Teach -au With This FREE Autumn Poem

I’ve collected plenty of autumn poems for kids over the years, but for teaching phonics, I could never find exactly what I needed. That’s when I first started writing poems with a teaching target in mind.

When it came time to write a poem for the au vowel digraph (vowel team), it was a no brainer to write one about autumn. It’s my very favorite season and I love everything about it.

Image of fall poem, "Autumn," by Lorrie L. Birchall

When writing phonics poems, I try to incorporate words with the targeted sound (in this case, au words) at the beginning, middle and/or end of words whenever appropriate, because kids need to be able to recognize letter patterns in different parts of a word.

I wrote this autumn poem to target the au vowel digraph, but it can work just as well as a mentor text for teaching the long e sound in words with ee and ea letter patterns:

Words in the poem with the ea vowel team letter pattern (long e sound):

  • leaves
  • year

Words in the poem with the ee letter pattern (long e sound):

  • trees
  • freeze

This autumn poem was written with grades 2-3 in mind, but it can certainly span up (or down with added learning support).

This autumn poem is available as a FREEBIE. 

If you like this autumn poem with targeted au words, you might also like The BIG Phonics Poetry Anthology.

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