Saturday, March 26, 2011

P.I.G. (Poetry Is Great) Book Additions

 The focus letter was Ww.  The children found six!  I asked them to draw six things and write about them.  This child drew groups of six and wrote a little something about each group.
This was a class favorite!  The poem is to the tune, Did You Ever See a Lassie?  The kids loved singing about UNDERWEAR!  The focus letter was Uu.  I asked the students to make subtraction sentences using seven cubes.
 A follow-up to one of our St. Patrick's Day songs, but instead of the leprechaun giving a pot of gold the children could substitute something else.
 The children had to find letter Xx.  There were only two, so I asked the children to write by 2's beginning at 50.  They were so excited to write past 100!

The children had lots of fun designing their rainbow hair and writing about it. We used the document camera to share our pictures and writings.  This really motivated the students to do their best.

Note:  The poems featuring a letter focus were from 
 Kim Jordano's website.


  1. I am in LOVE with you blog! I finally have time to look through all your postings. Anyway, I am planning on doing a poetry notebook with my students next school year. Do you do one a week? How often do you practice it?

  2. We start with one poem a week, but by mid-September we are working with two poems. Most of the poems are in pocket charts, some are enlarged on posters, and I also use my document camera. We use these poems for shared reading, which is a daily routine (part of our morning meeting).

    I started using P.I.G. books two years ago with so much success! Seeing the rise in reading confidence, how quickly they find and understand rhyme, and the reinforcement and identification of sight words, the improvement with reading fluency and so much more...I knew this needed to continue as a part of my literacy curriculum.

    If you have more questions, please ask. I'm so happy you love my blog! Thanks for hopping by!