Poetry for Intermediate Grades
Children’s Poetry Day is on Sunday, March 21st. Some great ideas to get intermediate grade children involved in poetry, and creating their own, come from some of our Really Good teachers. Check out the ideas below to get yourself, and your class, inspired to read and write more poetry!
Plant a Poetry Tree by Marlys, 1st Grade Teacher, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
To make a poetry tree of your own, locate two or three large, but thin, tree branches that have fallen on the ground. You can paint your branches or leave them natural.
Put branches in a vase with pebbles in the bottom to secure it and avoid tipping. Also, secure vase to table top by setting it on “feet” fashioned from modeling clay. Provide students with green paper cut into the shapes of leaves. Have students use the leaves to record favorite lines from poems, or poems they have crafted themselves. Students can also use leaves to record fun facts about favorite poets. Show students how to punch holes in the leave and thread with ribbon or yarn so they can be hung on the tree branches. When it is time for new leaves students can store old leaves in a nearby basket or place them in an inexpensive photo album for others to read. You can also use seasonal shapes, such as hearts, flowers, butterflies, etc. instead of leaves.
Poetic Performances by Sheila, Grades 7 & 8, Hannibal, Ohio
Help students research books, magazines and the Internet to locate poems that please their ears and capture their imaginations. Set aside class time so students can practice rehearsing and memorizing their poems. Plan a performance day. On the big day, arrange desks in a circle so the center of the room is free for poets to read or perform aloud. When students are not performing they can take turns being positive “poetry critics.” Adhere craft sticks to large index cards printed with a number of different poetic attributes such as, funny, thoughtful, sad, bouncy, rhyming, silly, sweet, etc. After each individual performance, allow critics to hold their signs up one at a time and tell why the poem did or did not embody each attribute. This is a good activity to schedule for other classes to watch, or when you expect class visitors, such as parents.
Combining Poetry and Painting by Artist Blenda Tyvoll
Blenda Tyvoll, whose painting is shown above, created a perfectly blended poetry connection. Using a poem’s words as inspiration (she used the words of A.E. Housman, an early 19th century poet), have students paint a background picture on the canvas and inscribe the words of a poem on top of the painting. This really good idea works especially well with students who have an easier time expressing themselves in the form of paintings or drawings.
How do you get intermediate or primary students interested in poetry?
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