April is National Poetry Month and Earth Day is April 22nd! This packet contains several poetry ideas for Earth Day activities. These activities will help you extend your current poetry study or help you begin a mini unit with a focus on Earth Day.
There are six sections in this product. They can be taught in any order, although I'd recommend beginning with the poetic devices before teaching more specific forms of poetry.
1.) Similes - I created 3 differentiated activities to guide students to write similes about nature. For students who need the most support, they will brainstorn words and then create a comparison. For students who need less support, they will create a comparison based on a given characteristic (ie, the birds are as high flying as____). For your independent writers, they have a basic frame to complete (the ocean is as _____ as ______).
2.) Simile & Metaphor Sort - Students will sort 4 similes and 4 metaphors on a recording chart.
3.) Alliteration - I created 42 Earth Day themed topics. Students chose a slip and brainstorm as many words as they can with the same beginning sound.
4.) Personification - Students use a "personification builder" to begin sentences with personification. Students will independently complete the sentences. The cards include a subject, a verb and a preposition.
Forms of Poetry:
5.) Cinquain - I've included a poster with the definition of Cinquain, and example and a brainstorming sheet.
6.) Haiku - To help you teach haiku, I've create a poster with the definition, an example, a sensory organizer, a drafting sheet and a publishing page for four haiku.
In all, you should have at least a week's worth of material to support your poetry study and to create poems to share on Earth Day!
Any questions? Please ask!