Submitted by Ally M., SPROUT Contributor
April is National Poetry Month!
National Poetry Month is a month-long celebration of poetry created in 1996 to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry! Poetry is a great way to practice reading and writing, while inspiring creativity! It’s also a great way for children to express themselves—and it’s fun too!
Here are some fun activities to do to celebrate Poetry Month:
Random Word Poem
- First, you will need to create your word cards. Cut index cards into small pieces. Everyone shares interesting, funny, unusual, or favorite words to write on the cards. Try to get a good mix of things, colors, sounds, places, names, and animals. You’ll want at least 20 words per poet.
- Once you have a stack of words, toss them all into a hat or bag. Decide how many words you will use for your poem. Pass the hat around, choosing one word at a time until you have enough.
- Now it’s playtime! Move your words around into phrases and lines.
- When your poems are all done, take turns reading them aloud!
- Write your name vertically on a piece of paper.
- Now write a word that describes you, using the first letter of your name. Do this with all the letters of your name.
- Here is a poem written by Ally, an Erie SPROUT contributor:
After you’ve written an acrostic poem using your name, try writing poems with other words, such as “football,” “horse,” or “summer.” For a real challenge, see if you can make the acrostic poem tell a story rather than just describe the word you chose.
Other activities to have fun with poetry:
- Make a quilt out of cloth or paper illustrating your favorite poems.
- Make mobiles, murals, or bookmarks based on your favorite poetry characters.
- Put on plays, dances, or puppet shows based on your favorite poems (ex. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein)
- Write a poem in which the SHAPES of some of the words look like their meanings.
For more information on Poetry Month, including additional activities, please visit www.theteachersguide.com/poetrymonth.htm or www.jackprelutsky.com/flash/pdf_docs/PoetryActivities.pdf.