Poetry Friday this year was magic! The students looked forward to celebrating poetry. We started every Friday with a poem and this message on the board:
-Read around the poem
-Think around the poem
-Share a poem & Love a poem
The students learned through constant modeling first trimester what those 4 phrases meant. What 5th grader doesn’t love breaking the rules of grammar which is what poetry can be about? What 5th grader doesn’t love reading the poem “Boogers” and laughing hysterically? We built our community of poets and finally by winter we had a few students writing original poems and sharing them each week. We responded with all of us clicking our fingers loudly. The class actually decided original poems clicking and poems shared from books clapping.
We celebrated poetry third trimester with students writing their first poem of the year with teacher directions. My all time favorite poetry book is When Riddles Come Rumbling Poems to Ponder. A perfect subtitle for this book. The word ponder allows students time to think. I used the book as a mentor text all year. I first introduced it to my class with context clues. Next I used it for strong description (adjectives). Then I used it in our Earth and Space science class. We used it for defining the word: attributes before we started discussing characterization in reading. Finally I had the students write their own poems and that is when Love a poem came alive this year! Poetry Friday is magic!
Thank you Linda for hosting Poetry Friday at TeacherDance