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Counting Poems

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Making up your own number poems can get your class off to a quick poetic start. List items in the classroom or on the playground that can be counted. Begin with one item and count to ten (or start with ten and go backwards), such as:

One teacher's desk
Two open doors
Three shelves of blocks
Four...
Do any of the items rhyme? Where might they go in a poem? In what order will you use the items? Which ones go together? What other words can we add to better describe the items? How might we tie it all together for the poem's end?

Find a nice collection of counting poems and finger plays at Fingerplays, Action Poems, Nursery Rhymes, and Songs.


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Sue LaBella, Education World's early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing activities and poems for young children. She lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy.

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05/18/2009

 

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