Need poetry centers for spring? If you're new to teaching spring activities such as spring poetry writing, this diverse set of creative writing materials and ideas will help you reach your particular group of students. Download the free PowerPoint presentation on Poetry Terms in the preview file!
This spring poetry writing unit encourages students to apply background knowledge and content knowledge about bugs, flowers, plants, and everything spring in spring poems. Choose for students to write their own spring poems or create a class poem. Students can also write spring poems in small groups of two, three, four, or more!
Here is a sample spring poem included for teacher modeling, one of four in the unit:
Spring is Sprung!
A Spring Poem by Angela Baca
Slippery snails in soil
Peek their heads from their shells
They love spring
They inhale flowery, earthy smells.
If I were a snail,
I would look around
I would turn over
And enjoy blue skies and fluffy clouds
From upside down.
I love spring breezes and scents,
Reminding me of heaven
Next to Earth
I'm full of suspense!
Step outside and breathe
The universe is always recreating you
Be the new you in spring!
Why not combine a celebration of spring activities with the lyrical writing of Dr. Seuss or another poet? This poetry unit offers students a simple, poetry writing process. Why not unlock the collective imaginations in your classroom?
Writing a class poem with rhyming couplets (among typical Dr. Seuss activities) or another kind of poetry in this spring poetry writing unit will help kids practice multiple skills. Spring is a fun topic with many extensions into science. Think bugs, flowers, seeds, plants, birds, animal babies, and blue skies! Breezes, lazy days in the sun, picnics, and more!
This unit helps kids to:
1) Practice inventive spelling and syllabication with made-up words,
2) Write a story in poetry form and use it multiple times for choral reading,
3) Practice vocabulary words from content areas, and
4) Write and illustrate to the best of their abilities in independent poetry writing centers.
Detailed teacher instructions/suggested sequence
7-question multiple choice quiz with answer key
Graphic organizer for planning poem
Sample class story with word organizer
Three illustrated poems: "The Honeybee" "Spring is Sprung!" and "Beautiful Butterfly"
Task cards x 8 - (students consider Inferencing, Visualization, Rhyme Scheme, Internal Rhythm, Title, Details, Editing, and Word Choice!)
Writing process poster
Definition of rhyme poster
Poetry center / creative writing center directions (includes ex. of ABAB rhyme scheme)
Gardening word cards (for vocabulary development and visualization)
Poster - What makes a good poem?
Visualization instructional page
Spring writing paper (honeybee, caterpillar, etc.)
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For older kids (2nd grade and up), you could even use these poetry spring activities for a creative writing center.
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