies each poem: word lists using the targeted sound, a "focusing talk" to cement and extend students’ connection to the poem, and an idea for a hands-on activity.  Photocopy masters supply "letter cards" for sounds the book targets.  Multiple indexes (by a poem’s first line, by title, by sound, and so on) aid ease of use.

An illustrated read-aloud anthology of 115 poems and interactive activities featuring 3 poems per long and short vowel sound, and 2-3 per consonant and initial blend. Great for at-risk, ESL, BL, and adult literacy programs.  This poetry collection is meant to be read aloud so that children to hear a particular language sound again and again in word after word -- all within an enticing and meaningful context!


  • 115 read-aloud poems provide a playful and interesting context for building phonemic awareness.
  • Poems focus on individual language sounds that are heard repeatedly.
  • Word lists for each poem highlight both targeted and additional sounds heard in the poem.
  • Focusing Talk™ activities help you model each poem's vocabulary and ideas in your daily conversations and interactions with children.
  • Hands-on activities extend each poem and complement your learning centers.
  • Listen! Listen! Hear That Sound? sections list other words that include the targeted sounds.
  • Phonics Link activities and reproducible letter cards help you begin formal phonics instruction and introduce children to sounds in print.
  • Helpful tips for reading poetry aloud and for incorporating poetry into your daily routine are included.
  • Poems are indexed by title, author, first line, theme, and by sounds!
  • Also available: A companion volume, More Phonics Through Poetry, continues to build oral language and phonemic awareness in children grades 2 and 3.


  • Consonants
  • Initial Blends
  • Short Vowels
  • Long Vowels

Softcover, illustrated, 11 x 8, 280 pages.  Good Year Books, 1998.  ISBN 1596470194.

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