Floor-etry

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Have you seen floor-etry on Pinterest? Last year I saw this pin and had to try it. I can’t believe I forgot to share it with you! I have been sorting my pictures because I take tons and I found these and realized I never shared. I didn’t get a chance to do floor-etry again this year but I’m going to make sure I block out enough time for it next spring. I did this with second grade but I think it would work well for any of my grade levels except K because it would be a lot of writing. My first graders could do it by spring. At the time, the kids were studying fairy tales in the … Continued

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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 … Continued

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More Poetry

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I’ve enjoyed Poetry Month a lot this year and hope you are too!  This is the second time I’ve celebrated Poetry Month and this year was better than last year since I’ve become more and more comfortable with teaching poetry and sharing poetry with my students. I normally structure my 30 minute library classes to have a 15-20 minute lesson followed by check out and centers.  I usually do all poetry centers during checkout but I tried a different approach after seeing how my colleague, Jennifer Reed, used poetry centers to help students to dive into poetry.  In a few classes across a few different grade levels, I introduced poetry month by letting students use library centers for the whole library … Continued

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Happy Poetry Month!

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I hope you’re off to a good start if you’re celebrating poetry month! I’m easing into it between finishing up projects and since we have so much testing going on, my schedule has been a little wacky. I’m doing a lot of centers I tried out last year and keeping my eye out for some new activities this year. If you have any poetry inspired centers to share, let us know! Some things I’m continuing from last year are Storybird, Table Top Poetry, my magnetic poetry center. As soon as I get Word Mover on my iPads, I’ll be using that and LEGO poetry is a big hit again this year. The moon poem is by a second grader and … Continued

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LEGO Poetry

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I’m FINALLY getting around to posting about the fun poetry month activities I did at the end of last year! I think I’ve mentioned poetry has always been something I tended to avoid because I wasn’t very comfortable with it. I was inspired to give Poetry Month a shot after seeing a lot of fun-looking poetry activities on Pinterest and by other library teachers (especially Jennifer Reed!). One poetry activity I was looking forward to trying out all year was LEGO poetry. I used this as a center with K-4 and it was a hit!  Many teachers even got in on the action! It was very interesting watching how students built their poems.  Some kids created poems that read from … Continued

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Poetry/Story Board

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Happy June!  The school year is winding down has been crazy!  I’ve been weeding, inventorying, and organizing the library.  The kids have been wrapping up projects in all my library classes and we have had librarians from the public library visit to talk about summer reading.  Needless to say, I’ve been busy!This is a center activity I hope to use for multiple activities.  So far, it has been used to write poetry but I think it will also be used to write sentences or stories.   I bought another oil drip tray from Autozone for a magnet board.  I cut out any interesting words I found in my giant stack of to-be-read magazines that have been sitting in my living room … Continued

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Jackpot!

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I have a long list of library projects to do this summer, including this one.  When I saw Duplo projects on Pinterest, I knew it was something I had to incorporate into my library.  I struggle with poetry and thought Duplo poetry would be a great center during poetry month. The blocks can also be used to write sentences or stories.  I also love having hands on activities like this and Library Trivia Jenga (and so do the kids!). This morning when I was out for a run, I noticed some signs for a bunch of tag sales around the corner from  me.  I stopped home for some cash and headed over, hoping I could at least find a cute … Continued

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Spine Poetry

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Spine poetry is a fun project I did with 4th grade this year.  I don’t love teaching poetry but this project really got the kids excited to create poems.  Students worked in small groups to make poems out of book spines.  Here are a few of my favorite examples:  

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