Monday, May 26, 2014

Poetry Bonanza!

POETRY!!!!!!!!!!!!  One of my favorite units to teach in Writing!  I usually start poetry in April, but with our 9 million snow days/delays in Ohio, everything got pushed back about a month!  We began by browsing some poetry books.  I had requested a poetry collection from my library a few weeks prior.  The kids already know a lot about poetry because we do a poem of the week each week.

Our first type of poetry to learn about was acrostic poetry.  We watched a Brain Pop Jr. and discussed my poetry poster about acrostic poems.  We then brainstormed phrases for "spring."  I wrote the favorites down and then the kids planned out their poems onto an old organizer that I had.  Once they had the phrases written down, they wrote them on their colored rainbow strips, in order, with black crayons.  Next, they painted the clouds and we let them dry.  In the afternoon, we assembled our clouds and voila!  Beautiful spring artwork to display in our classroom! 

Next, we moved onto rhythm poetry! The kids always love making up rhythm poems!  My class was very creative with these this year!   After rhythm poetry, we worked on likes/dislikes.  These are always funny!  I always start with food...there tends to be much debate about which foods are "disgusting" and which foods are "awesome."

Friday was a review day so I put out all the poetry papers for the types we'd worked on and let the kids have at it!  It gave me a chance to do make-ups with students who missed writing or were absent throughout the week.

This week, we'll finish up our unit with a few more types of poetry and prepare for the 5th annual POETRY CAFE!  It's amazing.  You don't want to miss my post about it!  The cafe will be June 3rd and I'll be sharing photos with you all soon after!!!

Everything shown above {minus the random "SPRING" graphic organizer} is included in my second best-selling product in my store, my Poetry Unit.  Click the cover to take a peek!



Jess said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This looks like so much fun! I like how many different kinds of poems you did. I especially like the craft that went along with acrostic poem! Thanks for sharing! Rambling About Reading

Pixie Anne said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Those Spring acrostic poems look great. We always do them about ourselves at the start and end of the year to show how they have changed/what they have learnt. 'Nugits in a box' is my new favourite poem - so sweet!
Growing Little Learners said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I really like the Spring poem project. Not sure of my class theme this year, but I believe you gave me a great idea. Cheers!

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