By Deborah Ellermeyer and Judith Rowell
A sight words poem—plus three compelling activities—to help children explore words with short vowel sounds!
• Short Vowel Word Wall (objectives)
- to identify Dolch and non-Dolch words with short vowel sounds
- to write words with short vowel sounds for a word wall
• Short Vowel Show (objectives)
- to perform a readers' theater version of the poem
• Fox, Fox, on the Run
- to identify in a song words with short vowel sound words
- to sort words by short vowel sounds
The poem features words from the Dolch list, a widely recognized list of sight words. Along with the companion activities, this poem presents an opportunity to introduce children to specific elements of language such as parts of speech, word families, and more! Includes a copy of the poem (Singing Ducks), three activities, a reproducible, plus teaching tips!
Text is patterned and predictable, perfect for emergent or beginning readers! Research has repeatedly demonstrated that the use of patterned and predictable text is extremely beneficial (Rasinski and Padak, 2001). Using predictable materials not only assists in sight word development but encourages children to use context clues when encountering unknown words, and also creates positive feelings about reading aloud (Bridge, Winograd, and Haley, 1983). The rhythmic nature of poetry and the use of rhyme provide a helpful scaffold for children. Children can use background knowledge, context clues, and their own sense of rhythm and rhyme to help them decode unfamiliar words!