April is Poetry Month

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. 

Our focus this week is on reading and listening to poetry.

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day. Find a poem in a book or online resource. Write, type, or memorize the poem and then share it with others throughout the day.

Take a walk to your home library and find poems to read. Many picture books are actually rhyming poems such as Dr. Seuss stories or the Pete the Cat series. Famous poets include Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky.

Take a trip down memory lane and read a nursery rhyme book.
Learn about one of the famous poets on Pebble Go (PebbleGo: Username: engaged  Password: learning)  Biographies database. Poets include: Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, and  Dr. Seuss.

If you like baseball, click on the World Book resource (WorldBook Online Encyclopedia) to read about the famous baseball poem “Casey at the Bat.” Use the search term, Casey at the Bat in the Kids or Students section of World Book.

Enjoy a Family Poetry Reading. Challenge yourself to memorize a poem and then perform that poem for your family. Use your voice and read with expression.  

Listen to poetry on Bookflix (BookFlix: Username: Learning20  Password: Clifford)
Some examples are: Antarctic Antics, The Star Spangled Banner, Owl Moon, The Night Before Christmas.

Nursery Rhymes are back! Sing or say these poems with someone in your family: Mary Had a LIttle Lamb, Hickory Dickory Dock, Three Blind Mice, Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, or any other nursery rhyme that you would like to enjoy with your family.

Listen to lines of your favorite songs and recognize how they are poems set to music!


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