I have xeroxed this poem on a large piece of paper (11 X 17) inside a hear shape. I usually do the poem in the pocket chart one day and then we move to each child making his/her own copy as a valentine to give to mom and dad on another day. It takes a while for them to be able to understand the joke of the poem. They have to read and re-read it. The more they read it, the more they like it and the funnier they think it is, of course!!!
This is a rebus poem because some of the words are left out and instead a picture or object is used in place of a word.
I ___(sent)____ this valentine to say, (Attach a penny)
I ____(pick)__ you for my own, (a toothpick)
And tell you what a ___(match)_____ we'll make (a wooden match)
If you'll _____(be)______ mine alone. ( a bee sticker)
I ___(stamp)____ your name upon my ____(heart)___, (a postage stamp, a heart sticker)
I'll ___(string)____ along with you, ( a piece of
string all curled up)
No one will ever ___(foil)____ our love, (a piece of tin foil)
Because _____(I)____ love you true!!! (a magazine picture of an
In the days following the making of this valentine I often introduce the term, "homonym" and go over other homonyms such as to/two/too or ate/eight in a more formal way than we have done up to this point in the year. This poem really helps them develop the concept of homonym in a meaningful way.
Have fun with this!
Kerry in B.C. Canada