I love to write poetry, chants, raps and plays. Children love them too. How often do your children come home from school saying the words to a poem or song? Usually they can't get it out of their head and pretty soon your saying or singing it to. I know my grandson does it all the time! So I decided to write some poems
and chants for Back to School. This is a Rap called, "Where's the Teacher?" which includes an activity to help your child practice punctuation which is a English Language Arts Common Core Standards for 1st and 2nd Grade. This particular poem has both questions and answers and when practicing it also has children use lots of expression. First have your child learn the poem and practice reading it with accuracy and fluency, (Common Core Reading standards RL.1.10 and RF.2.4)
Talk about the different kinds of sentences in the chant: statements and questions. (Although Uh oh! has an exclamation mark it is not the focus of this activity) Then use the activity below to practice using the question mark and period by having your child write the missing punctuation marks. To download your copy just click on either poem.
You can find more about these poems and chants by clicking on the picture below.