Valentine’s Day celebrations are number one, when you can have some wordplay fun! My third grade homeroom used copy change, borrowing the structure from a writer or author, then used it as a skeleton for writing their own Valentine poems.
The basic poem written by an unknown author was:
Do you love me
Or do you not?
You told me once,
But I forgot.
We changed the word love to like in our first stanza, then added our own second stanza to finish our Valentine Poems. Each student contributes to the book by writing their own stanza, and then illustrating their page.
The completed book is shared with each student’s family overnight and returned to school the next day. Many family members wrote their comments to the students at the end of the book, many in their own rhymes.
Both students and parents really enjoy this activity - The parents thought their kids were smart, sharing this book of poems from the heart!