Literacy for early years teaching resources: Songs, rhymes and poems

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Rhyming Sort

Rhyming Sort

Students will have fun sorting these cards into words that rhyme and words that do not rhyme. There are 24 cards. Each card has two pictures on it. Say the name of the picture and determine if it rhymes or not. Lay the card on the correct sorting mat. This could also be used at circle time on a pocket chart. Cards come with and without words.

By kindergartencouture

The Literacy Collection 4

The Literacy Collection 4

The Literacy Collection 4A collection of exciting great value literacy resources and fun material!See the links for further details.Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: cooltext.com)

By EngageinEnglish

The Murder Resource Pack 2

The Murder Resource Pack 2

The Murder Resource Pack 2A collection of exciting murder mystery lessons and resources!See the links for further details.Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: cooltext.com)

By EngageinEnglish

Nursery Rhyme bumper pack

Nursery Rhyme bumper pack

A huge pack of resources for use with children in the Early Years.This pack includes over 200 pages of planning, activities, games, crafts and worksheets to print out and use again and again.Although the activities are planned for children up to the age of 5, there are many which could be used with older children.The Nursery Rhyme packs included are:1- Twinkle, twinkle little star2- Jack and Jill3- Baa baa black sheep4- Little Miss Muffet5- 1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive6- Hickory Dickory Dock7- Humpty Dumpty8- Hey diddle diddle9- Incy Wincy spider10- Little Bo PeepFor each nursery rhyme there is a rhyme card in black and white and colour, rhyme sequencing pictures, craft ideas, colouring and activity sheets, puppets and face masks for acting out the nursery rhyme, literacy activities, maths activities plus a sheet of further activity ideas.

By robbyn

Fun Nursery Rhyme Flip Book 'Hey Diddle, Diddle

Fun Nursery Rhyme Flip Book 'Hey Diddle, Diddle

This is a fun nursery rhyme flip book based on the popular nursery rhyme 'Hey diddle.diddle'.It will make a great addition to your poetry unit and children will enjoy folding the pages back to reveal mixed up characters from the rhyme. It is also a great way to introduce early reading skills. The flip book comes in colour and black and white versions.InstructionsColour the pagesGlue them together at the dotted lineCut along the lines, you do not need to cut across the last page.Fold back individual strips to create mixed up characters.

By janedonlan1

Say No to Strangers - (USA) - How to Teach Children to Deal with Stranger Danger - Refers to '911'

Say No to Strangers - (USA) - How to Teach Children to Deal with Stranger Danger - Refers to '911'

Teach children aged 4-9 years how to deal with ‘stranger danger’ in (3) easy-to-follow stages which helps them to develop into confident, prepared and capable kids. Print, laminate and use selected pages as story flashcards or durable worksheets with wipe-able markers for a class or individual child, (at school or home). Then present children with their very own personalised ‘Brave Smart and Strong’ Awards when they have successfully complete all three stages – (80 pages). Story Time: Sue’s adventure is told through rhyming couplets and colour illustrations which introduces children to the topic as they wait to see what happens next, when Sue is faced with ‘stranger danger’. Through Story Time children learn about the importance of being aware, basic steps to recognise and deal with 'stranger danger', and of getting the help, and about knowing where to go, what to do and say, and that they really can be ‘BIG’ – even though they are small! They also learn how a ‘stranger’ can appear out of no-where and quickly take control. Teaching Guide: Step-by-step preparation guidelines and information for parents, carers and teachers to follow and discuss with children, prior to completing the Practical Exercises and Check Lists. Children learn the meaning of words such as ‘danger’, 'intuition' and 'sense' so they are aware and understand and know the meaning of ‘feeling uncomfortable’ and why the power of saying ‘NO’ can help to avoid a threat from a 'stranger’ or child predator. They also learn the signs that someone is using tricks or threats to influence them and how there are special places they can go to and special people they can be with to stay safe.Instructions include crucial role-playing steps to use in regular drama lessons or safety drills which demonstrate to children what to say and what to do and helps them to remember the steps and build their inner strength – so they can take action and stay calm in a 'stranger danger' situation. Using the Check List included allows you to know if a child can really take action and understand what the child has been taught throughout the steps. Learning Activities: Curriculum friendly worksheets to reinforce with children how to recognise ‘stranger danger’ and the steps to take, and how to be brave, smart and strong – so each step is embedded in their minds and proven to be perfected. These activities reinforce who they can be with and where they can go; what to say and not say to a ‘stranger’; what to do to get away from a 'stranger'; and who can help, if they are approached by a ‘stranger’. They also learn to recognise signs to look for in a child involved in a ‘stranger danger' situation, steps they need to take to help that child and about the affects of judgement, blame and secrecy. Helping Little Kids be BIG – by Teaching Children to be Brave, Smart and Strong!

