Teaching little learners about our community is one of my favorite units! There is so much to learn and explore together. I love introducing units in a fun and engaging way and this community helper interactive poem is perfect for the job.
Interactive poems are always a hit and I love all that my learners get out of just one interactive poem. By reading the poem with a new helper each time, they are building their accuracy, fluency, practicing new sight words, concepts of print and more without even knowing!
Introduce Community Helpers
This poem can also be used to introduce new community helpers. If you are learning about how police officers help our community just add the picture to the poem, read together and explore the responsibilities of a police officer in more detail.
Whole Group Instruction
This poem is great for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten and even first grade classrooms. Whether you read this poem as a class during a literacy mini-lesson or to introduce your social studies unit this provides a great activity for whole group instruction. You can focus on reading strategies or how each helper works in our community to explore the poem in more detail.
After reading the poem during whole group instruction you can move the poem to a shared reading center and let your learners continue to practice. They love being the “teacher” and having control of the helpers they add to the poem. You can also have your learners complete the workpage included in the link below as an extension to the poem.
If you want to use this poem in your classroom or learning center you can download it by clicking the download button at the bottom of this post! Just cut, tape on a sentence strip (or just tape together) and laminate for durability. Finally, place the poem on a pocket chart and enjoy!!!
If you are planning a community helper unit check out these amazing resources….
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Community Helpers Bingo // The Letters of Literacy
Community Helper Vehicles Count and Clip Cards // Modern Preschool
Community Helper Pattern Block Mats // The STEM Laboratory
Community Helpers Sort and Classify Mats // Fairy Poppins
Community Helpers Sight Words Game // Play and Learn Every Day
I Spy Community Helpers Printable // Powerful Mothering
Community Helper Interactive Poem // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Community Helpers Counting Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Community Helpers Little Readers // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Community Helpers Mazes // Sara J Creations
People Who Help Us Alphabet Match // Adventures of Adam
Community Helper Math Games // Recipe for Teaching
Community Helpers Easy Reader Freebie // The Simplified Classroom
Community Helpers Write and Color the Room // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Community Helper Alphabet Dab Sheets // Playdough to Plato