Recite Together: “A Kite” #1

  • color word cards
  • marker
  • sentence chart
  • sentence strips
  • scissors
  • blue
  • color

MA Standards:

Literature/RL.PK.MA.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about a story or a poem read aloud.

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Book Appreciation and Knowledge: Asks and answers questions and makes comments about print materials.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 6: Listen to a wide variety of age appropriate literature read aloud.

Recite Together: “A Kite” #1

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ELA Focus Skills: Vocabulary, Listening and Speaking, Concepts of Print, Phonological Awareness 

Educator Prep: Write each line of the poem “A Kite” on a sentence strip. Cut the first line of the poem into two pieces so you can insert different color word cards between the parts of the sentence. Then make a set of color word cards to insert in the line in the poem. Use the color marker that is the same as the color word (e.g., write blue in blue marker) so children can use the chart independently.

Assemble the sentence strips in a sentence chart. Insert the blue word card in the first line of the poem to replace the word red. Tell children they are going to learn a poem about a kite. Talk briefly about children’s experiences with kites. Ask children to share their experiences with flying a kite. 

Then turn children’s attention to the poem and hold up the blue word card in the sentence chart. Tell children you are going to recite a poem about a kite. Point to the blue word card and ask, What color kite do you think my poem is about?

Recite the rhyme, pointing to each word as you read. Invite children to join you as you recite the rhyme again.

A Kite
A red kite is lots of fun.
So grab the string and run, run, run.
Watch it go up in the sky
Because a kite is meant to fly.

Educator Tip: This poem can be used throughout the unit with other colors, so keep the chart handy.

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