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.
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):
Words in the poem with the ee letter pattern (long e sound):
This autumn poem was written with grades 2-3 in mind, but it can certainly span up (or down with added learning support).
If you like this autumn poem with targeted au words, you might also like The BIG Phonics Poetry Anthology.