Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Workshop Wednesday: Poetry

Happy Wednesday!

Jivey picked one of my favorite topics this week: Poetry!

It's one of my very favorite things to teach students-and I spend time on it all year long!

I usually start out by showing them an example of what we are going to do, or show them a SMART Exchange lesson.

This week, we are going to be focusing on Haikus, so I'll be showing this (yes, I know it's grade 1, but it is a good intro-since most of my kids have never heard about it before!) and this.

After we learn a little about the type of poetry, we brainstorm a list of ideas we could use to write.
Then, I usually model how to write a poem (using an opposite topic-for example- if they are writing about Spring, I'll write about Fall or Winter)

Yes, I know those are cinquians-but they show my point :)

Then I send them to work!

They usually do a rough draft, and we edit it-they do it on a nice piece of paper and illustrate.

They love doing it too! Our poetry lessons are usually a fun, quick lesson that they kids enjoy-they always ask if they can do another one!

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. My fourth graders always seem to love poetry as well. I always love it when they ask if they can "do another one" after working on a particular type of poem. Yes! Yes! Yes!

    Fit to be Fourth

  2. I love the idea web that you write on the board :) Great ideas.


  3. Your poems are coming out great! My students are having a blast with poetry too! :)
    Pinkadots Elementary

  4. These look great! Seasons are always fun to write about. :) Thanks for linking up!
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  5. I like that you are doing a lot as a class first! My fifth graders need that too! I think it helps them get the ideas out and get started if we do a class poem or brainstorming together. I also have quite the poetry collection and try to read, read, read to them as much as possible!

    Thanks for sharing your ideas!
    Love the blog!
    My Shoe String Life

  6. Thanks so much for sharing! I love to see kids' samples... :0)

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers


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