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Saturday, April 3, 2021


 April is National Poetry Month so 

here's a poem for your pocket!

A Poem 
By Dr. Holly 

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. 

Let children make a pocket and keep their favorite poem in it. Encourage them to exchange poems with classmates and read to each other. 

Hint! To make a poetry pocket seal an envelope, cut it in half, punch holes and tie on a string. Children can decorate these and then wear them around their neck. 

Here are some other ideas for celebrating poetry month in your classroom:

A Poem a Day 
Choose a poem and read it to your class at the beginning of each day. You can read it and “let it be.” Or, you could use the poem to introduce vocabulary or to spark a discussion. 
*Assign each child a different day to be responsible for bringing in the poem. This would be a good activity for children to do with their parents. 

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. 

*Design a membership card for the poetry club and run off on cardstock. 
Present one to the children after they’ve recited a poem. 

Parents and Poems
Ask children to interview their parents about poetry using some of the prompts below:

     Do you like poems? Why? Why not?
     What’s your favorite poem?
     Do you have a favorite poet?
     Did you learn any poems when you were a child?
     Do you have a poetry book?

Visiting Poet
Invite a poet from your community to visit and read poetry. Encourage the children to generate questions to ask the author before her visit.

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.