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Poetry

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Recommended Books:

  • Douglas Florian’s themed Poetry & Paintings books
  • A School Year of Poems: 180 favorites from Highlights by Walter B. Barbe
  • A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels In Verse and Rhyme by J. Patrick Lewis
  • Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman
  • Sleepy-Time Rhymes For Little Ones: Jesus Loves Me Lullabies & Prayers by Helen Haidle
  • Sports! Sports! Sports! A Poetry Collection by Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Bookspeak!: Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas
  • Beatrix Potter’s Nursery Rhyme Book by Beatrix Potter
  • Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose by Sylvia Long

Vocabulary Target Words: acrostic, author, couplet, form, language, language art, poem, poet, poetry, poetry reading, rhyme, rhythm, structure, theme, title

Did You Know?: April is National Poetry Month

Lesson Ideas:

1. Poetry is a form of language art ~ it creates imagery and feelings for the reader. What do you think about when you hear the word poetry? Focus on specific words such as:

  • some poems make us laugh
  • some poems make us think
  • some poems rhyme
  • some poems are long
  • some poems are short

2. Acrostic Poem ~ explain how an acrostic poem uses each letter of a word to begin a line when writing a poem. You can use any of these ‘four seasons’ themed printables to build one:

3. Bio Poem ~ explain that a biography poem is reflective; a poem about one’s self.

4. Finish The Poem ~ discuss the popular Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue poem and explain its theme: love. This is the most common form of the poem:

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Sugar is sweet

And so are you!

Now, give the child the first two lines and have them finish a new version with two last lines of their own.

5. Couplet ~ discuss the term ‘couplet’ in poetry, which are two lines that rhyme. These are two examples from Tickle Day: Poems from Father Goose by Charles Ghigna:

From Nature’s Shows:

Nature puts on little shows

Every time it rains or snows.

From Turtle Trouble:

Tell me if you think you know

How to make a turtle go.

Next, using a sample of Douglas Florian’s Mr. Backward poem, have the child create and insert a couplet or two to finish this poem:

Excerpt from Mr. Backward by Douglas Florian

Mr. Backward lives in town.

He never wakes up, he always wakes down.

Insert child’s couplet(s) here

He goes to sleep beneath his bed

While wearing slippers on his head.

Rhyming Words Worksheets:

Activities:

Crafts:

Collection of Nursery Rhyme crafts

Related Resources:

Spanish:

poem = el poema

poetry = la poesia

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