Bring a little light into your classroom with these two candle poems!
This little resource is another way to brighten the spirit of the season for all your students regardless of which holiday they celebrate.
"Eight Little Candles" contains two original poems which I wrote, and discovered work very well for choral reading with second and third graders! I needed some holiday poems for us to practice reading, and this is what I came up with. Choral reading, as we know, is not only fun but improves fluency! You can also have your kids read one of the poems as a readers theater.
Poetry is encourages creative expression, meaningful connections, figurative language, and new vocabulary, as well as self-reflection and interpretation of words and feelings.
This little resource contains the following original poems:
*Eight Little Candles (poem)
*Eight Little Candles in a readers theater format
*If I Were a Candle (poem)
*Writing prompt (2 stationery designs) for "If I Were a Candle".
*Plus, a very easy, low prep paper craft activity which can be used for the readers theater or as a stand alone project.
-All you need is a toilet paper roll/tube, and cut out/color the candle page.
-Add name, glitter or any little decorations (e.g., stickers)
-After taping or gluing onto a paper tube, let it stand in a window sill and let their little lights shine.
-Or, just hang on a bulletin board.
-No two candles will look alike!
1. Have students illustrate the two poems and their own writing.
2. These pages with student illustrations would create a nice little book.
3. Have students copy the shorter poem for handwriting practice.
4. Ask them to choose a few phrases and turn them into their own poems. (These are called "found poems".)
5. Try tea lights! Set them in front of their poems during a shared reading. Mount/frame their poems and place on a little wire book stand or other prop. This is wonderful for a parent night.
6. When you make the candle craft, add a tea light behind the paper candle. Then turn out the classroom lights!
7. Most of all, enjoy the warmth of the season...and let them shine their own little lights!
Wishing you Joy and Peace all year long!
I do hope you enjoy this free item. If you do, I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks for stopping by!