When teaching phonics, teachers are always looking for new and engaging ideas. Are you ready for the newest idea from Lucky Little Learners? Using poems & picture books to aid in engagement, fluency and mastering phonics sounds. This post will share more about our newest resource, Phonics Poems with Daily Activities AND companion books that will allow teachers to reinforce the phonics skill as well as engage readers! Read on!
Before sharing ideas for the best books for teaching/reinforcing phonics skills, let’s take a closer look at the Phonics Poems included in the pack. Here’s a quick snapshot:
This is an AMAZING phonics resource! Students will love the poems, will notice their phonics sounds and be engaged! Now comes the extra fun part! Teachers can take these phonics lessons to the next level with companion books! Team Lucky Little Learners has sat down and came up with two picture books for each poem that can be used to reinforce the phonics sound, engage students in the theme of the poem and can be used to focus on comprehension strategies. Before we share the book, take a closer look at weekly routine for using Phonics Poems with Daily Activities:
Read more about the poems here: A Weekly Routine to Build Fluency Using Phonics Poems
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Phonics Based Poems Pack
Using Companion Books with the Poems
As you read in the weekly routine post, Day 1 is the nitty gritty phonics sound work: Introduce & teach the sound, read the poem, and have students complete the day 1 activities. Day 2 is when a companion picture book could be a useful tool!
We’ve got two suggested books to use on Day 2:
Here is how and why to use each type of companion book:
Book #1: Phonics Sound Emphasis
Picking a companion book that focuses on the same phonics sound as your poem of the week builds fluency as the students scour the book for words with the weekly sound. This will also help them learn and remember the sound. Sample lesson ideas/activities:
Book #2: Subject Emphasis
Choosing a companion book that features the same subject matter as your poem is a fun way to work on comprehension skills such as:
Companion Book List
Alright, let’s get into this amazing list! Check out these 45 + books that can build fluency and comprehension skills as well as student engagement in your classroom!
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The short a poem is titled “Taxi Cat”.
Short A Phonics Focus Book: I Want my Hat Back
By Jon Klassen
Poor bear cannot find his favorite hat!
Short A Subject Focus Book: Hi, Cat!
By Ezra Jack Keats
In this sweet story, a young happens upon a stray cat and has quite the day!
The short e poem is titled Ted and Beth.
Short E Phonics Focus Book: Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny & Mike
By Cynthia Rylant
This story is all about life for fish friends in their fish tank.
Short E Subject Focus Book: Night at the Fair
By Donald Crews
This story has beautiful and engaging illustrations of a fair!
The short i poem is titled Billy’s City.
Short I Phonics Focus Book: Armadillly Chili
By Helen Ketteman
A cute southwest tale filled with southwest animal characters.
Short I Subject Focus Book: Town Mouse, Country Mouse
By Jan Brett
In this story with amazingly detailed Jan Brett illustrations, city life and country life are compared and contrasted, just like in the short i poem.
The short o poem is titled I Do Not.
Short O Phonics Focus Book: Rocks in my Pockets
By Marc Harshman
A fun tale of life and excitement for a family on a mountain.
Short O Subject Focus Book: The Little Red Hen
By Paul Galdone
Just like in the poem, readers learn that to get the reward, you must do the hard work too!
The short u poem is titled Bunny the Pug.
Short U Phonics Focus Book: Chuck and Woodchuck
By Cece Bell
A cute story of friendship.
Short U Subject Focus Book: Pig the Pug
By Aaron Blabely
A story of a grumpy pug kids will LOVE!
Mixed Short Vowels (a, i & e, o u)
Phonics Focus Book: Decodable Readers
Check out this set of 15 decodable readers for a mixed short vowels review!
OR, read mixed short vowel review sentences here: Reading Short Vowels in Sentences.
Subject Focus Book # 1: Lost & Found Cat: The True story of KunKush’s Incredible Journey
An incredible story of a lost & found kitty.
Subject Focus Book #2: The Foodie Flamingo
By Vanessa Howl
A story about trying new foods and learning about yourself.
CVC/Closed Syllables (mixed a, e, i, o, u)
The cvc mixed closed syllable poem is titled That’s Not Fun.
Phonics Focus Book: Bob Books: First Set
In this book set, kids get exposure to all five short vowels in cvc, closed syllable format. These books are great for early or emergent readers.
Subject Focus Book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
By Judith Viorst.
This book, like the poem, follows a child on a bad day!
The L blends poem is titled Flip Flops.
L Blends Phonics Focus Book: The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
By Eric Carle
A fun story of perseverance with Eric Carle’s wonderful illustrations.
L Blends Subject Focus Book: A Day at the Beach
By Tom Booth
This fun story tackles the subject of siblings and teamwork all while being set on a sunny beach.
The S blends poem is titled Strong Steve.
S Blends Phonics Focus Book: Stop Snoring, Bernard
By Zachariah O’Hora
An amazingly cute story of a loudly snoring otter!
S Blends Subject Focus Book: Be Strong
By Pat Zietlow Miller
This story focuses on not just physical strength, but also mental/emotional strength & power as well.
The r blends poem is titled Brian’s Trip.
R Blends Phonics Focus Book: A Frog Thing
By Eric Drachman
A story of a frog who wants to fly.
R Blends Subject Focus Book: I Really Want to See You, Grandma
By Taro Gomi.
