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Poetry Games for the Classroom - 22 Creative Ideas

Poetry Games for the Classroom - 22 Creative Ideas
Some kids love poetry. Their eyes light up when they get the chance to compose their own verses. But for others, poems are met with groans and grumbles. That’s where these fun poetry games and activities come in. Kids will be surprised at how accessible and meaningful poetry can be, no matter their age or interests. Before you start, check out our favorite poems for sharing with elementary students and middle and high school students! We receive a few cents if you purchase using our links, at no cost to you. 1. For most of us, nursery rhymes were the first poems we read, and they’re the perfect place to start with poetry games. Learn more: Toddler Approved 2. Introduce poetry to little ones with a paper bag filled with several items of different sizes, shapes, textures, etc. Learn more: Bulldog Readers and Bobcats Blog 3. This is a cool way to introduce older readers to a poetry unit. Teaching online right now? Learn more: Nouvelle ELA 4. Learn more: The Classroom Nook 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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Listening for detail: “Kilkelly, Ireland” American songwriter Peter Jones discovered a collection of letters in his parents’ attic written by his great-great-great grandfather, Byran Hunt, to his son, John Hunt, who had emigrated from Kilkelly in Ireland to the United States in 1855. The Great Famine in Ireland had forced large numbers of people to emigrate in search of a better life. The five-stanza ballad he wrote based on these letters cover the time period from 1860 to 1892. “Kilkelly, Ireland” is a breathtaking, thought-provoking song in which family news, including births and deaths, are shared for a period of thirty-two years. In the activity, the students listen for specific information by writing an explanation for each of the words, names or pictures in the timeline.

7 Poetry Activities Students Love I enjoy shape and collage poetry, but sometimes I want to challenge my high school students more. Since concrete poetry is something that interests them, I incorporate a twist off of concrete and found poetry, which is called the crot. (It’s named as such because it’s reminiscent of a short, purposefully fragmented sentence, which students can use when composing it!) You can read all about how to teach students to write the poem here. I ask my students to write this creative poem based off of nonfiction source inspiration. In that way, students are creatively writing informative research texts.

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The Giant Storymaker – Ideas for a Hundred Million Stories Storytelling is one of the most important acts of communication. Every day, in our contacts with friends, relatives, colleagues and acquaintances we share stories, anecdotes – things that happened to use, stories we read about in the news, on social media, stories we heard through others. _______________________________ In class, story building and storytelling can get somewhat neglected. Most modern coursebooks have little by way of getting learners to narrate. Photo Credit: Gisela Giardino via Compfight And yet storytelling for fun, storymaking and sharing can be serious or playful, and learners can be given the opportunity to practise producing sustained talk/long turns or write imaginative fiction producing their own stories or story episodes.

National Poetry Month: A WHOLE MONTH of Poetry Activities for Secondary ELA — Bespoke ELA: Essay Writing Tips + Lesson Plans For this poetry revision activity, students are to observe poems written by the Imagists such as Ezra Pound and then revise one of their poems in the style of the Imagists. The Imagists were known for using specific, distinct images that painted a vivid and clear image in the reader's mind. This revision practice challenges students to use specific imagery in their writing and helps students replace vague, ambiguous, generic language with more visual details. Online Poetry Activities for National Poetry Month National Poetry Month is celebrated in April to remind us that poetry matters. Poetry can offer solace during trying moments, and now might be the time to show our learners how that works. Below are some lesson ideas that might inspire learners to document their thoughts and feelings with poetry. 16 Words: William Carlos Williams & “The Red Wheelbarrow” Are you familiar with the poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams? I learned about this poem by reading 16 Words by Lisa Rogers and Chuck Groenink.

Worksheet-free Vocab Revision Activities – Clare's ELT Compendium What do you do in those last 5 minutes of class when you’ve finished everything that was planned? Or when energy levels hit a low during a lesson? Or in that lull while the next student gets ready to present, or whatever? We all know about the need to revise and recycle new vocabulary in language lessons, and in this post I want to share a few vocabulary revision activities that teachers can slot into any downtime that might occur in a lesson! 5 Poetry Activities for Students in Grades 3 to 12 Each year, when I tell my students that we are going to write poetry, a few are excited, but the majority let out an audible sigh. They often have the misconception that poetry is about following a lot of rules and using words that they don’t understand. They’re more open and excited when the focus shifts toward sharing their ideas and feelings with others in a creative format. With each new type of poetry I teach, I work through writing a poem with them and talk through my thinking. Showing students that their teacher’s writing is far from perfect and sometimes comes out a lot different than envisioned empowers them to create their own work. I also model the risk-taking of starting a poem and the beauty of improvement through revision.

Happy Earth Day Choice Board! As we get ready to celebrate Earth Day this week on April 22, I brought together several of my favorite Capstone eBooks, PebbleGo articles about Helping the Environment and the special... ...2020 Earth Day Pledge poster that goes along with the Earth Day story and song. Many of the eBooks in the Earth Day Choice Board, including Earth Day, The Story of Earth and this series, Caring for Our Planet, are Cantata Learning book which are paired with songs and music making it fun for families to learn about these important topics together. These two eBooks are part of the Exploring the Planet with Science Projects series bringing meaningful activities around the Earth to homes too. You will find the Happy Earth Day Choice Board here. Feel free to share it with your students, families and community too.

The Fish Bowl: A Cooperative Learning Strategy {Post 5 of 5} Share on Facebook0 shares on Facebook Well this wraps up my 5-part series on some of my favorite cooperative learning activities I have used over the years. If you missed the first 4, you can find them here: “Expert Groups,” “Q and A Match-Up,” “Four Corners,”and “Circle Chats.” Poetry - Fun and Engaging Lesson Ideas for Secondary Students - The Secondary English Coffee Shop When I tell my students we’re going to read a poem, start a poetry unit or write poetry there is usually a collective groan from the crowd. My heart sinks a little and I try to put on a bright face and tell them it is going to be “fun”. The groan gets a little louder… Anyone else experience the same thing? Fear not my teacher friends… I promise I can make teaching poetry fun! First Things First…

Free Digital ABC Memory Booklet - Teaching with Jennifer Findley Are you needing digital end of the year activities to wrap up the school year with your students? I have shared my printable ABC memory booklet several times on the blog (click here to see it and a few other printable End of the Year freebies). It is always a favorite collaborative class project for the end of the year.

How to Get Your Mind to Read In one experiment, third graders — some identified by a reading test as good readers, some as poor — were asked to read a passage about soccer. The poor readers who knew a lot about soccer were three times as likely to make accurate inferences about the passage as the good readers who didn’t know much about the game. That implies that students who score well on reading tests are those with broad knowledge; they usually know at least a little about the topics of the passages on the test. One experiment tested 11th graders’ general knowledge with questions from science (“pneumonia affects which part of the body?”)