Poetry Month - Week 2

April is Poetry Month!  Try one of the activities below.

Our focus this week is on  Writing and/or illustrating poetry.

 

Can you remember a favorite nursery rhyme? Do you like listening to music? Have you ever read a Dr. Seuss book? If so, did you know that they are all forms of poetry?  Poetry provides us with fun and exciting ways to express ourselves. Take time this week to have an adventure with words by completing one of the poetry activities below. 

 

Grades K, 1, and 2

 

WRITE

  • Choose a poem that you’ve discovered last week and write it in chalk on the sidewalk or your driveway.

  • Write a simile. (A simile is a comparison using like or as.) Illustrate it. Share it. Here is an example: “The sun was like a ball of fire.”

  • Write an acrostic poem (An acrostic is a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, message or the alphabet.) Share it with your family.

 

ILLUSTRATE

  • Illustrate a poem and hang it on your refrigerator, in your room or somewhere your family can enjoy!

  • Pick a page from a book written in the form of poetry and illustrate it. Example: Take a page from Dr. Seuss’ ONE FISH, TWO FISH. RED FISH, BLUE FISH or Any Dr. Seuss book will do.


 

Grades 3, 4 and 5

 

WRITE

  • Choose a poem that you’ve discovered last week and write it in chalk on the sidewalk or your driveway.

  • Write you own poem. Choose a topic: spring, flowers, baseball, unicorns whatever you like! You can use free verse (It doesn’t follow any pattern.) or rhyme.

  • Write a simile. (A simile is a comparison using like or as.) Illustrate it. Share it. Here is an example: “The sun was like a ball of fire.”

  • Write an acrostic poem (An acrostic is a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, message or the alphabet.) Share it with your family.

 

ILLUSTRATE

  • Illustrate a poem and hang it on your refrigerator, in your room or somewhere your family can enjoy!

  • Pick a page from a book written in the form of poetry and illustrate it. Example: Take a page from Dr. Seuss’ ONE FISH, TWO FISH. RED FISH, BLUE FISH

  • Make a picture poem! It can be on paper or in chalk outside. A picture poem is an image created with words and punctuation marks. 


 

4th and 5th grades - ***Challenge  Find a chapter book written in verse, Read it! 

How was it different from reading a novel? Would you read another book written in this form? Could you write a story in verse? Try it! You might like it!

 

A few such books are:

Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woods

Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhha Lai 

Love that Dog - Sharon Creech

The Crossover Series - Kwame Alexander

May B - Caroline Rose

Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse




 

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