It’s the end of December and you’re still plugging away, counting down the days until winter break and some must needed R & R. Are you looking for some engaging – yet literacy based, authentic and meaningful – activities to round out the end of 2015? Turn to poems and look no further!
Poetic Presents: Creative, Festive and Fun
There are many ways to integrate poetry into your classroom. (See https://literacywithlisa.com/category/poetry/ for more ideas).
But one of my favorites is to have students give poems as gifts to someone special for the holidays. There are two ways to do this: the student writes an original poem or the student chooses a favorite poem to share as a gift.
Option One: Student writes an original poem
If you’ve written any other poetry this year, allow your students time to reflect on their work and choose a poem that speaks to them. Or, they can create a new poem just for this occasion.
List poems are a great place to start because they are just like they sound – a list! Have a class discussion of different topics/words that relate to the season and create a chart. Then let the students choose one that interests them.
They can create bookmarks:
Or just copy the poem onto paper, glue onto construction paper and illustrate.
Another idea is to make cards and place the poem inside.
Option Two: Student shares a favorite poem from another author
How special is it to receive a piece of writing that someone chose just for you? Give your students time to read poems and find one that reminds them of someone special. (Or just a poem that they really love!). Then, like the example above, they can copy the poem over, illustrate it and give as a gift (on construction paper or inside a card).
Option Three: What other ideas do YOU have?
Be creative and share them below in the comments section.
And for more ways to get started with poetry in your own classroom, read this: 5 Easy Ways to Get Your Class Excited About Poetry. Then choose one idea and get started today.
You’ll be glad that you did.
P.S. Parents – read the connection below!
Parents, you can do this too! This is a great way for your child to give something special to another family member or friend this holidays.
All you need are the following materials:
a few poetry books
yarn (optional – for the bookmark)
Give it a try and let me know how it goes!