Thematic Thursday Gets Poetic

Thematic Thursday is a weekly teacher linky party focused on the sharing of ideas for a different theme each week. This week's theme is Getting Poetic, and bloggers are asked to share their favorite books and activities to teach and enjoy poetry Feel free to link up your blog post and intended grade level for the resources and ideas you share. You may post links to your free products that fit the them of the week.  
This Pinterest board has been formed to collect our planning sheets as well as other themed resources. Feel free to follow it or pin to your own collection.
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Book Suggestions for the study of 
Poetry and Poetic Devices
Several years ago, I was lucky to hear poet, Brod Baggert speak to our student body, and I have treasured his book, Giant Children, ever since. He did a fantastic job knowing his audience with that book, and I still recall the full belly laughs of the children as he shared, "Booger Love".  I can't say that I was laughing *that* much, but I did have a chuckle even though the imagery left me feeling a bit ill.  

Another favorite poet of my has to be Jack Prelutsky.  He has several wonderful anthologies published, and I have them included in my carousel widget above. I have used a few of the poems from A Pizza the Size of the Sun this week with my students as we discussed sensory words, imagery, author's purpose, context clues, and main idea.  Today, I used a scavenger hunt freebie from my bloggy buddy, Andrea Crawford, and the kids had a great time. You can access her freebie [here] or through the image below.

Finally, I must highlight the books by Shel Silverstein.  They are classics in the poetry world, and I've had them in my children's library their whole life.  Next week, we'll be working on visualizing, so we'll continue with talks about sensory words and how we imagine scenes.
Poetry Activities for any Poem
Fun Activities to 
Explore Poetry
One of the best ways to build excitement about poetry is through the use of a Poet Tree. As students find poems they enjoy or you as a class share poems, you add them like an ornament to the tree for others to see, read, and enjoy.  Here are a few adorable visuals of trees that have been done by other.

I love the idea of repurposing the Christmas tree for this project, and honestly, it isn't really a seasonal project either. You might do it all year long. 

Poetry Resources from 
Comprehension Connection
Last year, I decided to try my hand at writing poetry, and I developed two product lines.  The first set is intended for our youngest readers.  It is a set that helps students develop a concept of word. This means that the student accurately tracks print and matches spoken words to the corresponding words. I wrote up a long post about COW for Classroom Tested Resources that will go live tomorrow morning at 6:00 AM.  You can catch that post [here] to learn more about how to work with your K/1 students on this very important skill.  Below are the links to the COW sets in my store. The summer set will be coming in May and will work well for those teaching summer school, in a year-round program, or for those that need end of school/beginning of school themes.

The other poetry product I have developed are the Poetry for your Pockets sets which are more complex with multiple stanzas.  Most are rhyming poems and on themes children enjoy.  They are all original poems by me that can be used for fluency building, rhyme scheme, sightword work, and comprehension work. Rather than insert the set for each season, I'm linking up just the bundle.  It includes about 40 poems in black/white and color.

Video Resources for Poetry

Favorite Poetry Websites 
This website provides students with interactive tools to create their own structured poem.  Examples of the types available include animal poems, bio poems, all about me poems, and more. There are also interactive tools to help students with figurative language such as similes and metaphors. The link is in the captions.

Another fantastic website is Giggle Poetry. It is just plain fun! Your students will beg to read more. 

The next site has much more than poetry resources. For any reading teacher, this site should be on the go-to list. It includes interactive writing apps, comprehension materials and online lessons, organizers, and these wonderful interactive tools. Use with your whole class on the smartboard or in a lab setting.  

The last sight is the sister site to Giggle Poetry, and it's aimed at struggling kids to try to hook them in. Bruce Lansky and Kathleen Norris share tips on hooking kids and helping them write.  It's lots of fun. 
Before I sign off and let my bloggy friends link up, I thought I'd share one other freebie with you. This is an analysis page that you can use with poetry for the upper grades. It follows my fifth grade standards. Enjoy!
Analyzing Poetry Freebie

Have a great weekend, and be sure to link up your favorite poetry resources or posts. post signature

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