April is National Poetry Month. It is a great time to get your students excited about poetry through reading and writing activities. In this blog post, I talk about four different ways to incorporate poetry into your lessons to help make poetry fun and exciting for students.
1. Read Alouds
I love using poems as time fillers when you have a few minutes to kill before your next activity. They can be highly engaging for kids and help them become critical and thoughtful thinkers. Check out this virtual library for my favorite poetry read alouds freebie. It includes classic, diverse, and modern poets.
2. Poetry Escape Rooms
My Secret Garden Poetry Escape Room resource is the perfect way to teach your students about classic poets. Incorporating poems from Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, Maya Angelou, and Langston Hughes, your students will be engaged with meaningful poetry as they answer high-level questions about poetry meaning, language, and poem elements. Your students are not too young to delve into the beauty these poets create with their words. Each escape room is crafted with poems and excerpts that are age-appropriate and students will be able to connect to. Resources are available in 2nd – 3rd and 4th – 5th grade levels.
3. Learn About Types of Poems
Pique your students’ interest in poetry by teaching them about the various forms of poetry. Poetry can have different purposes and meanings, whether it be emotional or silly. In order to make poetry fun, it’s important to explore different poetry styles. Then have students write their own poems. If you are looking for grade-appropriate poems and activities, you can check out my Types of Poems Targeted Practice Unit. In this unit, students read and write poems such as free verse, rhymes, haikus, limericks, and more! They will also be engaged in the study of various elements of poetry.
4. Poem in Your Pocket
Pick a week in April to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket. Encourage students to read poems and find poems they love. For upper elementary, encourage students to rewrite their favorite poem or poems. For primary students, have copies of poems readily available that students can pick from. I’ve also seen primary teachers make poetry necklaces, which is a lot of fun too. School staff and teachers can stop students at any time to read their poem in their pocket. This is a great way to foster relationships and get students excited about poetry.
I hope these tips help you make learning poetry fun and exciting for your students. If you are looking for more poetry resource ideas for the virtual classroom, check out my post about celebrating National Poetry Month during distance learning.