Sunday, September 23, 2012

Poetry in Our Classroom

I love using poetry in the classroom, but sometimes it feels like there isn't enough time!  I started by giving each student a poetry journal for their book bag:


Each week we cut out our poem, color it in and then glue it in our notebooks.



We would practice the poem when I handed it out and that would be it.  The students could read the poems during Independent Reading.

This year, I decided that wasn't enough.  I am going to create a poster for each poem and we now recite the poem together during Morning Meeting. 



 On a random note,  I decided to clean out underneath my kids cubbies.  They haven't been cleaned since I moved into the classroom 4 1/2 years ago.  Talk about wasted space!  And talk about your dusty materials - eww!

Here's the before picture:

And the after:

I was prompted to do this when my students were trying to put away their Fun Friday materials above the cubbies (and wayy above their heads).  I was so impressed and proud of them for taking care of their materials!  But I was a little nervous that the game boxes were going to pop open and rain down on their heads.  Right then, I decided I wanted to dedicate the bottom of these cubbies to materials that they can use during this free time:


So much better!  Way cleaner and much easier for my students to reach.

11 comments:

  1. Much better use of space! Bet that was just so much fun cleaning!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

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  2. I love cleaning- such a good feeling right? I use poetry books too- my littles love it! :)

    Kimberly
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    The Learning Tree

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  3. I am just starting poetry journal with my kiddos this year. Curious what resource you pick your poems from?

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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  4. We learn a poem a week and that add it to the binder that they take home every night. It's fun stuff and great for fluency too. Your journals look great!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  5. I loved the poem,so cute,I use poems a lot in my teaching

    Lusine
    Enjoy Teaching English

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  6. Poems are a great way to build vocabulary and fluency aren't they?! I've always posted a poem in the room, but I don't think it is too late to start a poetry journal! Thanks for sharing!
    Jenny
    Owl Things First!

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  9. Hi, I'm looping with my first grade class up to second next year. I've always used my poetry notebooks weekly as my kids love it, and its great fluency practice. I was curious to as which poems you're using, as I need a whole new set since if can't use my poems next year with the same group of kids. Much is appreciated.

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  10. Hi, I'm looping with my first grade class up to second next year. I've always used my poetry notebooks weekly as my kids love it, and its great fluency practice. I was curious to as which poems you're using, as I need a whole new set since if can't use my poems next year with the same group of kids. Much is appreciated.

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  11. Hi, I'm looping with my first grade class up to second next year. I've always used my poetry notebooks weekly as my kids love it, and its great fluency practice. I was curious to as which poems you're using, as I need a whole new set since if can't use my poems next year with the same group of kids. Much is appreciated.

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