Poems/ Sentence Fluency

Old Black Fly - Jim Aylesworth, Stephen Gammell

This super cute book is about a fly that goes on an alphabetic rampage until he is finally stopped by a fly swatter. This book has great rhythm and flow so it is a popular read aloud book. After reading, the children can come up with their own imitative poems. Give the students a topic and let their imaginations take care of the rest. You could even "jazz it up" by providing the students with a fun fly template to write their poems on and once they are complete, hang them for everyone to see. This book is great for first, second, third grade. You could even just use it as a read aloud to kindergarten.