The kites

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By Daphne Lister

An inspiring and yet simple poem by Daphne Lister. The poem has some rhyming words that the children will soon grasp and some spelling patterns that can lead to discussions about alternative ways of spelling phonemes.


Shared learning and teaching

Shared reading

  • Look at the poster together. Can the children tell you what sort of text this is? What are the features of a poem? What do they think the poem is going to be about? Did they think of kites in the sky when they were outside?
  • Cover the rhyming words with sticky notes and read through the text with the children. Can they guess what the rhyming words are?
  • Remove the sticky notes and compare the children’s ideas with those of the poet.
  • Make a list of the rhyming words. What do the children notice about the spelling patterns in them?
  • Discuss in pairs what the children would see if they were a kite.
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  1. Grace Kelly
    on 14 September 2013

    The Kites poem

    Thank you for the practical ideas when using this delightful poem. I don't know if I would highlight the various spellings as it might confuse my class. I have a number of ideas to use the poem with kindergarten through to Year 6 students.