Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Poetry Tag continues with a book review of a new book of poetry connected to yesterday's book review.

Today’s tagline: More poems from the oral tradition

Guest Reviewer: Sharon McCoy Johnson

Featured Book: Yoon, Salina, 2011. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: A Counting Nursery Rhyme. New York: Robin Corey Books, Random House. ISBN 978-0-375-86479-7

Sharon writes: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: A Counting Nursery Rhyme by Salina Yoon is an imaginative and entertaining counting rhyme book. This durable board book is suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-school children, as well as the young at heart! Yoon offers the reader an interactive, practical and creative literacy learning tool presented with a colorful and exciting contemporary flare on a beloved children’s nursery rhyme. The poet presents the reader with a fun-filled way of recognizing and learning number words and numerals from one to ten.

As the reader turns the pages of the die-cut peek-a-boo windows, the subsequent page will reveal an extravaganza of brightly colored abstract shapes and whimsical circus animals. Further, the child will observe the rhyme’s numeric amount along with the rhyming text given in black or white print. The final pages of the board book offers the reader a double gatefold spread of a three-ring circus spotlighting the good fat hen.

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe is an exceptional counting nursery rhyme board book that is a wonderful resource for a child’s early numeric learning experience.

Read the nursery rhyme, "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: A Counting Nursery Rhyme" by Salina Yoon several times in a shared reading lesson with students in early childhood through kindergarten. The teacher will talk with the students about the number words in the board book. The teacher will explain to the students that a number means an amount. The teacher will show the students examples of number amounts written as a number word. The teacher will explain to the students that the number word has the same meaning, only it is written in word format. The teacher will ask the children to create a list of numbers and their number words with a partner.

Tell the pupils that next to each number, they are to write the number word. When needed, children may refer back to the nursery rhyme. Finally, the teacher will show the children the number words again. The teacher will model the correct formation of the number on a small sticky note or the white board and place the number above the word on the nursery rhyme book.

For the second activity, the students will create a graph using cut-outs of ten columns of shoes. The teacher will make copies of shoes for each student. The teacher will write each digit on an index card and the number words, one-ten, on the back of each index card and laminate. The teacher will explain to the students that they are going to randomly draw a number, count the shoe(s) and color it in. For example, the student draws the number “1” and colors one shoe. The student flips the card over, to find the word "one", and writes it in the column beneath (this makes the game self-correcting, and teaches them that a graph has labels). Last, the student sets the number “1” card aside. Continue in this manner until the graph is complete with numbers 1-10. To read more about the counting nursery rhyme, access the following website.

Tomorrow’s tagline: About capturing songs and stories

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Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell and students © 2011. All rights reserved.

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