We have been having so much fun the last couple of weeks with our Poetry Picnic! Nope, no food is involved, but students have been getting a "taste" of all kinds of poetry. They have been visiting stations in the library where they create poetry, listen to poetry, read poetry, and share poetry. Take a peek at what we've been doing.
First Grade discussed list poetry and we used the poem Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown as our inspiration to write list poems about bugs. The first graders even created their own bugs to go along with their poems.
Kindergarten learned about list poetry. We read several list poems, such as, Sick, by Shel Silverstein, Bleezer's Ice Cream by Jack Prelutsky, and Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown. A list poem is simply that - a list. However, it is not a random list; it has certain characteristics. We discussed how a list poem usually starts with a similar beginning and end and the middle lists words to describe or go along with it. It often uses repetition and it can include rhyme or not. We created list poems by brainstorming all the things that might make us say, "Ouch!" Then the students turned their list poems into giant band-aids and got to use a "silly band-aid" to pose for their picture.
Whoever thinks poetry is boring never tried Blackout Poetry! Blackout Poetry was created by writer Austin Kleon when he had a bad case of writer's block. He used a discarded newspaper to find words or phrases that stood out to him and crossed out the unnecessary text. The result? A poem! Watch this time-lapse video showing the process.
This type of "found poetry" was very popular with the 4th and 5th graders. Take a look at some of their work!
Because of our devotion to our wonderful Authors in April program every April, there is never enough time to celebrate National Poetry Month. Therefore, we will be making May our poetry month at Musson! Look for all kinds of creative poetry from every grade level as we begin this fun and exciting unit.
First up, 4th grade Spine Book Poetry! This type of poem uses the titles on the spines of books to create lines of poetry. Fourth graders worked individually or with partners to create their poems from fiction titles in our library. They then took a picture of their poem and emailed it to me so I could display them here. Take a look at their amazing poetry!
Coming soon...Blackout Poetry!
Mrs. Jackie Luci is the Information Literacy Specialist at Musson Elementary.
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