By sueseries

Say 'No' to Strangers - (UK) - How to Teach Children to Deal with Stranger Danger - Refers to '999'

Say 'No' to Strangers - (UK) - How to Teach Children to Deal with Stranger Danger - Refers to '999'

Teach children aged 4-9 years how to deal with ‘stranger danger’ in (3) easy-to-follow stages which helps them to develop into confident, prepared and capable kids. Print, laminate and use selected pages as story flashcards or durable worksheets with wipe-able markers for a class or individual child, (at school or home). Then present children with their very own personalised ‘Brave Smart and Strong’ Awards when they have successfully complete all three stages. (80 pages)Story Time: Sue’s adventure is told through rhyming couplets and colour illustrations which introduces children to the topic as they wait to see what happens next, when Sue is faced with ‘stranger danger’. Through Story Time children learn about the importance of being aware and the basic steps to recognise and deal with 'stranger danger' and get help, and about knowing where to go, what to do and say, and that they really can be ‘BIG’ – even though they are small! They also learn how a ‘stranger’ can appear out of no-where and quickly take control. Teaching Guide: Step-by-step preparation guidelines and information for parents, carers and teachers to follow and discuss with children, prior to completing the Practical Exercises and Check Lists. Children learn the meaning of words such as ‘danger’, 'intuition' and 'sense' so they are aware and understand and know the meaning of ‘feeling uncomfortable’ and why the power of saying ‘NO’ can help to avoid a threat from a 'stranger’ or child predator. They also learn the signs that someone is using tricks or threats to influence them and how there are special places they can go to and special people they can be with to stay safe. Instructions include crucial role-playing steps to use in regular drama lessons or safety drills which demonstrate to children what to say and what to do and helps them to remember the steps and build their inner strength – so they can take action and stay calm in a 'stranger danger' situation. Using the Check List included allows you to know if a child can really take action and understand what the child has been taught throughout the steps. Learning Activities: Curriculum friendly worksheets to help children know how to recognise ‘stranger danger’ and the steps to take and how to be brave, smart and strong so each step is embedded in their minds and proven to be perfected. These activities reinforce who they can be with and where they can go; what to say and not say to a ‘stranger’; what to do to get away from a 'stranger'; and who can help, if they are approached by a ‘stranger’. They also learn to recognise signs to look for in a child involved in a ‘stranger danger' situation, steps they need to take to help that child and about the affects of judgement, blame and secrecy. Helping Little Kids be BIG – by Teaching Children to be Brave, Smart and Strong!

By sueseries

Say 'No' to Strangers - (AUS) - How to Teach Children to Deal with Stranger Danger - Refers to '000'

Say 'No' to Strangers - (AUS) - How to Teach Children to Deal with Stranger Danger - Refers to '000'

Teach children aged 4-9 years how to deal with ‘stranger danger’ in (3) easy-to-follow stages which helps them to develop into confident, prepared and capable kids. Print, laminate and use selected pages as story flashcards or durable worksheets with wipe-able markers for a class or individual child, (at school or home). Then present children with their very own personalised ‘Brave Smart and Strong’ Awards when they have successfully complete all three stages - (80 pages).Story Time: Sue’s adventure is told through rhyming couplets and colour illustrations which introduces children to the topic as they wait to see what happens next, when Sue is faced with ‘stranger danger’. Through Story Time children learn about the importance of being aware, basic steps to recognise and deal with 'stranger danger', and getting help, and about knowing where to go, what to do and say, and that they really can be ‘BIG’ – even though they are small! They also learn how a ‘stranger’ can appear out of no-where and quickly take control. Teaching Guide: Step-by-step preparation guidelines and information for parents, carers and teachers to follow and discuss with children, prior to completing the Practical Exercises and Check Lists. Children learn the meaning of words such as ‘danger’, 'intuition' and 'sense' so they are aware and understand and know the meaning of ‘feeling uncomfortable’ and why the power of saying ‘NO’ can help to avoid a threat from a 'stranger’ or child predator. They also learn the signs that someone is using tricks or threats to influence them and how there are special places they can go to and special people they can be with to stay safe. Instructions include crucial role-playing steps to use in regular drama lessons or safety drills which demonstrate to children what to say and what to do and helps them to remember the steps and build their inner strength – so they can take action and stay calm in a 'stranger danger' situation. Using the Check List included allows you to know if a child can really take action and understand what the child has been taught throughout the steps. Learning Activities: Curriculum friendly worksheets to help reinforce with children how to recognise ‘stranger danger’ and the steps to take, and how to be brave, smart and strong – so each step is embedded in their minds and proven to be perfected. These activities reinforce who they can be with and where they can go; what to say and not say to a ‘stranger’; what to do to get away from a 'stranger'; and who can help, if they are approached by a ‘stranger’. They also learn to recognise signs to look for in a child involved in a ‘stranger danger' situation, steps they need to take to help that child and about the affects of judgement, blame and secrecy. Helping Little Kids be BIG – by Teaching Children to be Brave, Smart and Strong!

