It’s hard to believe that National Poetry Month is right around the corner! The way our school calendar works, we typically miss the first week or so of April as we are on spring break. So…I’ve learned to get an early start!
The book, Daniel Finds a Poem by Misha Archer is a perfect way to get first graders thinking poetically. They love the way that Daniel learns about poetry from all the animals around the park–and crafts his poem from their remarks.
Then it was time for the students to start thinking about what poetry is. We started with the stem, Poetry is… As we began brainstorming ideas, we also considered how our senses might help us think beyond just things we can see. Students wrote, beginning their list of what poetry is. Today we returned to our writing, taking a look at where we started, considering the senses we hadn’t yet tapped into, and wrote for another ten minutes. Then we took out the highlighters. I asked students to pick their best (or favorite) three poetry is phrases and highlight them. Wow–there were some gems! Here is a small sampling…
- the hugs that my mom gives me
- moonlight skies with stars shimmering
- the feel of hot water from the bathtub
- the smell of salt in the sea when the waves hit the shore in the morning
- the rustle of newborn blossoms coming out for spring
- the bird tap dancing at the break of dawn
and…poetry is when you look at the sky to find your own dreams.
Oh…out of the minds and pencils of 6 and 7 year olds!
And of course, we had to do some art to create a display for our poetry. Tulips were our inspiration (see yesterday’s post). Using black oil pastel and liquid watercolor, we created vibrant tulip still life paintings.
So poetry month has been launched! How will you launch poetry month in your classroom? In your writing life?
What a wonderful way to launch the best month of the year. Can I steal this idea? I love it!
Of course! Would love to know how your students respond! I do love April too.
Those are some poignant lines of poetry from such young and amazing minds. Thank you for sharing!
You and your first graders are absolutely awesome! I am more inspired for National Poetry Month now. “The bird tap dancing at the break of dawn” is my favorite line. I have just this week started hearing birdsong in the mornings again, and have been thinking that that means it is spring. I will now think of them tap dancing instead.
This post is such a testament to the amazing work you do with your students and how you empower them to go above and beyond. Such a rich classroom environment you nurture! Such stunning imagery and phrases! I may just steal this idea.