is Poetry Month! Here are some poetry resources to help teachers celebrate
National Poetry Month or use these resources throughout the school year
to practice language and literacy skills.
Lesson Plans\Poetry Thematic Units\Poetry Activities
To Make A Poem: This poetry writing lesson can be used
across all grade levels, and equally enjoyed by all as well. Students
will first divide and cut their papers, list ideas, similes, words,
etc. that they like on those slips of paper, and then try and put them
all together like a puzzle. Comes from poetryclass.net
designed by The Poetry Society to help teachers bring poetry alive in
Poetry Online: Choose
your category, select a background, and then click
and drag your words to create your own "refrigerator" poetry
with this online poetry game site from BBC. Email the poetry to your
Workshop: Have your students meet the author, then sit
back and relax for this poetry workshop, a sure way to have fun in the
process of creative writing. A Teacher's Guide is included, along with
assessment and rubrics guidelines.
and Street Rhymes:
Several chants illustrate the appeal and rhythm of this classic type
of poetry, designed to be orally enjoyed. Explore how chants use rhythm
and repetition to create a beat, then draft your own poems and try them
out with jump ropes.
Poetry - Fun poetry for children
Template:This printable template is geared
toward grade one students who are just beginning to explore writing
their own poetry. Kindergarten students might also enjoy the lesson
plan with a bit of help from the teacher; word banks could be written
on the blackboard to either create a class poem, or can be listed for
students to draw from to write their individual poems as well.
Have your students decorate
pebbles with paint, then choose words from a word list to write on them,
according to your grade and skill level. You can create your poem as
a class once your pebbles are all dry. Make a new poem each week for
a changing poetry garden vista.
Guide National Poetry Month
(Grades Prek-2) - Several good lessons
to Write a Bio Poem
to Write a 5W Poem
to Write an I Am Poem
to Write a Name Poem
to Write a Cinquain
to Diamond Poem
Straw Painting: Learn
the form of haiku poetry and Japanese brush painting at the same time
with this lesson plan. Students will be creating their own ink and brush
paintings in order to illustrate their written haikus.
Japanese Poetry Writing - Haiku can be a way through which
children can express their inner souls, a window through which one can
see a child's world.
Haiku - Students
read and write haiku about animals in spring.
Your Students Into Well-Versed Poets - More than 20 poetry
lesson plans help teachers develop "well-versed" students.
Stage a poetry slam for profit, find the funniest poems around, write
synonym poems, more! Included: Links to poetry sites, rubrics, and sites
that publish student poetry!
Do you know what hink pinks are? How about hinky pinkies or hinkety
pinketies? This fun activity builds vocabulary was it exercises rhyming
and syllabication. Students will enjoy coming up with clues and trying
to fool you or others.
- Poems and art activities transform primary classroom bulletin boards
and serve as a wall-to-wall portfolio of student work.
- Students construct and illustrate a list poem that expresses personal
likes and dislikes.
Days of Poetry - This collection provides twenty different
lesson plans, each with its own format for students to experiment with
and "discover" that they actually enjoy this genre of creative