Tuesday, November 29, 2011

OINK Tuesday: Dad is a...

Part of the reading we do in Kindergarten is in “guided reading groups,” where I sit with a small group and a set of little beginner books such as Moms and Dads.  I read it to them, they read it with me, they read it independently, and then they take it home to read with their families.

Moms and Dads was Group One’s greatest challenge yet:
“Mom is a bus driver.
Dad is a window cleaner.
Mom is a police officer.
Dad is a vet.
Mom is a librarian…”

On page 11 we learned that “Dad is a farmer,” and we had to look hard to see that he was a pig farmer, because only parts of various pigs were visible in the photo illustration.  It was much easier to see that “Mom is a farmer, too,” because her cows were very apparent (and complete).  However, for this group that includes four English learners, the tough part was remembering the vocabulary for all the jobs.

During the unison reading, I paused on page 11 to let the children refer to the photo and recall that “Dad is a… a…”  Silence. 

After studying the picture again, finally Marla said, “Pig!”   We all laughed.

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Dads at Work (#29 in MyPoPerDayMo)

His dad is a window cleaner;
Her dad drives a rig.
Your dad is a dentist, and
My dad is a pig.

He goes to work in black and white.
They call him Spotted Swine.
He roots and snuffles, rolls in mud;
He snorts and is porcine.

At home he cleans his hairy ears
And tucks away his tail.
He joins us at the dinner table,
Then reads through all the mail.

Tomorrow will be like today:
My dad will go to work.
He’ll eat his lunch out of a trough—
A porky piggy’s perk.

Heidi Mordhorst 2011
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1 comment:

  1. I just love your response poem! Especially this stanza:

    He goes to work in black and white.
    They call him Spotted Swine.
    He roots and snuffles, rolls in mud;
    He snorts and is porcine.

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