Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"Shel" ebrating Words!

Hello Everyone!
I looooove poetry.  What an engaging vehicle from which to celebrate words and encourage kids to write!  Regie Routman has a great little book out, "Kid's Poems- Teaching First Graders to Love Writing Poetry." She discusses immersing kids in poetry to get them excited about writing their own.  Well, from Day 1, we have celebrated poetry...learning some, interpreting others, dissecting yet others.  This week with the help of Shel Silverstein, we ventured into writing some free verse. I used two of my favs from this renowned poet, "Ouch," and "Band Aids" as mentor texts.  We then brainstormed all the things that make us say "OUCH!"  And what kids doesn't love band aids?? We developed our brainstorming into list poems and published them on giant band aids. OH!  Then I let all my little poets have their fill of band aids!  So cute!

The mini unit includes Shel Silverstein poems, brainstorming sheets for "Ouch" and "Band Aids" as well as another of my favs, "Tired" to use as a mentor text.  There is a cute little craft connection for this one too!! I'll post pics as soon as my little poets get them done!

Hope you're having a great day!! Till next time, thanks for taking a peek!