It was only after I began teaching that I learned to love poetry. Why?
- At its heart, poetry is about playing...with words.
- Students who are overwhelmed by longer pieces of writing may find it easier to tackle a short poem.
- Poetry encourages creativity.
- Poetry can match any mood. Humorous poems quickly capture student interest.
- Poetry can enhance any subject. How? Here are some ideas...
Poems can describe mathematical concepts, like temperature, described in this blog post.
Books like One, Two, Skip a Few! capture more math ideas in rhyme form. (See this blog post.) These poems can be enjoyed by young children or used as models for writing with older students.
More mathematical models for poetry are located in the book Mathematickles, and discussed here. And don't miss this multitude of resources for combining math and poetry.
Kids love to act. You can provide opportunities by acting out poems...especially those with humor. (Think Shel Silverstein.) My students enjoyed dramatizing "Smart" from Where the Sidewalk Ends.
Poetry and Art
3-D art activity pictured at left. Spring and Mother's Day are great topics, but they can also be used for other seasons and holidays: fall, Christmas, winter, Valentine's Day, Easter, etc.
But my all-time favorite poetry lesson (pictured right) is one in which students use their 5-senses to write descriptive poetry, that they then mount on tissue painting backgrounds.
Still stumped for poetry ideas? My friend Sherri at By Degrees has more fabulous ideas to make poetry come alive. (She sat by me during all those poetry analysis sessions in college. The woman knows her stuff!) ;)
How are you celebrating poetry this month? Comment below. ;)