President's Day Freebie!

Happy Monday!  I am so envious of all of you who have off today!  My husband is off with my little girl, and I hope they are heading back to the store today to get my new purse with the 20% off coupon!  If not, I will be one unhappy Momma!

On to the real stuff!  I needed a good poem for my first graders this week for President's Day, but I just could not find one that I liked.  Either they were waayy too hard or waayy too corny, so did what I always do in this situation ~ wrote my own!  And, I am going to share it with you, my followers!  Click here or the picture below for your copy!
I use poetry each week to help with fluency and various word activities.  Many times I use sight words, but I also work with the spelling features the students need or other special words.  Last week, I focused on contractions with my second graders.  They loved it!

We read the poem all week, sometimes chorally, sometimes partner, sometimes alone, but always reading it.  On Wednesday, we get out the highlighters and highlight words in the poem.  On Thursday, we illustrate the poems on the back of it.  I keep them in a file for my students and then bind them together for a book to read.  They take them home over the summer and keep them forever.  This year I had several students tell me how much they enjoyed reading their poetry books over the summer.   Wow!  Love that from the kids!

I hope you enjoy the freebie!

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  1. Perfect way to honor today's holiday!
    THANK You!

  2. Cute poem. Thank you.

    The Balanced Classroom

  3. I'm going to use this on Wednesday, thanks for sharing! I just found you through MM and am a new follower.

    Math is Elementary


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