Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Poetry Journals

For the past couple years I've used poetry journals in my classroom. Shannon from Kindergarten Hoppenings has an amazing post that explains how she uses them and how you can make them matter in your classroom. She also shares the poems she uses in her classroom. I love her idea of putting the poems on a poster board for students to read. I plan on using a lot of her ideas this year!

I introduce one poem a week. We read the poem on the SMARTboard, practice pointing to words and highlight letters and sight words. Students read and illustrate the poem in their poetry journals.

Usually, I use a 3 prong folder that I add to all year, but with 34 kids, that gets to be time consuming. This year I plan on stapling all the poems for the month together, making a cover out of construction paper and letting them take them home at the end of the month.

Here are some of the poems I used last year. Enjoy! ♥




26 comments:

  1. I wonder if I can open these?!?! We use promethean boards. I've been reading kinder hoppenenings too & hope to try to use them too. We only have 1/2 day kinder though!

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  2. Love these and will pass it on to my Kinder Friends. Check out my blog...I have a 1st Grade Poetry Journal and a 2nd Grade Poetry Journal ready for downloads. :) Thank you for sharing!

    Debi
    Just 4 Teachers: Sharing Across Borders

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  3. I absolutely love these! Will you be posting the rest for January-June? I would love to use them all year long!

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  4. @KandiApple- To open the SMARtboard files you will need SMARTboard's notebook software.

    @ Just4Teachers- I checked out your blog and I'm a new follower!

    @Janyl- Yes, I plan on posting the rest of my poems!

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  5. Love these!!! Thank you so much for posting everything in Smart, word and excel...it makes life so much easier to adapt to our classrooms. Can't wait to see more!

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  6. I love that you have smartboard versions as well, thank you, thank you. I also snagged the one you posted for the alphafriends. Which version of Houghton Mifflin do you use?

    Tammi
    Having Fun K-1

    TammiL(dot)13(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. These are great! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. These are wonderful! I just came across your blog and love all your ideas! I teach Kindergarten in SC. Looking forward to being your newest follower! :)

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  9. @KandiApple -- If you are a promethean user you CAN use smart board files. Save the file to your computer. And go to file (I think!) -> import -> smart file... it will open and covert to a flipchart file for you. You may need to mess around a bit with it because the formatting is often a little wonky, but you CAN use them!

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  10. Thanks Kathleen! Good to know! :)

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  11. Thank you for sharing! I have used a Poetry Notebook in 1st Grade for several years and I planned to continue to do that this year in K also. I think your poems will go well with my Kindergarten lessons!

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing such great things with all of us! I plan to share with my co-workers! We all now have smartboards and are looking for lots of things to use them for!

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  13. I recently moved from teaching 4th to 2nd grade and I'm looking for fun poems and songs with month/seasonal themes. These are so cute and have such catchy tunes. Thank you! Will you be posting the remaining months soon? I hope so :)

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  14. Love these! Thanks so much!! They are pefect for a poetry reading center in my first grade room. :)

    -Amy
    http://krazyaboutkiddos.blogspot.com

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  15. Thank you! Our team has been using these for part of our shared reading and they ROCK!
    Ericka
    www.firstgradeandfancyfree.blogspot.com

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  16. Do you have January and February poems? I love them!!!!

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  17. These have helped my students TREMENDOUSLY with concept of word in a fun way! I can't wait to see Jan - June! :) Did you create these yourself (and if so what font did you use? I LOVE IT!)

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  18. Thank you everyone for the sweet comments! It makes me happy I shared! :)

    Barbie- I'll post January, February & March poems over Thanksgiving break.

    Julie- I'm so happy my poetry journals helped your class! I didn't write these poems, I found them via google a couple years ago on various websites. I used the font Primer Print for the text and Kinderdots for the titles. They were both free downloads, but people are having a hard time finding Kinderdots. If you would like it I would be happy to email it to you! :)

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  19. I love your poems! Will you be posting more for Jan and the rest of the year?

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  20. Yes! I planned on posting them over Thanksgiving Break but I was too busy having fun! I'll post them sometime next week, I promise! :)

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  21. Hi! LOVE THESE! Where can we find the rest of the months? These are awesome!

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  22. Love these! Where can we find the rest of the months?

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  23. Do you have April poems yet? Thanks!

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  24. Thank you so much for posting and sharing these for free! I am very excited to use these with my kindergarten students this school year!

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  25. Thank you so much for posting these and sharing them for free. I am so excited to use these in my classroom this school year!

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