Category : Poetry

Halloween poem and writing activity

A unique Halloween costumeIt is officially autumn, and October is fast approaching. The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp and cool, and it’s time to break out the jeans and jackets! Unless you live in Florida like we do, that is. Still, the coming of October means that Halloween is going to be on people’s minds. And for good reason – Halloween is a lot of fun.

At school, kids are starting to think about what Halloween costumes they are going to wear, what sorts of Halloween parties or activities they are going to attend, and what they’re going to do on Halloween night. Parents are starting to wonder what sort of candy or treats they’re going to give out this year, where they’re going to get it from, and how much it’s going to cost!

Here is a free download of a poem I wrote with a quick writing activity that you can give to your children or students. There are two versions of this activity; a color version that you can display on your classroom wall or bulletin board, and a black and white version that you can photocopy to hand out to your students.

After your students have finished the writing portion of this activity, you can have a classroom discussion to talk about the answers your students have given. You can find out what your students enjoy about Halloween, October, and the fall season, and what sorts of costumes your kids will be wearing when October 31st finally arrives.

Have fun preparing for Halloween!

A winter poem and writing activity

A snowy dayHere’s something fun for your students to do in class during the wintertime – a free winter poem and writing activity.

Snowy Day

I wrote a wintertime poem called “Snowy Day” – just a bit of fun about a kid playing in the snow. I purposefully used the same rhyming scheme used in one of my own favorite poems about snow: “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. If you’re teaching poetry this winter season, you might consider reading your students that one – if you haven’t already done so.

BFFsI have also included an writing activity page with the poem so that your students can analyze the poem. You can also have your students read the poem out loud in class, and discuss it as a group.

I hope your kids have fun reading the poem and completing the activity! And if you’re looking for more winter activities to do with your students this winter season, please be sure to check out our store – we have dozens of wintertime activities on sale there, as well as products for Christmas, New Years, and the 100th Day of School.

I hope that your wintertime is spectacular. Have fun in the snow!

Learning About Haikus

Common Core Poetry: HaikusSpring is here… it’s a great time to learn about poetry and other creative pursuits.

What is a haiku?

A haiku (俳句) is a type of Japanese short poem. Traditionally, haikus have consisted of 17 syllables, with:

  1. Five syllables in the first line
  2. Seven syllables in the second line, and
  3. Five syllables in the third line

However, haikus do not have to follow this format… many famous Japanese haikus are simply short poems with a “cutting” (or juxtaposing) rhythm, often about nature or everyday objects or occurrences. It’s also fun to tell stories using poetry as a medium.

It’s a lot of fun to create your own haiku poems… it takes a bit of work to follow the rules for lines and syllables in haikus and write something that does not sound choppy. It’s not enough to simply write 17 syllables worth of prose from beginning to end… the syllables per line rule means that the haiku should flow a certain way, in a manner that is moving and rhythmic. Getting kids to compose their own haikus is a great way to help them practice following other English grammar rules.

A poster about haikus

Here is a poster that will help you to explain haikus to your children or students in your classroom. The best part about this poem is that it is a poem about haikus, written using haikus! As such, your students can learn about the nature of haikus by reading a short series of haikus.

Common Core poetry lessons

If you’re teaching your students English language arts and literacy lessons according to the Common Core State Standards, here is a packet that you can use to teach poetry. In this packet can be found lessons where students can learn about and compose a variety of different types of poems, including:

  1. Haikus
  2. Shape poems
  3. Alphabet poems
  4. Autobiographical poems
  5. Alliteration poems
  6. Color poems

… and more. If you have been teaching poetry in your classroom, and have been writing other types of poems that are not found in this packet, please let me know! I’d be interested in learning about other, different styles of poetry, and how to create new, unique types of poems.

Common Core Aligned Poetry Unit

First, Second, Third, and Fourth Grades

Common Core standards: 1.RL.4, 1.RL.10, 2.RL.4, 2.RL.10, 3.RF.4b, 3.RL.10, 4.RL.2, 4.RL.10

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