Did you know that April is "National Poetry Month?"
It's a great month to expose your students to this fun reading genre! Whether you do an entire unit on poetry, or just touch upon it for a week, students are sure to get excited about poems! There are poems for everyone! There are so many resources both online and in hardcopy!
It's easy to get lost online perusing through the gazillion poetry websites for kids. Here is just one of my favorites that can help students practice fluency, poetry terms, word work and more!
This site teaches students how to write a poem, and read with expressions (there are sooo many poems right on the site for students to practice reading in the "poetry theater" link). There are also interviews with many children poets. There is even a section where students can read a poem and rate it! It would be a great site for students to explore during computer time!
In addition to this online resource, I also wanted to share with you a fun game that I created that your students can complete at a literacy/poetry center. This center will give your students practice in identifying different elements of poetry (similes, metaphores, hyperbole...etc...).
On each "pocket" there is a poetry element. These elements include:
Students read poetry cards that have an example of one of the elements listed above. The student places the poetry card in the correct pocket (a total of 4 cards per pocket). Then, the students show their work on a recording sheet.
It's super easy to put together:
There are a total of 6 "pockets."
I recommend laminating all of the pockets and cards for durability.
You can glue (or staple) the back of the 6 pockets on the inside of a file folder to keep all of the pockets together, or keep them lose and store all pockets and cards in a ziplock bag.
Assessing your students' understanding of the elements is easy by collecting this recording sheet:
I've provided an answer key too! Even better :)
Use this game during the month of April or any time of the year that you expose your students to this fun genre!