We began to study poetry this week... and it was a short one! We didn't have school on Friday, so I spent four days getting our feet wet. We haven't gotten into any of the heavy, more involved components of my poetry unit. Instead, I tore a page out of Deanna Jump's book. We also spent time dissecting the genre, because I want to scaffold my kiddos A LOT before I expect them to be poetry connoisseurs!
We discussed the meaning of poetry and how the sensory language in poems helps us to visualize. I used two posters from my poetry unit as anchor charts. Then, we created Green Giants using the Jack Prelutsky poem. I thought the idea was cute when I read about it on Deanna's blog, and it was so concrete! It was perfect to launch mental pictures with poetry. Of course, my students have been drawing mental pictures all year, BUT I want them to zone in on all of the subtleties in poetry when we get into more sophisticated poems. This was a great launching pad. We also worked with "My Neighbor's Dog is Purple". If you'd like to use music to incorporate poetry and mental pictures into your genre study, I used Philadelphia Chickens, and the kids sketched Pig Island while the music played! (I wish I would have snapped pictures, but we were so busy that day. I forgot!) I love all of the books/cds by Sandra Boynton! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
|The little speech bubble in the corner says, "Oh my hamburger!" Too comical!|
We explored similes again, this time within the context of poetry. I finally got a chance to use the little visual aids I made from the Lettering Delights Woody Whatnots set! We read Crazy Like a Fox, and the kids got to complete each simile before I turned the page to find out which one the author actually chose to use! Then, we used my poster set to create new similes that branched off of each example. Lastly, the kids were able to make simile books or posters to create their own NEW similes! They really enjoyed working on these, and I loved seeing how creative they were! One of my history loving students created a "Military Simile" book using similes like "as quick as a fighter jet" and "as sly as a guided missile". Creativity! As luck would have it, my camera died after this photo was taken.