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Here's to the Animals, Freebie


Last September I blogged about this fabulous book And Here's to You. I've since read it to my class two more times.

I absolutely LOVE this book. I wish I had written this book!  It's so incredibly delightful and heart-warming. If you don't have it yet ... go buy it!

We spent some time reading and re-reading it so that we could write some poems using this story frame.

The first thing we did was read a sweet book about crows so that we had some shared language and ideas about these quirky birds. We wrote a crow poem together, then the kids wrote one on their own.

Next, the kids were given the choice to either write on their own OR to buddy up with a friend and write two more poems about animals other than crows.

Dogs was the favourite topic, but happily there was also a gorilla, cheetah, giraffe and snake poem.

Here they are:



Here's to the gorillas!
The banana people.
Gorillas!
The hitting the tummy ones.
The eating ones.
The yelling ones.
The grabbing ones.
Oh, I love the gorillas!


Here's to the snakes!
The camouflage people.
Snakes!
The predator ones.
The very very slick ones.
The very slithery ones.
The very long tongue ones.
Oh I love the snakes!


Here's to the dogs!
The howling people.
Dogs!
The really really sleeping ones.
The very very loud ones.
The scratching ones.
The fluffy ones.
Oh, I love the dogs!


Here's to the deer!
The quiet people.
Deer!
The very very kicky ones.
The very delicate ones.
The really soft ones.
The really really crazy ones.
Oh, I love the deer!



As you can see, we also took some time painting a pretty frame for the poems.

If you decide to try this I think you'll be happily surprised at how easy this is for Grade 1s AND how much fun they'll find it.

Here are the templates I used. Click on either image to grab!




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11 comments

  1. Wow! Your students' writing is fantastic! I love the creative thinking that's involved. I'll be getting this book to share with my class. Thanks for the templates!!!
    Karli
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

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    1. Thanks, Karli. They worked hard at them:)

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  2. What creativity! They did a wonderful job on their poems. And I added that book to my Amazon cart--looks like one my kiddos would really appreciate! thank you for sharing!

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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    1. Thank you, Miss Trayers! You're gonna love the book!

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  3. Those are some fun poems. The kids did a fabulous job!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. I was pretty proud of them:)

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  4. What fabulous poems from your 1s! :)

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    1. Thank you, Susanna. They worked very hard!

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  5. Here's to your kiddos!!!
    The very very clever ones!
    Excellent jobs!!!!!

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  6. Thanks for the great idea and the sheets to go with it. Your kids did a super job! I'm ordering the book right away.

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  7. I really love that you say you wish you had written this book. That's my favorite thing to say. :) Off to order this book ====>

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