Today’s feature is a Throwback Thursday post, featuring a blast of poetry hits from the past! I hope you’re celebrating National Poetry Month along with me!
Butcher Paper Poetry
The easiest poetry center ever features butcher paper (of course!), markers, and poetry books. You can read all of the details here. Last time, I wrote the prompt on the paper: “write a poem or draw a picture or both about the zoo.” This year I’ll choose a different subject–sports? school? food?
Poetry Listening Center
You can set out your listening center with poetry CDs for your students to listen to. If you don’t have any poetry audiobooks in your collection, you can borrow some from your local public library.
At our school, we’ll be listening to A Pizza The Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky.
Whisper Phone Poetry reading
You can put poetry books out on tables and let students read poems to themselves with the whisper phones. You can download my whisper phone reading center sign for free here. This lets your students try out poetry without the commitment of checking out the book!
My students of ALL ages love to read with the whisper phones!
Storybird Magnetic Poetry on the SMART board
If you’ve got a SMART board, you can make poetry a group activity as your students move around words to create their own poems. Create your free educator account at storybird.com, choose artwork and then choose “poem,” and you’ll get a screen like this one.
Your students can work together on the SMART board to create a new poem. Take a photo of the poem and share it on your librarian Instagram!
Our Most Popular Poetry Book
Without a doubt, our most popular poetry book is Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs, by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen. It is NEVER on the shelf.
I guess it’s the combination of creepiness and humor–I’m not really sure. But when my students ask for the gray book about dead animals, I know this is the one they want!
What’s the most popular poetry book in YOUR library? Let us know with a comment!