By sueseries

Say 'No' to Strangers - (NZ) - How to Teach Children to Deal with Stranger Danger - Refers to '111'

Say 'No' to Strangers - (NZ) - How to Teach Children to Deal with Stranger Danger - Refers to '111'

Teach children aged 4-9 years how to deal with ‘stranger danger’ in (3) easy-to-follow stages which helps them to develop into confident, prepared and capable kids. Print, laminate and use selected pages as story flashcards or durable worksheets with wipe-able markers for a class or individual child, (at school or home). Then present children with their very own personalised ‘Brave Smart and Strong’ Awards when they have successfully complete all three stages – (80 pages).Story Time: Sue’s adventure is told through rhyming couplets and colour illustrations which introduces children to the topic as they wait to see what happens next, when Sue is faced with ‘stranger danger’. Through Story Time children learn about the importance of being aware, basic steps to recognise and deal with 'stranger danger', and getting help, and about knowing where to go, what to do and say, and that they really can be ‘BIG’ – even though they are small! They also learn how a ‘stranger’ can appear out of no-where and quickly take control. Teaching Guide: Step-by-step preparation guidelines and information for parents, carers and teachers to follow and discuss with children, prior to completing the Practical Exercises and Check Lists. Children learn the meaning of words such as ‘danger’, 'intuition' and 'sense' so they are aware and understand and know the meaning of ‘feeling uncomfortable’ and why the power of saying ‘NO’ can help to avoid a threat from a 'stranger’ or child predator. They also learn the signs that someone is using tricks or threats to influence them and how there are special places they can go to and special people they can be with to stay safe. Instructions include crucial role-playing steps to use in regular drama lessons or safety drills which demonstrate to children what to say and what to do and helps them to remember the steps and build their inner strength – so they can take action and stay calm in a 'stranger danger' situation. Using the Check List included allows you to know if a child can really take action and understand what the child has been taught throughout the steps. Learning Activities: Curriculum friendly worksheets to help reinforce with children how to recognise ‘stranger danger’ and the steps to take, and how to be brave, smart and strong – so each step is embedded in their minds and proven to be perfected. These activities reinforce who they can be with and where they can go; what to say and not say to a ‘stranger’; what to do to get away from a 'stranger'; and who can help, if they are approached by a ‘stranger’. They also learn to recognise signs to look for in a child involved in a ‘stranger danger' situation, steps they need to take to help that child and about the affects of judgement, blame and secrecy. Helping Little Kids be BIG – by Teaching Children to be Brave, Smart and Strong!

By sueseries

We're going on a sound hunt

We're going on a sound hunt

To be used alongside a practical sound hunt, listening to sounds in the environment. Using sound vocabulary, such as quiet and loud, other words can easily be substituted. A short song/rhyme has been included at the end, to recap that sounds are heard by the ears, one of the 5 senses.

