The Teacher Report: 5 New Twists on Poetry Month

Poetry Month is here, Poetry Month is here! And besides digging into our favorite anthologies, we’re flipping for some of the supercool activities we’ve seen floating around Pinterest that promise to really engage kids with the power of verse. Here […]

Poetry Month is here, Poetry Month is here! And besides digging into our favorite anthologies, we’re flipping for some of the supercool activities we’ve seen floating around Pinterest that promise to really engage kids with the power of verse. Here are just a few of our favorite ideas:

1. Build a Tower of Poems
We love this hands-on, kinesthetic approach to poetry—wouldn’t it be cool to have every class in your school construct one to make a city of poems?

2. Try Book Spine Poetry
Time to head to the library—in this simple activity, kids write poems from book titles by stacking them in creative ways. 

3. Play With Haikubes
After teaching kids about haiku and their correct syllabic form, place some of these fun dice in a center and see what masterpieces they create.

4. Make Homemade Magnetic Poetry
Store-bought magnetic poetry kits always seem to be missing one or two crucial words—well now kids can create their own versions using old magazines and sticky magnetic sheets.

5. Write Board Game Poems
If you’ve got Scrabble, Boggle or Bananagrams in your classroom, invite students to use the pieces to write an acrostic or shape poem.

Tell us: What fun things will you be doing in your classroom to celebrate Poetry Month?

Hannah Hudson

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Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at hannah@weareteachers.com.

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