Hi, everyone! This is Melissa from Teacher Treasure Hunter. I am now officially on spring break and that makes me HAPPY! Something else that makes me happy is poetry. :)
April is the perfect time to share a poem with your class - or even write one! It's National Poetry Month and April 30th is Poem in Your Pocket Day.
I teach 1st grade and we don't read Tennyson! However, there are so many ways to engage elementary students in poetry reading and writing so they acquire a love for words. Poetry will help younger students with many language skills including rhyming, vocabulary and descriptive words.
Here are some ideas for implementing poetry reading into your classroom:
1) Use a projector (or copies of a poem) to guide a choral reading of a poem.
2) Read the poem as a small group. Take turns having a small group read the poem or just take turns reading stanzas (sections).
3) Let the students read the poem in pairs. Each one can read a part of the poem. They can work together to practice reading the poem as a team or in parts so they can read it to the class.
4) Use a spiral notebook to have the students create a poetry notebook. They can glue new poems into their notebook. These poems can go into their reading bag with their other books so they can read it during SSR or Daily 5. The poetry notebook can also be sent home as a homework reading assignment.
There are many places to find poems for your classroom. Make sure that the poems are in the public domain or there is copyright permission to print or copy the poetry for your classroom.
Here are a few places to find poems to use in the classroom:
2) Children's magazines - Many children's magazines include poems. You can subscribe to a magazine or check to see if your local library has a subscription.
3) Discarded books and magazine - Before you throw away a worn out book or magazine check and see if there are poems that you can use. These can be glued onto construction paper or cardstock and then laminated. The students enjoy being able to take a single poem to their desk to read it.
4) Websites - There are many websites that feature children's poetry. Make sure that the copyright allows for printing for use in the classroom. Here are a few excellent sites:
Kenn Nesbitt's Poetry4kids
Shel Silverstine's Official Site
Poetry for Children Blog
5) Youtube - Youtube has some recordings of poems that are excellent. Try looking for Shel Silverstine poems, the Disney A Poem Is series or poems by your favorite author.
6) Teachers Pay Teachers - Many teachers have created poetry collections that are perfect for sharing in the classroom. You can search by grade level and key words to find a poetry collection that is perfect for your classroom.
Here are some poetry anthologies that I've used in my classroom. These are all available through Amazon.
We have been reading the Boxcar Children in my 1st grade classroom. The students love the book. We've also watched the movie and compared/contrasted the two. The students even wrote plays based on this book and performed them this week at our Open House. Needless to say, they love the Boxcar Children! Yesterday, the students wrote cinquain poems about someone from the story. Some formats of cinquain poems require a certain number of syllables. I decided to eliminate any syllable requirements. It was a challenge for them to just distinguish between the adjectives and verbs. This is the format that we used for our 5 lines:
1 - Subject
2- 2 adjectives
3 - 3 action verbs
4 - a 4 word phrase
5- a synonym for the subject
They did a good job for their first time doing this type of writing.
You could write cinquain poems or shape poems on fun stationary. I found some shape templates from Education Place that are free to download and print. Students can use the lined shapes to write a final copy of a poem they've written.
I have some poetry resources in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. If you would like to see the spring poetry collection that I've been using lately, just click on the picture.
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