By choralsongster

RL3.5 Winter Themed Poetry and Reader's Theater Rotations

RL3.5 Winter Themed Poetry and Reader's Theater Rotations

This Winter Themed Poetry and Reader's Theater unit is a fun way to teach the standard RL3.5. You can use this as rotations or as whole group mini-lessons.Rotations:If using this unit as rotations, simply print out the rotation cards and place them in plastic tubs or file folders. Place the corresponding materials in each center. After teaching a mini-lesson about poetry and dramas, have your students rotate throughout the centers, completing the response sheet for each poem. You may want to have your students divide into small groups for this activity. Students can keep their completed work in a folder using the title page provided. You may also wish to staple all the response sheets together and have students complete them as they rotate through the centers. Whole Group:If rotations aren’t your thing, you may also use these poems during your whole group mini-lesson. Project a poem on the smart board while your students have a copy of the poem with the response sheet on the back. You may wish to highlight rhyming words or various patterns your students see. You may also want to underline parts where the author uses nonliteral language. Copyright: All poems and reader’s theaters are in the public domain, an original piece, or permission has been granted by the author. Included:How to use this in your classroomPoetry Notebook Title Page (Color)Poetry Notebook Title Page (B&W)Poetry/Reader’s Theater Center CardsHow to Read Poetry Poster (Color, B&W)The Early Morning by Hilarie Belloc for JournalThe Early Morning Response PageHouses by Aileen L. Fisher Houses Response PageSnowflakes by Poetry for Young ScientistsSnowflakes Response PageStopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert FrostStopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Response PageWinter by Walter De La MareWinter Response PageSledding Fun Reader’s TheaterSledding Fun Response PageAn excerpt from A Christmas Carol by Charles DickensA Christmas Carol Response PageAnswer SheetHappy Learning!Abby Sandlinwww.teacherspayteachers.com/store/abby-sandlin

By abbysandlin

National Days Bundle - Part 1

National Days Bundle - Part 1

I have collected a very wide range of different National Day presentations I have created, from throughout the year, such as Science Day, Commonwealth Day, European Day of Languages, Mountain Day and Pancake Day, to name but just a few of them!

By peterfogarty

Tricky Word Actions (Jolly Phonics Sight Words)

Tricky Word Actions (Jolly Phonics Sight Words)

Let's face it jolly phonics tricky words can be... well tricky! We have actions that go along with all 42 jolly phonics sounds. So why not for tricky words too?I decided to take matters into my own hands and began to add in actions for each of the 72 tricky words to help children remember them . (The children helped me to do this!) It was important that the actions didn't match any of their sound actions and that they were all different. This proved to be indeed very tricky as many of the words are similar E.G I, me and my. This resource has helped my class so much this year! Over time I removed the actions so the children identify the sight words without the help of the actions! It has made sight word learning a little more enjoyable as well!We also use a rainbow system to identify what tricky words the children know! When the children know all of the words in one rainbow arch we give them a matching coloured rain drop for their name cloud! (This can be seen pictured on the first slide.)This power point is very adaptable as you can create your own "custom slideshow" to suit the needs of your learners. E.G reorder slides or remove actions. Many of the actions are directly related to British Sign Language but some are a stimulus for remembering the word. The exact actions for the words can be interpreted in different ways. The pictures are more of a guide to enable you to tweak the actions to suit your children. E.G 'my' is a picture of Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony the children pretend to ride a horse saying 'my' like a horse would say nay. Tricky word 'your' is a picture of a boy giving a girl a present the children pretend to give a gift to their friend saying 'your' as in here is your present. I printed this slideshow of as a booklet for the children to practice at home too. I also filmed the children doing the actions and uploaded it to our Primary 1 Facebook page to avoid confusion of how to perform the actions. Everything we do in our Primary 1 is play based learning and it is important to remember that along with this direct teaching input we have lots of both undirected child centered experiential play and more structured play activities with adult support going on in our play room. Direct teaching is nessesary to get through the E&O's but remember play is learning!!!

By ami.nelson

The Mystery Collection 2 - A Collection of Resources on a Mystery Theme

The Mystery Collection 2 - A Collection of Resources on a Mystery Theme

The Mystery Collection 2 - A Collection of Resources on a Mystery ThemeA collection of exciting creative and descriptive mystery lessons and resources. Amazing value!See the links for further details.Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: cooltext.com, copyright free image: https://pixabay.com/en/mountain-peak-mountain-range-1462655/)

By EngageinEnglish

The Mystery Collection 4 - A Collection of Resources on a Mystery Them

The Mystery Collection 4 - A Collection of Resources on a Mystery Them

The Mystery Collection 4 - A Collection of Resources on a Mystery ThemeA collection of exciting creative and descriptive mystery lessons and resources. Amazing value!See the links for further details.Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: cooltext.com, copyright free image: https://pixabay.com/en/mountain-peak-mountain-range-1462655/)

By EngageinEnglish

The Mystery Collection 5 - A Collection of Resources on a Mystery Theme

The Mystery Collection 5 - A Collection of Resources on a Mystery Theme

The Mystery Collection 5 - A Collection of Resources on a Mystery ThemeA collection of exciting creative and descriptive mystery lessons and resources. Amazing value!See the links for further details.Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: cooltext.com, copyright free image: https://pixabay.com/en/mountain-peak-mountain-range-1462655/)

By EngageinEnglish

The Horror and Comedy Collection

The Horror and Comedy Collection

The Horror and Comedy CollectionA collection of exciting horror and comedy complete lessons and resources. Fantastic value!See the links for further details.Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: cooltext.com, copyright free image:)

