As I was doing my lesson planning for this week, I thought about how I wanted the kids to feel at the end of the day. Because the math tests were taking an hour of my literacy block, I decided to steal that time back during my scheduled math time so the kids could have more than 30 minutes to read or write. We're in the tail end of our study of myths and legends, so I knew they would be planning and writing their legends. April is also National Poetry Month, so I wanted to work in some poems as well.
I made the decision to take that hour after lunch to read and discuss a poem or a poetry picture book and then invite the kids to try out whatever poetic device or poetic form featured. So far, we've read Dogku by Andrew Clements, some recipe poems I found online, Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerWater, and Falling Down the Page by Georgia Heard. Each day, the energy and buzz in the classroom during our literacy studio have been amazing. The kids are trying out their poetry writing without hesitation. I see them taking risks and playing with words and rhyme and meter, reading their writing out loud to each other to see how the poems sound. They are playing with poetry.
|Students experiment with color poems inspired by Amy Ludwig VanDerWater's Writing the Rainbow Challenge|
There has been no silence in my literacy studio this week. There has been no stillness.
And I am TOTALLY fine with that!