I chose these 2 books because they have great examples of alliteration and onomatopoeia. The Slop of Soup book is simpler, but really uses great wording. I used it to model for the students. The Worrywarts book has both alliteration and onomatopoeia, so I used for the guided practice and students' independent practice.
Underlined words below are lesson vocabulary words that are emphasized and written on sentence strips for my Reading & Writing word wall. I pull off the words off the wall for each lesson, helping students understand this key 'reading and writing' vocabulary can be generalized across texts and topics. The focus on acquiring and using these words is part of a shift in the Common Core Standards towards building students’ academic vocabulary. My words are color coded ‘pink’ for literature/’blue’ for reading strategies/’orange’ for informational text/'yellow' for writing/’green’ for all other words.
Common starting point
This is one of the later lessons in my poetry unit. I used the 'poetry tree' in all of my lessons in this unit to create a tool that pulled together all of the ideas and kinds of poetry. The kinds of poem are listed down the trunk and the ways that poetry help us are listed on the leaves. I discussed repetition, rhyming and repeated words in my other lessons, including Poetry: What Is It?, Dogs and Haikus: What's the Plot?, Poetry Takes Shape, Synonym Adjective Verb-Put Them In A Cinquain and Reading Acrostics: Poetry of Letters, Pieces of Meaning in Free Verse Poetry and Long Vowels and Limericks: Looking at Poetry. I used a 'Poetry Tree' for the whole unit and added ideas as we read different kinds of poems.
Give the purpose of the lesson
Explain the ideas
Practice strategy - modeling & guided practice
Read the story to/with the kids
Discuss the theme of the story
This theme of 'worrying' was too good to pass up with my 2nd graders, who worry about many things. I love attaching art activities to lessons about emotions and social skills. Several of my kids kept their 'dolls' in their desk for the rest of the year. It was a great chance to talk about managing emotions and we referred back to the idea of 'worrying' several times during the year.
Scaffolding and Special Education: This lesson could be easily scaffolded down, depending on student ability.
I would suggest having the students who struggle academically sit with a partner or write words on every other page. There was a lot of words that some of my kids wrote. You could also put words on the board for them to copy.