Sunday, March 31, 2013

Poetry Month and April Currently

Posting twice in one day is my April Fool's Joke...but really, I'm going to do it!  :)

Welcome April...and Poetry Month
I'll be honest.  I. am. not. a. writer.  When it comes to Poetry, I am especially not a writer!  So when a teacher friend of mine was going on maternity leave, and she needed someone to pick up Poetry club for the year, I was kind of absolutely dreading it.  Instead of planning one club meeting at a time, I decided to do it all at once so that I would feel well-prepared.  My Poetry Unit highlights 7 different types of poetry and can be used for 1st-3rd grade!

The 7 different types of poems you can find here are autobiographical, acrostic, diamante, shape, haiku, cinquain, and couplet poems.  I have found that all of my students can identify with at least a few of these poems, and through modeling the poems during my teaching, I even enjoyed teaching it!  Shhh...don't tell anyone, though!  The unit also includes graphic organizers, publishing pages, and recommendations for picture books to use as mentor texts.

You can also click here to see my post from last year on how I used the unit in my classroom with the Poetry Club.  

Here is the Poe-tree I put up in my room last year.  It's things like this that make me really miss having my own classroom and making the room all about learning and student work.  

April's Currently
Farley has done it again with another great Currently!  She is always so creative, but most of all her posts are real.  I've never met her, but I feel like I know her, Bubs (her son), and her classroom.  If you have some time, hop over, read some other Currently's, and enjoy Farley's posts!  

I also posted a Math Freebie game today on place value, so hop over to grab the review game for free! Click on the image to link to my post!

Alrighty, gotta run!


YoungTeacherLove said...

I am on Spring Break too, and am SO happy to do absolutely nothing! Although that usually means crossing of things on my crazy to-do lists as well! Take care and enjoy your break!

Young Teacher Love 5th Grade Blog

Miss Nelson said...

Love that the loft is having a sale! Hope you have a wonderful Spring Break. Mine ends tonight :(

Daliene said...

I'm behind on my training too! I'm going for 7 miles this week and I am NERVOUS! lol Fun to find you through my friend Farley :)

Tania said...

I may have to do some shopping. Thanks for sharing the code!
My Second Sense

Rae said...

Love, love, love you Poet-Tree! I have just purchased your Poetry Unit and I can't wait to use it with my kids during Poetry Month! Thanks

Mindful Rambles

Rebecca said...

Stopping by to check out your Currently! I just ended my two week spring break, and it was awesome! I hope you enjoy yours!

Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox

Donna said...

Thanks for the Loft code. May need to shop before my Spring Break ends in about an hour! I didn't go anywhere either, but still loved it. Yes, the Hokies need a much better season of football this year!! I'm a new follower of yours, by the way!

Hokie Teach

The Brown-Bag Teacher said...

Love your poet tree! We started poetry last week and I would love the include this. :)

The Brown-Bag Teacher

Miss T said...

We have a Loft's amazing what you can score!

To-do lists...only thing I like about them is checking things off hahaha!

I'm your newest follower :)

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Shannon said...

I just returned to school today from a great spring break. Even though we had a fantastic day at school I miss the relaxing that I was able to do!

Enjoy yours!