Monday, April 25, 2016

Poetry Bonanza!

I've already shared a post about poetry recently, so I won't bore you with another one, but I wanted to take time to post all of the great things we've done in our poetry unit.  I will limit this post to few words.

After we finished up our unit, it was time to get ready for our annual "Poetry Cafe."  We wrote about ourselves using Teaching with Love and Laughter's free "All About Me" writing.  These were shared with parents at our Cafe.

We got our poetry anthology books all ready for the big day!  *I staple all of their poems inside a piece of construction paper.  They decorate a cover and glue it to the construction paper.

I always like to have the kids make a sign for the cafe.  I recently was gifted Kwik Stix Tempera Paint Sticks at the French Lick Teacher Blogger Meet Up.  I knew these would be perfect for making our sign!  I printed out some letters and had the students help decorate them.  The colors of the Kwik Stix are so beautiful!  Neither the kids nor I could believe how quickly the paint dried.  Literally in seconds.  Mess-free and quick-dry?  Amazing!  If you want to check out Kwik Stix on Pinterest to see what other people are doing with them, be sure to follow their board HERE.  You can purchase Kwik Stix on Amazon by shopping HERE.  **Keep reading this post to see how you can win a set for your classroom!

Didn't our sign turn out so cute!?!?!?  I took each child's picture in front of it for our Memory Books.

On the big day, the parents come, we share our poems with Jazz music and darkness.  It gives the room a feel of a real cafe.  I make brochures to give out and we have milk, juice, and donuts.  We also share our Phonics poetry folders with our families.

The Poetry Cafe is a great tradition that the kids will always remember.  Spring is a great time to use my easy-to-implement Poetry Unit.  To get it, click below!

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