Color Poetry!

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What kind of poetry writing do you do with your youngest students?  I haven’t attempted too much but I have done color poetry with K and 1st grade.  After reading poetry and collaboratively writing poetry as a group, I had my K and 1st grade classes try writing some poetry.

Kindergarten color poetry is something I really enjoyed doing last year and I did it again this year.  I have larger classes, no classroom aide, and a lot more ELL (English Language Learners) students this year so I was a little intimidated at first but it went well!  I grouped the kids with help from my ELL teacher.  She has been working on colors with her students so color poems tied in nicely.

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This was my display last year, I don’t have as much space to hang things this year!

In 1st grade, we got a little more complicated by writing our color poems using our senses.  I modeled writing the poem on my whiteboard and then the kids chose their colors and did their writing independently. They did an amazing job!

2 Responses to “Color Poetry!”

  1. Julie

    I did color poetry with my kindies too. I read Red Sings from Treetops as inspiration first. Then we shared with a partner some colors we like/what the color made us think of. We ‘voted’ on a color to write about as a class. Then the partners worked together again to come up with a word or phrase (had to define what a phrase was) for the chosen color. I then made a list poem using the words or phrases from each partnership. We had two really cool poems about yellow and green. Love teaching poetry!

  2. Emily

    I did Color Poetry this year too! With my Kinders, we first made brainstormed lists of things that fit into each of the color categories. I had all the “colors” sit together, and gave each group their list. It was great reading & writing practice and they felt very accomplished!

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