Sunday, March 25, 2012

Free Poetry Makes a HUGE Difference~THANK YOU

I tried and tried to think of a witty title, but none came to me. Oh well.
I spent the day (it was really cold outside) binding poetry books for my class. During our IR conferences this last little while, we discovered that the poetry genre is an area that our class needs to read more. A LOT more. My dilemma-where to get resources... What to do??
My solution:
Teachers Pay Teachers. A BIG, BIG hug goes out to the teachers who made these awesome resources available as freebies through their stores. I appreciate it sooooo much and my kiddos will, too. Please click on the picture to go straight to the site.

1. I downloaded these excellent freebies:

(I left feedback for each and am now following the stores)

2. I photocopied each poetry booklet on different coloured paper:

3. I created covers for the books using Lettering Delights and MS Word clipart:

and laminated them for durability...

3. I bound the books using:

4. I have EIGHT (I photocopied each poetry book twice) poetry books for my class!!
**I included the store/teacher information page at the end of each book**

I will also use my Smart Board to display the poems and do shared reading activities. I am trying not to dissect every poem after reading Awakening the Heart by Georgia Heard. FANTASTIC resource, by the way. It's an easy read and Ms. Heard has practical, insightful ideas about instilling a love of poetry in your kids. 
Whew!! That's all for now. What do you do in your class to incorporate poetry?


  1. We do a poem every week and then add it to their poetry anthologies on Friday. We keep the anthologies in their binders that they take home every day, so they have lots of chances to read them at home too.

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Great idea! I used to have poetry duo-tangs but the kids didn't take them home to share. Something to think about...

  2. Thanks for sharing these ideas. We are about to start a focus on genre for poetry. What don't do you use in your posts? Most don't show on my iPad but this one does. Thanks!

  3. Thanks so much for the book recommendation! It is especially timely since Poetry Month is in April! :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  4. Yeah!!!! I'm so giddy! I am so glad to see 2 of my "hard labor' babies on your list. I love poetry and use it all the time. I have Poetry Friday....every Friday, no matter what! Everything else takes a back seat on Fridays. My students look forward to it...and I love to hear from them (and their parents, too) what a wonderful keepsake it is. This week (short week) I'm working on 3 more ideas to go along with 3 poems in the 2nd Grade Treasures Poetry Journal... the kids are helping and supporting me throughout the process. They love to tell me that drawing are "pretty"...and not pathetic like I think they are. LOL! I hope you have a lot of joy with the new poems and the journal you've created for your kids. Thank you for talking about me (my journals) on your blog.
    Just 4 Teachers: Sharing Across Borders
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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your resources!! The kids in my class were so EXCITED to read them yesterday!!

  5. Great ideas!! Thanks for sharing :)

    Color Me Kinder

  6. I have those poetry downloadables too!!! they are so great!!

  7. I LOVE the Georgia Heard book! I use it at the beginning of the year and then have the students create their own heart maps. They keep their heart map inside their writer's notebooks as a source of ideas when they have writer's block! Great resources and Ideas!! I am your happy newest follower!

    One Teacher's Take

    1. My kids created heart maps, too!! They loved making them and keep them in their ww binders. Thanks so much for following!


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