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Helping Children Celebrate Nature
by Finding the Power of Poetry
A Guide for Teachers
By Gail Laubenthal
glaubent@yahoo.co...
What is Poetry?
• A group of 5 and 6 year old students said
– Poems
– Words that rhyme
– Funny stories
– About different t...
Scaffolding Their Learning
• This type of poetry supports young
children and old alike (See Poetry
Resources by Nancy Ceci...
Elena, age 5
Janie, age 5
Connecting With Nature
• Think about your favorite thing to do
outside – seasonally
– Take a walk and focus on sights, sou...
Creating Poetry Journals
• Nature Poetry
– Picture Perfect Poetry
– Poetry that Rhymes
– Pick-A-Word Poetry
– Awesome Alli...
Picture Perfect Poetry
• Have a large group of nature pictures
cut out (National Geographic, Nature,
and Texas Highways ar...
Picture Perfect Poetry
I’m An Urchin
I’m spiny
I’m colorful
I protect little fish
Along comes a piranha
Tickle, tickle, DI...
Poetry that Rhymes
• Have a selection of rhyming
dictionaries and word family lists
available
• Students make word banks o...
Poetry That Rhymes
A Great Dane named Mark Twain
Has an owner named Terrain.
He is from Spain.
One day Terrain went down t...
Pick-A-Word Poetry
• Make several envelopes of nouns (nature
theme, like…dog, eagle, mountain, stream,
etc. and several en...
Pick-A-
Word
Poetry
I know a very breezy rainbow
High up in the sky
Where bluebirds fly
Where you can understand
The true ...
Awesome Alliteration
• Make a nature poem with words
beginning with the same sound or
letter
• Students might pick an anim...
Awesome Alliteration
Bluebird
Beautiful bluebird
Brings a big bouquet
Of brilliant bluebonnets
to Beatrice.
By Maisie
Shape Poem
• Shape poems are concrete poems
that take on the shape of the topic
• The book, Doodle Dandies: Poems
That Tak...
Shape Poem
By Marisol
Haiku
• This unrhymed Japanese poem, consists of
3 lines, each containing a certain number
of syllables**.
• These poems a...
HaikuRobins in the sky
Flying, flying, flying high
Hide in the ground
worms!
By Quinn, age 5
A little toucan
Breaking hard...
Haiku – One Child
Grows as a Poet
Butterfly on a flower
Sipping nectar with it’s curly straw
At a dainty tea party.
Maisie...
FABRIC WOMAN by Marisol Sobek
She was tall, and her hair was cut into a long
blonde bob.
She brought us sushi and had us s...
Cinquain
• A 5-line poem using the following pattern
– Line one-A one-word title (noun)
– Line two-Two words that describe...
Cinquain
Monarch
Spotted, graceful
Flying, fluttering, sipping
Happy little thing
Butterfly
By Beatrice, age 6
Group cinquain by Ms. Polan’s 5 year old PK students
Diamante
• This 7-line poem has an interesting twist
in the middle
– Line one-A one-word title (noun)
– Line two-Two words...
Diamante
Sister
Sweet, clever
Loving, caring, playing
Teacher, Maisie, Kenny, toddler
Crying, wanting, yelling
Curious, fu...
Artifact Poetry
• Collect a nature artifact (found
object, never hurting a living
creature)
• Example: bring in a basket o...
age 6
Poetry in the Round
• This circle poetry is written on round
paper and starts at the outside edge
and swirls toward the ce...
Observation Poetry
• Find a place to observe things
– Go outside to observe nature
– Pick a corner of the classroom and
ob...
Purple Petunias
Little purple petunias
Growing by a wall
In the green grass
With other flowers by it
Nature’s bouquet
Mais...
Rainbow Poetry
• Colors are everywhere and students
are naturally drawn to their favorites
• The student could pick a them...
Color Poems
• Student chooses his/her favorite
color
• Create a poem using only this color
• Don’t forget to use descripti...
Found Poems
• The magic of poetry lets students
discover words and phrases that they
can combine into poems
• Have newspap...
Found Poem-Magazine Headlines
Magnificent makeover
It’s out there
The perfect warm welcome to fall
Play with color
Cushy r...
Poems for Two Voices
• This is a great way for two students
to co-author a poem.
• Some lines are read by one student,
som...
Texas and Florida
L and M: The state bird is a Mockingbird
L: Texas is the Lone Star State
M: Florida is the Sunshine Stat...
One and Two-Word Poems
• These are a favorite because they
can be created in a short amount of
time
• Use one or two words...
One Word Poem
Niagara
Thunderous
Misty
Powerful
Peaceful
Breathtaking
Rocky
Swift
Rainbow
Swirling
Eddy
Commercialized
Gai...
Memory Poems
• This is a simple way to have students recall
a special memory
• Begin each line with “I remember”
• End the...
I Remember…
I remember my cat sitting on my lap
I remember my cat stretching on my lap
I remember my cat purring on my lap...
Thematic Poetry
• Usually about something the students
are learning about
• May also be about something they
are intereste...
Trees
Trees are a treasure down under
A magical mystery
A terrible monster at night
A grandfather of all life and death
Ba...
A Beach Story
I went to the beach today.
The sun was as hot as hot sauce.
