Draw and Write Together: Wheels Poetry

  • crayons (optional)
  • index cards
  • marker
  • scissors
  • sentence chart
  • sentence strips

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Writing/W.PK.MA.2: Use a combination of dictating and drawing to explain information about a topic.

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing: Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Composition 16: Use their own words or illustrations to describe their experiences, tell imaginative stories, or communicate information about a topic of interest.

Draw and Write Together: Wheels Poetry

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STEM Key Concepts: Identify tools and simple machines used for a specific purpose (e.g., ramp, wheel, pulley, lever)

ELA Focus Skills: Emergent Writing, Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary

Educator Prep: On sentence strips write the lines to the poem “Wheels.” The first, sixth, and seventh lines should be one color, lines two and three should be a different color, and the fourth and fifth lines should be a third color. 

Tell children they are all going to write a part of a group poem about wheels.

Draw attention to the sentence chart. Recite the poem, pointing to each word as you say it.

  • Point to each underlined space and explain that some children will name an object with wheels to complete the the second and third sentences.
  • Then explain that other children will name an action that tells how the wheels move to complete the fourth and fifth sentences.

Have each child supply a word and write it on an index card. Use the same color to write the word. Place it in the chart so the full sentences are in one color. 

  • Read the poem aloud as you track each word with your finger.
  • Exaggerate the sweep as you turn a line.
  • Read the poem again and have children recite with you.

You may want to change the words and make a second poem. Read the new poem with children. Encourage children to revisit the chart and write or draw new words to tape over the words or reuse the word cards.

We see wheels all around us.
Wheels on                ,
And wheels on                .
and wheels               .
Wheels here, wheels there,
We see wheels everywhere!

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