Draw and Write Together: Our Green Poem

  • chart paper
  • crayons
  • magazine pictures (green objects)
  • marker (green)
  • paper

MA Standards:

Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners during daily routines and play.

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing: Recognizes that writing is a way of communicating for a variety of purposes, such as giving information, sharing stories, or giving an opinion.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Composition 20: Generate questions and gather information to answer their questions in various ways.

Draw and Write Together: Our Green Poem

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STEM Key Concepts: There are many different colors

ELA Focus Skills: Color Recognition, Vocabulary, Active Listening, Follow Directions, Concepts of Print, Making Connections

Educator Prep: Write the "Green All Around" poem template on a large sheet of chart paper in green marker.

Green All Around

We see green all around us.
Green                    .
And green                    .
and                   .
Green. Green.
Green is all around us!

Display the poem template and pictures of green objects to help children name things that are green.

  • Read the first line of the poem slowly and track each word. When you come to the first blank line, think aloud, Green what? What is something that is green around us? Grass! Write the word grass on the line.
  • Encourage children to illustrate the poem after you write a response. 
  • Continue to read the verse and allow children to fill in the blanks. As you read, continue to track the words. Point out how you begin each sentence at the left side of the page.

Take it Further: You may want to take children outside to complete the poem. Have them look around and fill in the poem with things that are green outdoors. (grass, bushes, flowers, moss, insects, etc.)

Social Emotional Tip: Writing group poetry helps children develop their understanding of group dynamics and expectations, and provides an opportunity to understands how one’s actions and thought can affect others.

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