By EngageinEnglish

Phonological Awareness - Syllables, Rhyme and Phonemes - Summer Pack

Phonological Awareness - Syllables, Rhyme and Phonemes - Summer Pack

Over 100 pages of games, activities and worksheets. Brilliant for Nursery, Reception, Kindergarden and SEN pupils. Explore Syllables, Rhyme and Phonemes using these fun and engaging Summer Themed Activities. An incredible resource containing a workbook, word cards and power point file for use with the interactive whiteboard. The resource focuses on developing the core pre reading skills relating to syllables, rhyme and phoneme awareness. Essential for early literacy. It can be used to support children with language difficulties who are struggling to grasp early phonetics. Summer topic based for added discussion and vocabulary development.The pack is matched to National Curriculum and Common Core Reading standards and provides a range of summer themed games, activities, raps, worksheets and cards (just add a puppet!). There are slides, matching activities, dominoes, and a fun fishing game all to download.Use the raps, pictures and slides to engage children during short, whole class, directed activities; lead focused group work with the cards and activities; consolidate and check understanding with the worksheets and games.

By dotty34

Phonological Awareness - Syllables, Rhyme and Phonemes - Animal Pack

Phonological Awareness - Syllables, Rhyme and Phonemes - Animal Pack

Over 100 pages in total! Perfect for Nursery, Reception and Kindergarden Classrooms as well as for use with pupils with Speech and Language Difficulties. Work on Syllables, Rhyme and Phonemes using an animal theme the pupils will love.An incredible resource containing a workbook, word cards and power point file for use with the interactive whiteboard. The resource focuses on developing the core pre reading skills relating to syllables, rhyme and phoneme awareness. Essential for early literacy. It can be used to support children with language difficulties who are struggling to grasp early phonetics.The pack is matched to National Curriculum, Early Years and Common Core reading standards and provides a range of animal themed games, activities, raps, worksheets and cards (just add a puppet!). Print out the pictures, or just use the presentation for quick, engaging activities with minimal work!Use the raps, pictures and slides to engage children during short, whole class, directed activities; lead focused group work with the cards and activities; consolidate and check understanding with the worksheets and games.Work on Syllables

By dotty34

Horror, Murder and Literacy Collection Pack 3

Horror, Murder and Literacy Collection Pack 3

Horror, Murder and Literacy Collection Pack 3A collection of inspirational and fun lessons around the theme of horror, muder with some literacy material thrown in!See the links for further details.Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: cooltext.com)

By EngageinEnglish

The Fun with Words Collection 5

The Fun with Words Collection 5

The Fun with Words Collection 5 A collection of fun and engaging literacy resources, complete lessons and activities. Fantastic value for money download and a real time saver. See the links for further details. Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish (Credits: cooltext.com, copyright free image: https://pixabay.com/en/book-old-clouds-tree-birds-bank-863418/

By EngageinEnglish

The Fun with Words Collection

The Fun with Words Collection

The Fun with Words Collection A collection of fun and engaging literacy resources, complete lessons and activities. Fantastic value for money download and a real time saver.See the links for further details.Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: cooltext.com, copyright free image: https://pixabay.com/en/book-old-clouds-tree-birds-bank-863418/

By EngageinEnglish

Horror, Murder and Literacy Collection Pack 2

Horror, Murder and Literacy Collection Pack 2

Horror, Murder and Literacy Collection Pack 2A collection of inspirational and fun lessons around the theme of horror, muder with some literacy material thrown in!See the links for further details.Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: cooltext.com)

By EngageinEnglish

The Fantasy and Horror Collection 3

The Fantasy and Horror Collection 3

The Fantasy and Horror Collection 3A collection of inspirational and fantasy and horror lessons and resources.See the links for further details.Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: cooltext.com, copyright free image: https://pixabay.com/en/fantasy-castle-cloud-sky-tower-782001/)

By EngageinEnglish

Halloween Teaching Bundle

Halloween Teaching Bundle

Here is a fun, multicultural, cross curricular set of resources for Halloween. There are maths resources, different language resources, photos about how people celebrate Halloween and even a phonics sheet about Halloween.

By peterfogarty

Alphabet Bundle : Make Learning The Alphabet Fun!

Alphabet Bundle : Make Learning The Alphabet Fun!

I have developed a huge number of different resources related to learning about the alphabet. This means that you are able to introduce the alphabet in different topics or throughout the year. I have also included a large number of different practice alphabet writing sheets.

By peterfogarty