Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Poetry Power

Hello Everyone!
Happy April! Poetry Month!! We are feeling so great!! We have poetry power! My kiddos became poets today! After gleaning inspiration from one of my favorite literacy guru's, Regie Routman, we made an anchor chart describing what poetry can help us do and what we already know about poetry. Poetry is "Powerful Points in Puny Packages!"
Then I decided to let the kids "have-a-go" with writing their first poems. Our inspiration? Spring and "list poems." We brainstormed as many adjectives (some made up words!) as we could think of on chart paper. Now...which words to choose for those poems...?? AH-HA! Whirling Word Watchers to the rescue!  I have been saving small water bottle for some time. We put in some paper punch confetti and put wiggly eyes on the top. Then each kiddo got a small wooden cube and wrote his six favorite words. The cube went into the bottle. TAH-DA! Whirling Word Watchers!! :) The kids had to whirl the bottle around and find the words!  Those words were written onto a rough draft of the Spring List Poem. After a bit of editting, we were ready to publish! We love publishing with a craft connection!! They turned out beautifully!! We are Poets!!

Whirling Word Watchers!!! 

For a printable of our Poetry Power mini posters and anchor chart, click here

I'm so glad you stopped to take a peek into our day!!  I hope you find your Poetry Power!!


  1. I've searched high and low for a "really good" poetry anchor chart and here it is. Thanks for sharing the chart and the spring poetry idea. Loving it!

  2. I love all of these awesome poetry ideas! I even started a new Pinterest board for them all! Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower!

    Rockin' Teacher Materials

  3. I love being able to share what I know has worked for me and what I know will engage little learners! Thanks for the positives, and I am so glad you can use some of the ideas!! :) Nancy

  4. Wow! you are an artist!! I LOVE your poetry anchor chart! You rock and I am so glad to be your newest follower!!!

    One Teacher's Take

  5. I love the poetry power anchor chart! We are just starting our poetry unit this week- and I may have to snag your adorable idea. Thanks for sharing- I am your newest follower!

    The Second Grade Superkids

  6. I love this!!! We are homeschoolers and I will definitely be using this!! Thanks!! By-the-way, I like your blog so much that I just linked you to my blog. :)

  7. I cannot download this wonderful poetry anchor chart or posters. Are you able to send it a different way? Thanks so much!

  8. can you put this in pdf so i can download it, would love to use it, thanks

  9. Thank you so much for your stunning ideas and amazing creations. God bless you. You are an inspiring teacher to teachers. Rosyanne Mauritius


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