As if to buffer ourselves against the winter chill, many of my grades are beginning poetry units. I've found several ideas that I will be trying with my first, second and third graders.
This year I will once again create "Spine Poetry" with my third graders. I can no longer remember who suggested this idea, but it's a lot of fun. Students roam the fiction shelves in search of three or four books to stack - forming a poem in the process. Here are some pictures of last year's poems:
website to use for composing poetry on the fly, especially if you are lucky enough to have an interactive Smartboard! Use this to reinforce sight words too!
And finally, I was intrigued by this idea of Paper Bag Poetry. I may have my students compose their poems directly onto a brown paper lunch bag.
How are you fending off the winter blues with a poem or two?