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Have students colour a picture that accompanies popular nursery rhymes.
Baa, Baa Black Sheep (colour online)
Baa, Baa Black Sheep (colour off-line)
The Itsy Bitsy Spider (colour online)
The Itsy Bitsy Spider (colour off-line)
Have students colour and cut frames of a popular nursery rhyme and then
put the pieces in sequential order.
Jack and Jill Sequencing
Humpty Dumpty Sequencing
Who Has Seen the Night?
Have students capture their sense of what night is like by writing a poem.
Have students express themselves by e-mailing a poetry greeting to a friend
or a family member.
National Poetry Month
Early-fluent and fluent readers will create shape poems/stories using
word processing or draw and paint software.
ECTLP Lesson — Apple Writing
Sound of Poetry
Have students practice vowel sounds by watching and listening to animated
BBC Words and Pictures — Shockwave Poem Pack
Have students write an acrostic poem or name poem, a poem that uses a name
or word to begin each line in a poem.
Poetry Writing: Friendship
Have your students write poems about what being a friend means.
Poetry Out Loud
Have students discover the music of rhythm and rhyme when they read a poem
out loud. Hold a poetry reading in your class. Ask students to select a
poem and practice reading with a partner. Students can also use a tape recorder
to experiment with different ways of reading the poem.
A New Stamp
Students can honour their favourite poet by creating a postage stamp. Have
students include the poet's name and important dates on the front of the
stamp. Students can also include a poem or a paragraph that tells something
about the poet on the back of the stamp.
Large Stamp Outline (PDF)
Small Stamp Outline (PDF)
Poetry Word Finds
How many poetry words can students find in a word puzzle?
Poetry Month (PDF) (easy)
Poetry Month Answer Key (PDF) (easy)
Poetry Month (PDF) (hard)
Poetry Month Answer Key (PDF) (hard)
Favourite Thing Poem
Have students choose a favourite thing, and then create a poem using models
to choose a form.
An Apple A Day: Poetry Samples
Find out who's the fastest "tongue twister" in your class!
Funny Poetry for Children
Have students create a biopoem by describing themselves or another student
in an eleven-line poem.
Biopoem Poetry Page
Put Together a Poem
Students can create poetry by rearranging words on-screen.
Writing a Cinquain
Have students use a simple structure to write poems about things that interest
I Sing My State
Many songs celebrate our country. Have students write poems to celebrate
The Poetry of Power
Tips from a Poet
Have students view animated tips for writing from poet Kristine George.
Tips for Young Poets
Like a Diamond in the Sky
Send students into "space" to write diamond-shaped poems. Have students
read several diamante poems about the U.S. space program, and then write
one of their own.
Can your students unscramble the hidden words?
Poetry Scramble (grades 2-4) (PDF file)
Poetry Scramble Answer Key (grades 2-4) (PDF file)
Poet Scramble (grades 5-8) (PDF file)
Poetry Scramble Answer Key (grades 5-8) (PDF file)
Finish the Poem
Here's an easy way for your students to practice being a poet. Each of
these newfangled Yankee Doodle Poems is missing a word or sentence. Can
your students figure out what they are?
The New Adventures of Yankee Doodle (easy)
The New Adventures of Yankee Doodle (hard)
What Am I?
Have students read very cool, very funny rhymes and then try to figure
out what type of object is "speaking." If there's time, have students write
their own "What Am I?" poems.
Do your students know that "Rap" stands for Rhythm and Poetry? Have students
find out more by reading a "Rap" rap and then taking a quiz to test their
What is Rap?
Wacky Web Poems
Introduce students to poetry in a humorous way. Have students fill in the
blanks to create humorous poems.
Joy to Odes
Introduce "odes" to your students by having them read one and write one.
On Your Toes with Odes
Have students turn their own adventures or those of people they admire
into ballads and epics.
Civil Rights Ballad
Your students can use Dudley Randall's "Ballad of Birmingham" as a model
for ballads about people and events in the Civil Rights Movement.
A Ballad for Freedom
Poetry Crossword Puzzle
Have students test their knowledge of poetic terms in a word game.
Poetry Answer Key (PDF)
KidzPage! Poetry and Verse for Kids of All Ages
This lively site provides classic nonsense poems and sing-along nursery
Glossary of Poetic Terms
Here you will find definitions of terms used in poetry.
Here are biographies of twelve poets, provided by students from an Arizona
Classic children's poems are featured at this site.
Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets is the primary sponsor of National Poetry
Month 2001. They have put together a comprehensive site that features "Find
a Poet" (more than 200 poets, including many children's poets); "Find a
Poem" (more than 1000 poems); lesson plans, a listening booth, discussion
forums, links, and more. The Academy is sponsoring the "Nominate a Poet"
project to select poets for U.S. stamps. You can send for a free poster.
Poetry for Upper Elementary Students
This is an excellent selection of poems for grades 6-8. Students will
enjoy reading and reciting them.
America's Favourite Poems Project
Robert Pinsky, 39th U.S. Poet Laureate, initiated the America's Favourite
Poem Project that includes Americans reading their favourite poems. Here you
will find information regarding this project, including links to videos and
PBS Newshour and Poetry
The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has compiled a list of every poetry
program they've aired during the past several years. Also featured are lesson
plans, links, poems, and "Rules, Tools, and Forms."
This is an international writing project that features poems created by
students from around the world. In addition to poetry students have included
links to sites related to their poems. The Grahamwood CLUE students in Memphis,
Tennessee began the site, which is maintained regularly. Here you can easily
submit student poetry.
Mike's Collection of Nursery Rhymes
This is a collection of more than 500 nursery rhymes organized alphabetically
and by subject.
The Mother Goose Pages
Here you will find a brief overview of nursery rhymes, ideas for reading,
an indexed list of rhymes, and recommended books and resources.
Fun and practical poetry site for Primary
School children. It has lots of great teaching ideas which will
really appeal to kids.
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