Great for the 100th Day & much more! These poetry-writing activities and games will have students, thinking, regrouping within 100, writing, discussing, editing, revising, critiquing, laughing, rhyming, designing, collaborating, and publishing individually, in small groups, and with the entire class. Word selection & group editing hacks included.
Standard options for each element are summarized here. More options are shared in the subsequent student pages and game-specific teacher notes and tips. Printables, graphic organizers, & low prep!
3 Warm Ups: Ideally, Ss will have some experience with rhyme and basic poetic structures (e.g. couplet). Either way, the 3 fun ‘rhyme time’ warm ups allow Ss to review 39 common morphemes, share successful narrative rhyme via picture books, and analyze tight vs. near vs. clunky rhyme pairings.
2 ‘Speed Editing’ Formats: These processes allow students to efficiently review, discuss, and make suggested edits to peer work. Ss group, re-group and move around as they interact. Individual opinion is voiced and consensus is reached efficiently.
6 GAMES – flexible, scalable, efficient; see specific pages for variations (e.g. group vs. center work)
Just Get to 100! – Ss collaborate to brainstorm & refine a list of 100 rhyming words. Paper chain design adds a hands-on element to racing the clock. Thematic options add layers.
100 Pairs of Shoes – Ss each compose a thematic couplet. Eager writers write more until there are 100. The couplets are split and the matching hunt is on! Editing and thematic options, too.
100 Valentines – A thematic variation on the above.
Class Poem: 100 Words – Ss collaborate to write one thematic poem with exactly 100 words.
Class Poem: 100 Lines – Ss collaborate to write one thematic poem with exactly 100 lines.
Tower of Poetry – Ss ‘publish’ a rhyme list or poem by printing individual elements on 100 stackables (e.g. cups) and then engineer the tallest tower possible with the words/lines legible and in order. Variations galore!
CCSS / College & Career Readiness
L.3.5 / L.5
L.3.3 / L.3
SL 3.1 / L.1
W.3.5 / W.5
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For 25+ years Katie Engen has taught in public and private, formal and informal, K-16+ settings. She has a B.S. and M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, a Professional Clear Certificate from Loyola Marymount University in California, and enjoys ongoing PD, especially in STEAM. Katie has worked with students with a wide range of abilities, supported K-16 educators and public outreach professionals, and individualized instruction to meet many special needs.