Phonics Poetry for Grades K-2!

October 1, 2014

Do your young learners have poetry journals?! Mine do and we love them.


The main question I have been asked in the past is what I put inside my journals and I created a resource to help answer that question. Most of the poems in our poetry journals are phonics poems, but I also am sure to include plenty of seasonal and holiday poems throughout the year.


I always had trouble finding poems that were appropriate for my first graders to decode on their own throughout the year, so I used to make up a few of my own. I decided this past year to make lots more, type them up, add some clipart and borders and voila! Here is my newest unit, Phonics Poetry for Grade K-2!
If you want to see how I set up my poetry journals in the class, click the picture below to read a previous post AND snag one of the poems for free!


Inside my phonics poetry pack, there are 79 different phonics poems that focus on common word families and phonemes taught in Kinder, 1st grade, and the beginning of 2nd grade. Each word family or phoneme has a short, simple poem written by me, a practice page for students to record their words and sort real vs. nonsense words, and there is also a visualization sheet.
Here is a close up of each:
Poem: the above poem focuses on long vowel e, spelled /ee/. The set up of my poems are very similar so students can get used to them. Students read the poem many different times and ways and then glue it into their poetry journal and color in the picture.


Visualization Page: I find that poetry is the perfect time to teach visualization! Sometimes instead of the full-sized sheets, I will substitute the poem for that week with a visualization sheet. We still read the poem numerous ways and identify the words with the word family or phoneme we are learning that week. Instead of simply coloring in the clip art on the page, I have my students draw what the poem is about! It is a great way for me to see who can actually decode the poem and understand it.


Practice page: This is the page we complete after we read and illustrate our poems. It allows students to record some of the words they found in the poem as well as decode real and nonsense words with that word family/phoneme.


I also included a few sheets on how and when I use these sheets in my classroom:
My kids really love collecting these poems in their journal throughout the year and I allow plenty of time for students to read through their poetry journal. It also makes for quite the keepsake when they leave my classroom in June!


To see more, head over to view my Phonics Poetry unit on TPT and download the preview!


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What better way to practice phonics and fluency than through poems?! These phonics poems helps students identify and read over 70 different phonics patterns. Students also practice real vs. nonsense words and visualization with these phonics folders. Head on over to the blog post see more and to try a free one!

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  • I have been always searching for the ways to make the study interesting and never boring and I think I have found another good source. You know, I realized that sometimes it is not so important to get perfect results but to preserve child`s desire to study and grow. I just remember how several years ago I asked to write essays for me online because I felt totally exhausted and bored. So, my motto ‘No boredom and lots of fun to become clever and happy’

  • I bought your pack during the Cyber Monday sale, and we've been using it for two weeks now. My kiddos love it! I too have a hard time finding poetry they can decode. After Winter Break we are heading into consonant blends. I would LOVE to for your expanded pack to include those when you get spare time (haha!) Thanks again for these 🙂

  • I have 2 kids, a 3 year old and a 5 year old. The 5 year is now starting to learn to read and I am very excited because he just read a little to me… I was wondering if getting Hooked on Phonics was a good idea for both my kids. I want to improve his reading and have a jump start for my 3 year old. Thanks in advance!!!

  • This is awesome, I can’t wait to try this with my students in September 2017! Love the visualization sheets.

  • Wow! This is a lot of work on your part! Very impressive and thorough. Thank you for offering it to us.