For the class, I made copies of all twelve verses of Chicken Soup with Rice and each child selected their favorite one to illustrate for their anthology. Here's August:
In August it will be so hot
I will become a cooking pot,
Cooking soup, of course--why not?
Cooking chicken soup with rice!
Long ago in a first-grade class in East Harlem, we turned this song into a performance, with kids acting out each little scene and everybody chanting the names of the months in order in between verses. Those kids left first grade knowing the months of the year for sure! If you're a teacher and would like a copy of the sheets I made--nothing fancy--for Chicken Soup with Rice, let me know in the comments and I'll send it to you.
Poems from Montreal on Friday!