Poetry for first graders

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  1. Unregistered

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    Apr 18, 2004

    Hello!
    I am a first grade teacher and it is my first year. As a school all first graders are writing poetry. Any ideas on some simple poems to help with teaching it?
     
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  3. czacza

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    I think it's best not to focus on rhyming poetry - most kids who try rhyme force it and it really isn't good. Young kids are natural poets because they look at the world in quirky, poetic ways- like 'the acorn cap is a teacup for the squirrels' kind of stuff. Find a few poems that are written with 'poet's eyes' to describe things- sheeplike clouds, snowflakes like confetti, that kind of stuff. Your class should only need one or two of these to get rolling...
     
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  5. Autumn

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    Apr 21, 2004

    Hi, I'm new at this but I wanted to reply to your question.
    There is a great book by Regie Routman called Kid's Poems. He has a book for K, 1st, and 2nd that I know of. I'm sure he has one for higher levels. It really has great ideas. But one that my first grade class has really taken off on is the repetitive poem. Demonstrate first by picking a subj. that they may be interested in. I chose "class" and we created a poem like this.
    Class, Class,
    boys and girls
    Class, Class
    likes to talk
    Class, Class
    Etc.
    Now the children chose a topic and write a poem using the repetitive phrase. Even my low children really enjoyed doing this writing activity. When we have free write, I have many children who still write repetitive poems. Good luck and I hope this will help
    Autumn





     
  6. Bookworm

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    Apr 21, 2004

    Here are some I have used with my class.

    adjective
    noun
    verb
    blank, blank, is blank

    Here is an example:
    White
    Snow
    Falling
    Winter is coming.


    List poems

    Summer fun
    Summer read
    Summer sun
    Summer nap
    Summer swim
    Summer hike
    Summer fun

    Cinquain

    five line poem using syllables

    line 1- 2 syllables
    line 2- 4 syllables
    line 3- 6 syllables
    line 4- 8 syllables
    line 5- 2 syllables
     
  7. Autumn

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    Apr 22, 2004

    Thanks for the good ideas. I 've used the list poems before but look forward to use the adjective, noun, verb , blank is blank




     
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    5 W's

    Answer the five W's in this order.... Who, What, When, Where, Why

    Snowman
    Standing tall
    A cold winter day
    In the yard
    If it was hot he'd melt
     

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