Here’s a plethora of poetry links and a free download to get you started!
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National Poetry Month 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month this April
April brings an abundance of great things…warm spring days, National Poetry Month, and a free Simple Solutions sample lesson to name just a few! Young children often start out loving poetry. Jack Prelutsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, Shel Silverstein, the Shaker Abecedarius, and many delightful picture books, too numerous to mention, enchant young ears and minds.
All too often, however, the enjoyment of poetry wanes as children age, and teachers struggle to rekindle the interest their students once had. While poetry should never be relegated to just one month a year, National Poetry Month certainly offers an excuse to focus extra attention on this under-appreciated form of expression.
Spend some time on the top of Lear’s Crumpetty Tree. Below you’ll find a lesson featuring one of Edward Lear’s funny poems and some links to poetry-based interactive activities, lesson plans, and delightful poems.
SIMPLE SOLUTIONS SAMPLE LESSON
OUTSTANDING POETRY SITES FOR KIDS
This “essential guide to using poetry in the classroom” is a exceptionally delightful collection of poems and ideas that will most certainly spark student interest in poetry. Ideas include student-created scary monster poems, ways to help students use alliteration with example poems, writing a class poem, haiku, and so much more. Your students will be eager to pick up their pencils and take a stab at poetry writing.
Comprehensive calendar of poetry ideas for the classroom, several themed events around poetry and children, and perhaps, best of all, a link to Lesson Plans by Theme, a broad range of topics that includes poems of various levels of sophistication. Topics include music, science, immigration, love, Martin Luther King Day, autumn, politics, the environment, family, and Halloween.
A fun site that includes a host of online interactive activities, such as Acrostic Poem maker, Theme Poem writer, Word Mover, and Letter Poem Tool.
Note: These activities require the plug-in FLASH. Either use the Internet Explorer or allow FLASH in Chrome.
A few articles on children’s poetry for teachers followed by an extensive list of thoroughly enjoyable poems for children.
Shel Silverstein, A.A. Milne, Robert Louis Stevenson, e.e. cummings, Lucille Clifton, and many other famous poets are collected here. On the right-hand side of the site is an extensive list of additional poem categories worth exploring.
Play online hangman featuring poetry terminology such as simile, meter, and limerick with your students.
Yes, its Sesame Street, but the irony of a rhyming motorcycle gang will entertain older students, as well.