A Classroom of Poets

This week we will be finishing up our Writer’s Workshop unit on poetry. In this unit, the children have learned about lines and stanzas, rhythm, meter, rhyme, exaggeration, poetic license and the importance and value of using their imaginations! We have supplemented our learning by reading the books of some published adult poets. The children have been continually inspired by Jack Prelutsky and his amusing and informative book, Pizza, Pigs and Poetry. In this book, Jack Prelutsky challenges young poets to think about their own experiences, including those that were weird, gross, or funny and use those personal experiences to create poems.

We also shared the book, Guyku, by Bob Raczka, to get some inspiration for creating Haiku poems. What a great book! It really showed the children how tiny moments from their day-to-day lives can make powerful poems. Over the course of this unit, the children have tried their hand at different types of poetry including rhyming and non-rhyming poems, concrete poems and Haiku. Visit the “Writing Nook” page of our classroom blog to enjoy some of the Haiku poems that our class created! Here are three fabulous samples to pique your interest!

Beaches by: Will

I always find shells

at the warm, sandy beaches.

Sometimes I find crabs.

So Big! by: David

The picture is small.

The art is made. It looks so

BIG with its designs.

Floating by: Miranda

You float through oceans

in waves as big as buildings,

seaweed at your side.

A few items to make note of:

*There will be no new spelling words this week. Students will be practicing past sorts/patterns.

*Please remind your child to put his/her name on homework. Many are arriving without names and that makes it very difficult to give credit and return it to you in a timely fashion.

*If you have not already done so, please send back a signed slip indicating that you have seen and read the Book Talk information.

Thanks, as always, for your continued support!

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