Text Only • 
Poems of the Month
The poems we learn each month are taken from Maurice Sendak's book
Chicken Soup with Rice.

September
In September for a while
I will ride a crocodile
Down the chicken soupy Nile
Paddle once, paddle twice
Paddle Chicken soup with rice.
             written by Maurice Sendak
SOME Oral Language ACTIVITIES:
Rhyming words - Ask your child what rhymes with while or twice in the poem.  What other words rhyme with while & twice?  ( smile, mile, tile, Kyle, file, etc)
The other rhyming words can be real words or nonsense words too
Syllables- How many syllables are in the word September- Crocodile- Chicken- Nile, etc.
Clap or tap or stomp the syllables in the words
Letters-  Find the letters /Ss/  /Pp/  and /Cc/.

October
In October I'll be host
to witches, Goblins and a ghost
I'll serve them chicken soup on toast
Whoopy once, whoopy twice
whoopy chicken soup with rice.
        written by Maurice Sendak

SOME Oral Language ACTIVITIES:
Rhyming words - Ask your child what rhymes with host or twice in the poem.  What other words rhyme with host & twice?  ( most, toast, roast, coast, boast, etc)
The other rhyming words can be real words or nonsense words too
Syllables- How many syllables are in the word October- goblins- ghost, etc.
Clap or tap or stomp the syllables in the words
Letters-  Find the letters /Oo/ /Ww/ and /Ss/.

November
In November's gusty gale
I will flop my flippy tale
and spout hot soup
I'll be a whale!
Spouting once, spouting twice
spouting chicken soup with rice.
                                       written by Maurice Sendak

Movement Activities:  
Ask the children how they would move their bodies to words such as gusty, flop, flippy, spout, and spouting. They can move certain parts of their body such as the upper half ( trunk ,ribs, arms, shoulders, head) or the lower half ( hips, waist, legs, feet) or they can move just their arms, legs, hands, etc.
Recite the poem and allow the students to move in their own self space or with a partner or with the entire group. It is fun to see how children will naturally move their bodies to match the words.  They can also be encouraged to move with the syllables in each word- such as moving( clapping, stomping, blinking, hopping, etc.) twice to spouting , gusty, or flippy and once to flop or spout.  This activity not only involves the whole body but it also is a great vocabulary/language builder as it reinforces body awareness skills and literacy skills.

December
In December I will be
A baubled bangled Christmas tree
With soup bowls draped all over me
Merry once, merry twice,
Merry chicken soup with rice.
                  written by Maurice Sendak
Oral Language Activities:
Ask your child say the word /December/ How many syllables?... (3)  Clap, stomp, tap, snap the syllables in the word. Now practice saying, clapping, stomping the word /December/ with missing parts. Say /December/, say it again without /de/... cember... say it again without /de/cem/.... ber.
Word matching:
Write the words: be, tree, and me on a sticky note. Encourage your child match those words with  the words in the poem.


January
In January it's so nice
while slipping on the sliding ice
to sip hot chicken soup with rice
Sipping, once, sipping twice
sipping chicken soup with rice.
                                          
Ideas and Activities for Science, Movement, Language, and Art:
Make some chicken soup with rice and enjoy it on a cold January day, yum!  Take a trip to the ice arena or a frozen pond and practice how not to slip on the sliding ice!  Brainstorm words that rhyme with ice.  Add a letter to /ice/ and make a new word- /ice/ now say it again with a /n/ and make a new word /nice/. Take some construction paper and rice and make a collage!  Take a bag of rice and food coloring and some(2TBLS) rubbing alcohol and put it in a ZipLoc and shake to make a new color rice(let it dry) and add to your collage.

February
In February it will be
My snowman's anniversary
With cake for him and soup for me
Happy once, happy twice
Happy chicken soup with rice.
                                        written by Maurice Sendak
Literacy Ideas:  
Finding vowels:   The vowels are a e i o u and sometimes y- Which vowel will we find today?  or how many /a/'s do you notice, etc?  What two words begin with a vowel?  In and it...  What kind of cake would you bake for your snowman?   What ingredients would you put in your soup? Let's draw a picture/or write a story about cake or soup....


March
In March the wind blows down the door
and spills my soup upon the floor
It laps it up and roars for more!
Blowing once, blowing twice
blowing chicken soup with rice.
                     written by Maurice Sendak
Literacy Ideas and Movement Ideas:  
This is a great poem to move the body to. Children love to pretend to be the door being blown down and spilling their bodies onto the floor!  Lapping it up and roaring for more will only add to the fun!  Also children can continue to find letters such as /Bb/ and find the /ing/brothers at the end of blow and find words that rhyme with door.  Playing with the word March can be silly such as say "March- say it again with out the/M/sound..." It is / arch/.  Now put the /B/sound in front and you get /Barch/. Also grab some straws and practice blowing through the straws with a strong breathe and soft breathe.. Blowing bubbles may even add another dimension to the concept of blowing.  March is indeed a the month for blowing winds!


April
In April I will go away
to far off Spain or old Bombay
and dream about hot soup all day.
oh my oh once
oh my oh twice,
oh my oh chicken soup with rice.
                                        written by Maurice Sendak

Language(Social Studies) and Movement Activities:
Investigate where Spain and Old Bombay are on the world map.  Brainstorm the different places you can travel to in your dreams.  How would you get there? Plane- Train- Ship. Write/Draw about a place that you can travel to- can be real or imagined. Listen to Spanish or Indian music and move your body to the rhytmn of the music.

May
In May I think it truly best
to be a robin lightly dressed
concocting soup inside my nest
Mix it once, mix it twice,
mix that Chicken soup with rice.
                                written by Maurice Sendak
Nature and Art Experience:
Take a walk out in Nature and observe the different types of nests that birds make. Spring is a great time to see and hear robins.
Make your own nest using glue and spaghetti noodles and a small alumnium pie pan to form the shape of a nest- break the spaghetti and mix the noodles in with a glue and water mixture. Take the noodles out by hand and form a nest inside the alumnium pie pan. Layer the noodles on top of each other. Research the robin and use pom poms to make a bird to put inside the nest.  May is also a great word to play with such as say -May- say it again but don't say /M/- ay... Say it again but instead of /M/ say /H/- Hay.

June
In June I saw charming group
of roses all begin to droop.
I pepped them up with chicken soup
Sprinkle once, sprinkle twice,
sprinkle chicken soup with rice.
                       written by Maurice Sendak


 
Last Modified: Oct 08, 2008
 



Manchester Elementary School
17 School Street, Manchester, ME 04351
Phone: 207.622.2949 | Fax: 207.622.0616
Pia Holmes, Principal
E-mail: Pia_Holmes@maranacook.org
©2013 RSU38, Manchester, Maine
Contact Webmaster: Jan@maranacook.org