Poems, Poems Everywhere!
Immerse children in language and decorate your room with a poem!
Language Experience Charts – Write poems on language experience
charts and hang them around the classroom. If you hang
them on a pants hanger or attach with book rings to a regular hanger, you can move them around the room to different locations.
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Posters – Write poems that relate to seasons or holidays on posters.
Let children decorate them with markers, crayons, paint, or
other art media.
Bulletin Board – Create a special bulletin board for displaying
favorite poems or original poems that children write.
Classroom Door – Post poems on your classroom door. Have children
recite them as they are waiting to go out in the hall.
Pocket Chart – Write poems on sentence strips and use them in a pocket chart.
Chalk Board – Write favorite poems on your chalkboard or dry erase
board and use them for shared reading activities.
Teacher’s Desk – Post poems on the front of the teacher’s desk, a file cabinet, etc.
Picture Frame – Place poems that children enjoy in a picture frame and
hang on the wall. A picture frame could also be used to display original poems by the children.
Poetry Tree – Use an old Christmas tree, or make a poetry tree by sticking
several dry branches in a pot of dirt. Write poems on index
cards, then attach to the tree with clothespins. Encourage
children to “pick a poem” and read!
Pocket Poems – Write poems on index cards and keep them in your pocket
(or on a book ring) to use during transitions.
Poetry Tapes – Make tapes of favorite poems. (Parents, children, the
principal, and other “celebrities” could read them.) Have children follow along with a printed copy.
Hint! These could be used at a listening station or with a walkman.
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