Saturday, October 20, 2012


Against a spooky moon,
Under a scraggly tree,
In front of a haunted house,
What do you see, see, see?
Tell me, Friend, what do you see?

Moving from door to door,
Gliding down the street,
Groups of the strangest beings,
Who will you meet, meet, meet?
Tell me, Friend, who will you meet?

Knocking at your door,
A ghostly king and queen,
A monster, a vampire, and zombie
On Halloween--ween--ween
When, Friend? On Halloween!
             Copyright: Linda Armstrong, Oct. 20, 2012

Ideas for parents and teachers:

  • Read the poem aloud, pausing at the end to allow children to supply the last predictable word.
  • Review the ee words in the verse. They include tree, see, street, meet, queen, and Halloween.
  • Other words that follow the same pattern include: bee, flee, free, free, deed, feed, heed, need, reed, seed, weed, seen, beet, feet, between, teen, geese, seem, and freeze. Encourage children to make up their own verses using some of those words.
  • Encourage children to draw a picture to illustrate this verse or their own.
  • Invite students to turn the double e into a pair of eyes, draw a character around those eyes, and then write a play or story about that character.
  • More advanced readers and spellers may want to name words with different spellings of the long e sound.
Note: This is a new work composed for this blog. It is not included in any of my books.

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