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Good Handwriting

If you are wise
You will organize
You handwriting always
To be the right size.
The shape is important
Round and neat
Using your hands
Not your feet.

Keep the right pace
You're not in a race
Or your poor little word
Will fall on its face.
Be careful of your spacing
Because like racing,
If you don't heed it
You won't be able
To read it!


Parts of a Sentence

A sentence, sentence, sentence
Is complete, complete, complete
When 5 simple rules it meets, meets, meets.
It has a subject, subject,
And a verb, verb, verb.
It makes sense, sense, sense
With every word, word, word.
Add a capital letter and end mark, mark,
Now our sentence has all its parts.


Punctuation Marks

The period is a busy man.
A small round traffic cop.
He blocks the helter-skelter words
And brings them to a stop.

The question mark's a tiny girl,
She's small but very wise;
She asks too many questions
For a person of her size.

Of all the punctuation folk,
I like the comma best.
For when I'm getting out of breath
He lets me take a rest.

Quotation marks are curious.
When friendly talk begins
You'll always find these little marks
Are busy listening in.

The exclamation mark's an elf,
Who is easily excited.
When children laugh or cry or scream
It's then he's most delighted.


Whenever you come to the end of a thought,
You sign it off with a polka dot.


The Contraction Song
(to the tune of "London Bridge is Falling Down")

I'm the first word; don't change me!
Don't change me, don't change me.
I'm the first word; don't change me!
Oh, no, just let me be.

When you change the second word,
Second word, second word,
When you change the second word,
A shorter word you'll see.

Certain letters are taken out,
Taken out, taken out.
Certain letters are taken out.
One word will remain.

Apostrophe will fill that space,
Fill that space, fill that space.
Apostrophe will fill that space,
The rest will stay the same.

Can't and couldn't, isn't, too.
Isn't, too, isn't, too,
Won't and I've and let's, it's true,
Contractions every one.

I'm and she's and you're and he'd,
You're and he'd, you're and he'd,
Wouldn't, didn't, we'll and she'd,
Good! And now we're done.


The Because Song
(to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star")

B-e-c-a-u-s-e,
That's the way we spell because,
B-e-c-a-u-s-e,
B-e-c-a-u-s-e,
B-e-c-a-u-s-e,
That's the way we spell because,


A Verbs Song
(to the tune of "B-I-N-G-O")

Some words tell things that you can do
and verbs are what we call them
v-e-r-b-s
v-e-r-b-s
v-e-r-b-s
and verbs are what we call them.

Here are some action words for you
to act out as you sing them
s-t-a-n-d
s-t-a-n-d
s-t-a-n-d
and verbs are what we call them.

Here are some action words for you
to act out as you sing them
m-a-r-c-h
m-a-r-c-h
m-a-r-c-h
and verbs are what we call them.

Here are some action words for you
to act out as you sing them
(clap)-j-u-m-p
(clap)-j-u-m-p
(clap)-j-u-m-p
and verbs are what we call them.

Here are some action words for you
to act out as you sing them
(clap)-(clap)-h-o-p
(clap)-(clap)-h-o-p
(clap)-(clap)-h-o-p
and verbs are what we call them.

Here are some action words for you
to act out as you sing them
(clap)-(clap)-s-i-t
(clap)-(clap)-s-i-t
(clap)-(clap)-s-i-t
and verbs are what we call them.


Synonyms
(to the tune of "Hush Little Baby")

Synonyms almost the same,
Synonyms almost the same,
Come, letís play a matching game.
Sing two words that mean the same.

(alternate following lines teacher with
students or boys with girls)

When Iím happy,
I am glad.
When Iím naughty,
I am bad.
If itís large,
Itís also big.
A hog is
Also called a pig.

See me hurry,
See me rush.
To be quiet
Means to hush.
If I want,
I also wish.
A plastic bowl
Is still a dish.

Practice or
Repeat a song.
If you miss,
You go far wrong.
If you end,
You stop the game.
They have like meanings,
Much the same.

Synonyms, almost the same.
Synonyms, almost the same.


Keep a Poem in Your Pocket

Keep a poem in your pocket
and a picture in your head
and you'll never feel lonely
at night when you're in bed.

The little poem will sing to you.
The little picture it brings to you
A dozen dreams to dance to you
At night when your in bed.

So---
Keep a picture in your pocket
And a poem in your head
And you'll never feel lonely
At night when your in bed.

Beatrice Schenkde Regniers

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