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.
I'm planning to hang the Spring poems on a bulletin board with tissue paper flowers. Won't that be bright and springy!?!? :)
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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