Lesson 3: Poetry Patterns

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How can patterns be made or found?
  • What makes something a pattern?

Facts and Definitions

  • A poem is a group of words that an author puts together to describe an object or situation, and it often helps readers form a picture in their mind.
  • A poem often contains words that follow the same pattern (rhyming words).

Skills

  • Identify patterns using knowledge of properties of objects (S)
  • Understand that some words begin and end alike (LA)
  • Discuss, illustrate, or dramatize a story or poem (LA)
  • Read or attempt to read simple text (LA)

Materials

  • Bear Hugs by Karma Wilson and Suzanne Watts
  • books of poetry for children
  • colored pencils or crayons

Introduction

Materials: books of poetry for children
Tell your child that a poem has words that an author puts together to describe an object or situation, and a poem often helps readers form a picture in their mind. Poems are shorter than stories and are often written to be read aloud. Poems can be funny or serious.

Read a few poems with rhyming words aloud from books in your child's library. Ask your child if she hears any word patterns as you read each poem. Explain to her that stories can use word patterns and that word patterns are also used in poems. Many poems use words that follow the same pattern so that the poem rhymes.