A silly and heart warming story of a grandma and grand daughter.
Mixed Consonant Blends (st, cr, cl, gr, sp, bl, sk, br, tr, sw, sl, etc)
The mixed consonant blends poem is titled Sticky Crisp.
Phonics Focus Book: Stop, Drop & Flop in the Slop
By Brian P. Cleary
This fun & wacky story focuses on mixed consonant blends and is sure to have students laughing!
Subject Focus Book: Bella’s Recipe for Success
By Ana Siqueira
Bella learns the lesson of not giving up when her first cooking experience ends in disaster.
The Sh digraph poem is titled Show and Tell.
SH Digraph Phonics Focus Book: Sheep on a Ship
By Nancy E. Shaw
A silly story about pirate ship and their sea adventure.
SH Digraph Subject Focus Book: Too Shy for Show and Tell
By Beth Bracken
A story about overcoming shyness that would be great to weave in an SEL lesson!
The ch digraph poem is titled Charlie Chews.
CH Digraph Phonics Focus Book: Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox
By Grace MacCarone
A rhyming book about the dreaded chicken pox!
CH Digraph Subject Focus Book: I Can Eat a Rainbow
By Olena Rose
This book teaches students the importance of variety in their diets.
The wh digraph poem is titled Who Who Who.
WH Digraph Phonics Focus Book: Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story
By Wendy Tokuda
An amazing true story of a lost whale in San Francisco.
WH Digraph Subject Focus Book: The Kid’s Book of Questions
By Gregory Stock Ph.D.
Start fun class discussions with a book that has kids thinking about and answering fun questions!
The th digraph poem is titled Thankful Thoughts.
TH Digraph Phonics Focus Book: How Many Teeth?
By Paul Showers
A science book about teeth.
TH Digraph Subject Focus Book: The Things I’m Grateful For
By Arnie Lightning
Five short stories & activities to teach about feeling grateful.
The ph digraph poem is titled Phoebe’s Photographs.
PH Digraph Phonics Focus Book: Digraphs: Consonant Digraph ph for Kids
By Birchall Publishing
This one is a little different. It is NOT a story picture book, but rather a book that lists ph digraph words. It is a way to get them to learn more than just the word “phone” when learning this sound!
PH Digraph Subject Focus Book: What in the world: Look Again!
By National Kids
This puzzle book uses beautiful photographs to share puzzles with kids. This would be fun to project a puzzle a day for the class to solve!
The ck digraph poem is titled Stuck.
CK Digraph Phonics Focus Book: The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock
By Jim Aylesworth
This is a fun one because it follows the old nursery rhyme AND it features a different sound family on each page PLUS a good handful of ck words.
CK Digraph Subject Focus Book: My Magical Choices
By Becky Cummings.
This story will teach students they have the power to make choices that will affect their day!
Consonant Digraphs (sh, th, ch, wh, ph, ck)
The mixed consonant digraph poem is titled Three Wishes.
Consonant Digraphs Phonics Focus Book: The Thing on the Wing Can Sing
By Brian P. Cleary
Yep, one of Mr. Cleary’s books is back on this list but they are SO good for teaching phonics. This story features short vowel words with all the consonant digraphs.
Consonant Digraphs Subject Focus Book: What Would You Wish For?
By Davie Sable
Start a class discussion on what students would wish for if they could have any wish.
The cv/open syllable poem is titled I Said No.
C/V Open Syllables Phonics Focus Book: Jumping Jungle: Half-Pint Readers series 5
By LuAnn Santillo.
These short readers feature cv words as well as review sight words.
C/V Open Syllables Subject Focus Book: The Not-So-Friendly Friend: How to Set Boundaries for Healthy Friendships
By Christina Furnival
This book would be a great discussion starter on friendship and bullies.
Long Vowel/Silent e Books
This section will be a little different as there is ONE Phonics Focus Book for all five of the long vowel, silent e sounds.
Long Vowel/ Silent e Phonics Focus Book:
Once gain we are focusing on a Bob Book set (set 5) to teach these sounds. These books are completely decodable! AND they feature a TON of long vowel with a silent e words.
Long Vowel/ Silent e Subject Focus Books
Here is a subject focus book for each long vowel/silent e sounds:
Long a, Silent e
The long a, silent e poem is titled Kate’s Lake.
The book is Me and You and the Red Canoe by Jean E. Pendziwol.
This story is about a family & their special times on the lake.
Long e, Silent e
This book tells the tale of a family heirloom and family memories.
Long i, silent e
A very cute story that promotes self love.
Long o, silent e
The long o, silent e poem is titled Home on the Slope. When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant would be a great companion book to this poem.
This story tells the memories of a young girl growing up in the mountains without any modern conveniences.
Long u, silent e
The long u, silent e poem is Rude Duke. This poem is about siblings not getting along, so what better companion book than a book written by siblings?! Check out this book: The Evil Princess vs. The Brave Knight by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm.
A princess and a knight tease and torment each other (like a brother and a sister) but can they actually get along?
As you can see, there is easily a book or two for each phonics skill featured in our poems pack! Hopefully the companion books shared with help you get a head start on planning engaging, meaningful phonics/reading skills lessons. (Maybe even cross curricular connections!)
What other sounds are included in the phonics poems?
Hopefully the Phonics Poems with Daily Activities PLUS the companion books to help cement the skills gets your phonics block rocking!