Sunday, 12 April 2015

National Poetry Month

Poetry

National Poetry Month began in 1996 in the States, and in 1998 in Canada. It was brought about to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American and Canadian poets, as well as poets all over the world. It assists teachers in bringing poetry into the classroom and homes of all students. 

Should poetry be celebrated all year long? Of course. It is very easy in the primary grades to enjoy poetry all year long. Most texts have an element of poetry to them at this age. I think the struggle comes at the intermediate level to really introduce the vast world of poetry. 

I like teaching poetry in my class, because it breaks all the rules and lets my writers, write. It takes away conventions that they are normally restricted to on a daily basis. It gives my young writers' freedom to say what they want to say. 

The centers included in this package are just a stepping stone to the introduction of poetry. This package can work for all ages of writers. 
Our bundled package includes a poetry writing contest with certificates and guidelines. I added this to the package because I found that most contests were not open to my student's age group. It also allowed us as a school to recognise some incredible poets. 

Spring into Poetry month includes: 
Do it yourself instructions, examples and activity sheets for Acrostic, Cinquain, Haiku, I Wish, Rhyming, 5 Senses, Shape, and 5W’s poems. This package can be made into centers or used as lessons as a whole class. There is a student record sheet that keeps track of which centers the students have completed and a certificate acknowledging their EXCEPTIONAL achievements in poetry. It also includes a step by step response to poetry section. Students are asked to share what they think, feel and wonder about poetry. Two response sheets have been included. 
As a Bonus*** it includes 36 rhyming word cards that can be used when creating their poems. 

-8 different types of poem explanation sheets / lesson with examples
-8 center instruction sheets easy for students to read and follow
-8 worksheets (with two variation activities)
-36 rhyming cut and match word cards
-Student tracking sheet for centers
-Certificate of Completion
-Explanation of the Importance of Responding to Poetry
-Easy steps for responding to poetry 
-2 student response activity worksheets



Our Bundle Package includes:
-8 different types of poem explanation sheets / lesson with examples (Acrostic, Cinquain, Haiku, I Wish, Rhyming, 5 Senses, Shape, and 5W’s poems)
-8 center instruction sheets easy for students to read and follow
-8 worksheets (with two variation activities)
-36 rhyming cut and match word cards
-Student tracking sheet for centers
-Certificate of Completion
-Explanation of the Importance of Responding to Poetry
-Easy steps for responding to poetry 
-2 student response activity worksheets
-3 Poetry Response Book Covers
-A picture list of our favorite books of poetry
-Explanation on how to make a Poetry Response Book
-8 Poetry Response Questions
-Information about the contest
-Notes to the teacher 
-Guidelines and Poem Styles
-Format and Illustrations
-Parent letter for 5 word challenge
-Parent letter for (blank- your choice) word challenge 
-Rules and Regulation Contract/Entry Form (with 5 word challenge) 
-Rules and Regulation Contract/Entry Form (with blank- your choice word challenge) 
-Judging Rubric
-Participation Certificate
-12 word cut out cards (Earth day theme)
-12 word cut out cards (General theme)
-5/blank word individual student challenge fill-in sheets
-2 blank activity poem sheets/2 Earth Day Poem activity sheets 
-Parent Letter and Entry Form “Earth Day” Theme
-Parent Letter and Entry Form “General” Theme 

I will be posting some of the students work later this month. 

Autism Awareness Day


This year on April 2nd we celebrated "World Autism Day". The students purchased light up bracelets in support of Autism research. I found two incredible texts for explaining the exceptionalities of students with Autism. These were great for the younger students in my class, who have lots of questions and compassion.  
These are worth hunting down for next year to share with your class. 




Hope everyone enjoyed the great weather this weekend. 

Christine