Tuesday, June 12, 2012

First Graders Are Poets...And They KNOW It!

Ahh...the joys of poetry. We spend so much time as teachers teaching, reminding, reteaching, and re-reminding (??) the parts of a complete sentence, rules of punctuation, and other basic mechanics...then, poetry comes along.

The joys of teaching poetry is that it does not have to follow some of the same rules of other types of writing we do in the classroom, but that can be a little scary to let your little ones write with disregard of some of the typical "rules" of writing!

However, this is precisely why I believe poetry is one of the most important ways to teach the kiddos, who don't naturally feel drawn to the subject, how to write! I always begin my big poetry unit with reading aloud a variety of poems written by other kids. We also talk about oftentimes kids are much better at writing poetry than adults because they are so creative!

Case in point...can you think of one adult who would instinctively write a concrete/shape poem about an armadillo?? Neither can I! There you have it...kids are just so stinking creative, and I just stand back in awe sometimes<3

Do you see the armadillo above? This little guy wrote his poem inside his animal's body!

Then comes the nitty gritty of teaching about the many types of poetry! I teach one form at a time, and by the end of the two week unit, my class has a solid hold on how to write SIX DIFFERENT types of poetry!!

We learn one form at a time, and as students discover how each type of poetry is different from the others, I have them assist with posting my poetry vocabulary cards in a pocket chart at the front of the room. My absolute favorite part about my poetry vocabulary cards is that the word is equally as prominent as the picture cue and definition so that their is a quality visual reminder when students are practicing the forms of poetry during their writing rotation of The Daily 5!

Example of the Rebus vocabulary card...the kids were constantly referencing off of these things!

 It's I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-C-E time!!

In case you're interested in checking out the extensive unit I created (and really my kids just adored!) feel free to check it out here!

Ohh-kay...cue the heart melt. Do these types of notes and affections ever get old?! Absolutely not! This proud teacher just had to make a copy...sorry it's so blurry! I zoomed time a zillion from my camera phone:)

 Is it too blatantly obvious that I have a weak spot in my heart for teaching a love for writing? I hope y'all enjoyed the creativisms of poetry from my little hive, and forgive me for making your eyes strain on my last blurry beautiful photograph!
                                             Happy Writing!


  1. I love all of your examples of poetry! I really got into teaching our poetry unit last year & can't wait to do it again. Thanks for sharing your ideas!
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  2. Oh my goodness. I completely agree...poetry is just so fun for them to learn! Thanks Lisa, and I'm so happy to see that you enjoyed this post!


  3. Thanks for sharing your ideas!!
    I'm a new follower :)

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