I blogged about my Top Ten Poetry Centers a few days ago. I tried out the butcher paper poetry center from Mrs. Lodge's Library. Wow! My students amazed me!
My center looked like this. Super easy.
Butcher paper, markers, a printed map of our San Antonio Zoo, animal poetry books, and a sign: "Write a poem or draw a picture or both about the zoo."
I had no idea what to expect. Here's what I got. (I blurred out the student names for privacy. Steve is the name of the bird, not the poet. :)
Sensory details, rhymes, delightful!
Not an original poem, but a useful poem that we memorize to tell the difference between a coral snake and a non-venomous one. Do you see the peer editing that happened with the spelling of the word "friend?"
As each sheet of butcher paper filled up, I put it on the wall for display and replaced it with another.
I HEART this poem!
They turn their necks
standing on mountain treks
try not to fall, so stand with skill complex
or you will be an ex-ibex.
(All I can figure is that this student saw the ibex on the zoo map and went off on a rhyming extravaganza.)
I LOVE POETRY and I LOVE giving our students the chance to express themselves, outside of the little round bubbles that dominate our day.
I hope you are giving poetry centers a chance in your library!