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Friday, April 13, 2012


Did you know that April was National Poetry Month?  Time to sneak in a poem or two!

A Poem
By Dr. Holly  (My girl!)

A poem, a poem
Is a very special thing.
It takes the words
And makes them sing.

A poem is a present,
A poem is a treat
With words piled like ice-cream
In your bowl to eat!

A poem, a poem
Is a treasure and an art
So always carry one
With you in your heart.

Poetry Club - Write “Poetry Club” on the poster board and decorate with glitter and glue.  Explain that anyone who stands up in front of the class and recites a nursery rhyme or poem can be a member of the poetry club.  (You might want to model reciting a poem for them.)  After they’ve recited their poem, let them sign their name on the poster.
*Trace around a child’s body.  Hang it on the wall and call it the “Poetry Person.”  Use as you would the poster for letting children sign their names after reciting a poem.

Poetry Café - Plan a poetry party for your students called the “Poetry Café.”  Involve children in planning refreshments, making decorations, writing invitations, etc.  Encourage each child to learn and practice reciting a poem.  Explain that in the coffee houses instead of clapping, the audience would “snap” their fingers for the poets.

Go to my April, 2011, monthly activity to get lots of other ideas for integrating poetry in your classroom