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Shared Poetry Reading: Teaching Print Concepts, Rhyme, and Vocabulary

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six sessions
Lesson Author

Bethany L.W. Hankinson

Walhonding, Ohio


International Literacy Association



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Although phonological awareness is important for early reading comprehension, other skills are equally important as students develop their reading abilities. Designed to facilitate successful early reading for kindergarten students, this lesson teaches the acquisition of vocabulary, one-to-one matching, left-to-right directionality, and awareness of rhyme. Students study these important aspects of reading using a shared exploration of a poem that includes peer interaction, hands-on experience with print, and a collaborative examination of new and familiar words.

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Flip Book: This handy tool provides students with an easy way to create original stories in an interactive and printable flip book.

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Gambrell, L.B. (2004). Exploring the connection between oral language and early reading. The Reading Teacher, 57(5), 490492.

Studies show that although phonological awareness is critically important to word decoding, other language skills may become more influential as students learn to read. In fact, whether or not students can find meaning in printed words and their awareness of the print around them are greater predictors of reading comprehension in the first and second grades than phonological awareness. Vocabulary knowledge and print awareness are important factors in reading ability, both at the individual word level and for overall comprehension.

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