The Farm Octopus: Building Reading Skills With Poetry
How could an octopus become a helper on a farm? Students read a funny poem, then discuss and think about it using before- and after-reading questions and a writing prompt. Also includes two reproducible skill sheets that target reading comprehension. See Full Product Description.
The farmer's octopus could work
As fast as eight good hands.
The octopus could hoe and feed
And milk and plow the land.
The other animals on this farm aren't too sure about the new farmhand—the octopus. This poem plus student and teacher pages zeroes in on reading comprehension, rhyme, vocabulary, and more.
Send your students on a hunt for descriptive words within the lines of the poem. First, read the poem aloud with your students. Then list the descriptive words on chart paper as your students name them. Post the list in your writing center as a word wall so that students can readily incorporate them into their writing.