Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Bunny Blog Hop

A Tisket, A Tasket, Freebies for your Basket!
Several phenomenal teachers and bloggers are joining forces for an amazing bunny blog hop!  As you follow us along the bunny trail, you will visit some of your favorite blogs and discover a few new blogs too!  Each with a fabulous freebie just for you!
Thank you for hopping on over to my blog! 
Did you know April begins National Poetry Month?  As a student, I always loved writing poetry.  However, as a teacher, I've always disliked it.  Maybe it's because I didn't really know where to start with poetry and how to get kids excited and confident about writing poems.  In my six years of teaching, I've discovered that starting a poetry unit with acrostic poems is the way to go!  Read on to find out more and to snag a SPRING ACROSTIC POEM FREEBIE!

First, I gathered kiddos on the carpet, and we discussed poetry in general.  I wanted students to understand that not all poems rhyme, and "the look" and syntax of poems are different than the "regular writing" we do.  I've often found that students who struggle with writing do very well with poetry because the typical conventions are tossed aside!  Yay!

Next, we created a circle map all about "Spring."  Thinking maps and graphic organizers are very familiar to my students so they had no problem coming up with ideas and content.
Then, as a class, we created two Spring acrostic poems TOGETHER.  I wanted students to realize that while everyone is writing about spring, their poems should look and sound different than their neighbors' poems.  We used words and ideas from the circle map to make these two poems:
I'm planning to hang the Spring poems on a bulletin board with tissue paper flowers.  Won't that be bright and springy!?!?  :)
Click on the pictures below to download the templates!
You can also get this freebie by clicking "Download" next to the Scribd logo!  

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!  If you are new to my blog and liked what you see, don't forget to follow me.  A Tisket, A Tasket, next up with a Freebie for your Basket is Jennie from JD's Rockin' Readers.  Hop on over!

Just in case you didn't join us from the beginning, here is an ordered list of all the participating blogs.

Stephany from Primary Possibilities
Sally from Elementary Matters
Lory from Fun for First
Linda from Primary Inspiration
Nicole from Mrs. Rios Teaches Second Grade
Brian from Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings
Liz from The Happy Teacher
Jennie from JD's Rockin' Readers
Sarah from Learning is for Superstars
Teresa from Fun in K/1
Nikki from Teaching in Progress
Faith from Kindergarten Faith
Renee from Fantastic First Grade Froggies
Amy from Happy Teacher Heaven
Leah from Learn with Leah
Nicole from Teaching's a Hoot
Kristy from The Phonic's Phenomenon
Rich from Mr. Giso's Room to Read
Susanna from Whimsy Workshop
Amy from Motivate to Learn
Lola from Preschool Wonders
Kimberli from Mixing the Next Batch

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten said...

Love this!! Thanks!

Kimberly Ann

Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

Mrs. Rios said...

Love your blog, and the freebie! Thanks.

Nicole Mrs. Rios Teaches Second Grade

Primary Possibilities said...

I have the same issues with teaching poetry! Thanks for this freebie and the great ideas!


Sarah Hankinson said...

Thanks for the freebie and good idea!

Learning is for Superstars
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Sandra said...

Thank you for your freebie. I do the same project and they always turn out so cute. My class loves poetry. I love your blog and I am a new follower.

Classroom Companion

lola said...

This is great! Thank you :)
Preschool Wonders

Lory Robinson said...

Love it! Thanks so much.

Fun for First
The Robin’s Nest

Nicole J said...

This is perfect for April - National Poetry Month! Love this idea, can't wait to try it with my firsties! =)

Teaching's a Hoot

Nikki Sabiston said...

Thanks so much! Now if spring would just get here already...:)

Teaching in Progress

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