Second Grade Poets

I get thirty minutes twice a week with a second grade class. This month I want to fill the minutes with poetry. Yesterday we read Flutter and Hum, Aleteo y Zumbido:Animal Poems/Poemas de Animales by Julie Paschkis. It is a truly beautiful book… the poems and the illustrations with more lovely words embedded in them to inspire new poems. And bilingual- perfect at my school and maybe yours, too. They loved it! They enthusiastically named an animal they might write a poem about. A lot of them said dogs- their teacher is a dog lover. A few said cats- with sly side glances at their teacher.

Today we read Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw and some excerpts from Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (the shape poem and the title poem). Then we started talking about words we could use to write poems about cats or dogs. Bet you can guess what happened…

“Bat, hat, rat, mat…”

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5 Responses to Second Grade Poets

  1. With so little time, thank you for prioritizing poetry! I often find it falls at the end of my map and sometimes gets cut, but this year I insisted (to myself) that I would honor April as National Poetry Month!

  2. Ramona says:

    Oh, it’s so hard to move away from rhyming. I love the mentor texts you shared with them. Maybe revisit them with the lens of “Does poetry need to/ have to rhyme?” Once they realize it doesn’t have to rhyme, they feel more freedom to write.

  3. Sounds like heaven. Wonder if I could get the second grade to let me do that 🙂

  4. arjeha says:

    Sounds like the students are enjoying. Great mentor texts.

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