I'm sure you all know that April is National Poetry Month. I want to share with you my favorite fun poetry center ideas that you might want to add to your April library centers.
1) I love Mrs. Lodge's super easy poetry center! Look at all that colorful student poetry! Follow the link to see how she did it.
2) Copy some short poems, put out pencils and colors and let students draw a picture of what they see in their imagination when they read the poem (mental images--a reading strategy!) They can glue the poem to the page and take it with them, if you make enough copies. Or make a big mural on butcher paper.
3) Copy some shape poems from a book like Doodle Dandies. Let students write their own shape poems on individual pages or butcher paper.
4) Copy poems that rhyme, put out the smelly highlighters, and let students highlight the rhyming words. (According to the Scentos website, Walmart and Michael's carry the Scentos scented highlighters. I must find these!)
5) Put the parts of a wonderful poem on sentence strips, and have students put them in order in a pocket chart.
6) Magnetic poetry--you can buy a kit at the store, or make your own with this free download.
7) Display great poetry books with the whisper phone and let students read the poems quietly to themselves. Or display the poetry books with stuffed animals for students to read the poems to. Or create special "Poetry Glasses" (decorate dollar store sunglasses in some special way) for students to read poems with.
8) April 18, 2013 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Let students copy short poems onto special (fancy) paper to carry with them, or to use as a bookmark.
9) Set up a Poetry Listening Center. Have you ever heard Jack Prelutsky read his own poems? Hilarious! Your students will love them and gain a new appreciation for poetry.
10) Display examples of acrostic poetry. Encourage students to write their own name down the side of the page, then fill in each line, describing themselves.
Do you have more poetry center ideas? Please share them in the comments!