You are purchasing 40 half-page task cards to be used with poetry from Shel Silverstein's book, Where the Sidewalk Ends. They tasks will encourage students to respond creatively to the poems.
Download the preview file, and there are 2 usable task cards so you can try them out! There is also a complete poem list in the preview so you can see the 40 poems included. (Where the Sidewalk Ends, What's in the Sack, Smart, Jimmy Jet and his TV Set, and more!)
The task cards are included with the page numbers to make it easy for you and students to find the poems. I also included a set without the page numbers in case your page numbers are different.
-40 half page task cards
-student checklist (they color in the pencil as they finish a task card)
-notes to teacher
Why aren’t the poems included in this packet?
Shel Silverstein’s poems are protected under copyright laws, and it would be illegal and unethical for me to include typed copies of the poems.
How to Use:
Option 1: Creative Writing Center
These task cards make a great creative writing center in your classroom. You could trade out cards weekly, or leave a few at a time so students can have a choice. Also make sure you have the Shel Silverstein books or copies of the poems at the center. Have students record their responses in a poetry response journal, notebook, or just a plain sheet of paper.
Option 2: Whole Class Prompt
Read a particular poem to the class and enjoy it together. Then, have students respond to a prompt and share responses with the class. This makes a great time filler and also a fun activity to leave on a sub day. You could also use them as a fun Friday afternoon assignment.
Option 3: Morning Work
Instead of the typical morning work in the morning, have your students read a poem and complete a creative writing task.
Option 4: Early Finishers
Leave the task cards and the poems out in a station for early finishers to complete at their own pace.
How to Grade:
While it is my belief that not everything needs to be graded, and some activities such as creative writing are valuable in and of themselves, I also know that as teachers, we are required to have x amount of grades in the grade book. For this reason, I created a very simple rubric to use. Use the provided rubric to grade individual responses, or what I usually did was grade the notebook holistically. For instance, if students did one response per week, I may grade the notebook every four weeks using just one rubric. (Mainly because it gets to be too much to grade it more frequently). You may also choose to do these just for fun or for practice, and then periodically collect one for a grade or have students submit their best one for a grade.