Thursday, April 22, 2010


April is Poetry month.  I always try to do at least a few poetry forms with my students.  

This year, 'Fancy Nancy -- Poet Extraordinaire!' was available through Scholastic Book orders.

I ordered it and was pleasantly surprised to see some lessons forming in my head as I read it the first time.  If you haven't read these books, you should.  I shied away from them for a while, as I thought they were just another set of princessy books for little girls.  The books are eye-catching, fancy, and actually are the greatest books for vocabulary development.  This little girl likes everything fancy including fancy words.  She uses the greatest words and then the author goes on to say what the words mean.

Like this... It's a song, and the lyrics -- which are the words--also count as poetry.   And this... (Anonymous means nobody knows who wrote this.  There are lots of fancy words in poetry!)

The book introduces different poem forms, some which we have done in my class this month.  My students love Fancy Nancy and this book was no exception.  There is a poetry club such as Fancy Nancy has, which meets after school.  Yes...I have had the pleasure to read some of the poems:)

Following are student samples of what we have done with name poems and diamonte poems, all around a Spring theme.

For this poem, the background was a separate art lesson.  It is a fun technique, very easy and adaptable.  I put the finished product through the photocopier to copy the flower acrostics on it.  The lesson can be found here.

Diamonte Poems -- the shape of the finished poem worked nicely for the kite!

More name poems, this time with  the word 'spring'.  I used a foldable to display this one.

Today we try limericks.  That should be fun.

1 comment:

  1. Great ideas, Kathy. Thanks for sharing.

    Going to a booksale tomorrow with friends...wanna come? Will be stopping at a great thrift shop for book shopping as well! Looking forward to it...