Hi! I’m Mary Beth from Brain Waves Instruction and I’m so excited to be sharing a fun poetry lesson with you today.
One of my favorite ways to celebrate spring and National Poetry Month is to combine the two. It’s super easy to do…especially with this kid-tested, teacher-approved Spring Poetry Writing Lesson and Craftivity.
I love teaching this lesson! It’s the perfect combination of rigor and hands-on learning. That’s because during this single lesson students review parts of speech, work in cooperative groups, study and write examples of figurative language, write a first draft of a poem, revise their work, and create a fun final copy that’s a perfect showcase of their learning. OK, OK, enough…about why I love it…let’s get right to how you can easily teach this lesson in your classroom. Oh, and don’t worry, I’ve put together all the materials you’ll need for FREE. You can find them HERE or I’ll have links at the end of the post.
So, first things first. You’ll want to gather materials…
Then, give students guided notes on nouns and verbs.
Next, have students put their learning to the test as they create verb and noun cards. Each noun will be associated with spring.
Working in groups, students will sort the parts of speech cards they created into two separate bags.
Taking turns, they’ll pull out a noun and verb one-at-a-time. They’ll add each part of speech to their pre-writing grid on their worksheets.
After a quick lesson on personification, students will begin to combine the spring nouns and verbs that they pulled from the bags into poetic statements. You’ll be so impressed when they combine a noun like “sunshine” and a verb like “smile” into a sentence like “the sunshine smiled upon the flowers below.”
After writing a first draft and then revising their poems using a checklist and help from peers, they’ll write their final copy on a kite shape. (This is the craft part.) To assemble their kite, they’ll punch a hole in the bottom of the paper and add a string.
Making the bows for the kite is super fun. Kids just take tissue paper rectangles, twist them into a bow and glue them to the string.
The end result is a lesson filled with critical English Language Arts skills and a room decorated with the prettiest, most poetic kites you’ve ever seen.
They’re a perfect celebration of spring AND poetry!
You can find all the resources including a lesson plan, student activity sheets, and the kite template HERE. Or, you might like this popular Sequencing Mini-Unit or my newest Expository Writing Unit.
Mary Beth, from Brain Waves Instruction, is a teacher-author with years of experience in the middle school classroom. When she’s not creating student-centered, teacher-approved curriculum she’s busy laughing with her silly sons, finding sweet deals at estate sales, dreaming of beach vacations, and hanging out with her favorite people.
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