The sky was as blue as water.
The ocean was as c...
Poetry Resources
•Cecil, Nancy. For the Love of Language: Poetry for
Every Learner
•Cecil, Nancy. For the Love of Poetry: ...
This workshop was created for teachers to use as a guide as they
introduce poetry to their students. By giving students an...
If we follow the children, they will
surely lead us into their hearts,
minds, and dreams. We are just the
guide…they are o...
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Help young children express their feelings about nature by giving them the opportunity to read and write poetry. By using digital cameras and/or art materials, they can capture nature and then share their inter most thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Great examples of children's poetry and teacher resources. Wiki site at poetrytech.pbworks.com

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  1. 1. Helping Children Celebrate Nature by Finding the Power of Poetry A Guide for Teachers By Gail Laubenthal glaubent@yahoo.com http://poetrytech.pbworks.com/
  2. 2. What is Poetry? • A group of 5 and 6 year old students said – Poems – Words that rhyme – Funny stories – About different things-animals, nursery rhymes, pretend and real, feelings, bugs – Haiku
  3. 3. Scaffolding Their Learning • This type of poetry supports young children and old alike (See Poetry Resources by Nancy Cecil) – I like…repeat 2-3 times, then on the last line write -but I don’t like… – I love… – I wish… – If I were (a) …I would… – I’m so smart I can… – I used to be…. I became…, now…
  4. 4. Elena, age 5
  5. 5. Janie, age 5
  6. 6. Connecting With Nature • Think about your favorite thing to do outside – seasonally – Take a walk and focus on sights, sounds, textures, smells, and tastes (be careful not to eat anything poisonous) – Become a keen observer of nature…even the smallest plants and creatures deserve our attention!
  7. 7. Creating Poetry Journals • Nature Poetry – Picture Perfect Poetry – Poetry that Rhymes – Pick-A-Word Poetry – Awesome Alliteration – Shape Poetry – Haiku – Cinquain – Diamante – Artifact Poetry • Nature Poetry Cont. – Poetry in the Round – Observation Poetry – Rainbow Poetry – Color Poems – Found Poetry – Poems for 2 Voices – One-Word Poems – Two-Word Poems – Memory Poems – Thematic Poetry
  8. 8. Picture Perfect Poetry • Have a large group of nature pictures cut out (National Geographic, Nature, and Texas Highways are great) • Students will choose a picture, glue it down in their journal and write a poem about it, using descriptive words and feelings
  9. 9. Picture Perfect Poetry I’m An Urchin I’m spiny I’m colorful I protect little fish Along comes a piranha Tickle, tickle, DISH! by Beatrice, Age 6
  10. 10. Poetry that Rhymes • Have a selection of rhyming dictionaries and word family lists available • Students make word banks of possible rhyming words first • Write a poem using words that rhyme
  11. 11. Poetry That Rhymes A Great Dane named Mark Twain Has an owner named Terrain. He is from Spain. One day Terrain went down the drain, So the Great Dane got his airplane! By Marisol, age 6
  12. 12. Pick-A-Word Poetry • Make several envelopes of nouns (nature theme, like…dog, eagle, mountain, stream, etc. and several envelopes of adjectives (red, blue, breezy, small, etc.) • Have the students choose 2 words from the noun envelope and 2 words from the adjective envelope • They then pick only 1 noun and 1 adjective to use in their nature poem • The words may be part of the title and/or the poem • Underline the two words that were drawn
  13. 13. Pick-A- Word Poetry I know a very breezy rainbow High up in the sky Where bluebirds fly Where you can understand The true meaning of the world by Maisie, age 6
  14. 14. Awesome Alliteration • Make a nature poem with words beginning with the same sound or letter • Students might pick an animal or a friends name to be their focus sound or letter…Sally’s silly snake…
  15. 15. Awesome Alliteration Bluebird Beautiful bluebird Brings a big bouquet Of brilliant bluebonnets to Beatrice. By Maisie
  16. 16. Shape Poem • Shape poems are concrete poems that take on the shape of the topic • The book, Doodle Dandies: Poems That Take Shape by J. Patrick Lewis and Lisa Desimini has great examples of shape poetry
  17. 17. Shape Poem By Marisol
  18. 18. Haiku • This unrhymed Japanese poem, consists of 3 lines, each containing a certain number of syllables**. • These poems are usually about nature, evoke an emotion, and at least 2 senses – Line one – 5 syllables – Line two – 7 syllables – Line three – 5 syllables **This rule was for the Japanese language, so when writing in English the lines could have less than 17 syllables
  19. 19. HaikuRobins in the sky Flying, flying, flying high Hide in the ground worms! By Quinn, age 5 A little toucan Breaking hard nuts with her beak Colorful feathers By Emma, age 6
  20. 20. Haiku – One Child Grows as a Poet Butterfly on a flower Sipping nectar with it’s curly straw At a dainty tea party. Maisie Age 9 Age 6
  21. 21. FABRIC WOMAN by Marisol Sobek She was tall, and her hair was cut into a long blonde bob. She brought us sushi and had us sew our own books, the covers made from slick Japanese fabric, the wide thread from the local grocery store. I would eat avocado and crab and seaweed while writing out clumsy and clunky lined paper words of five lilies, seven branches, and five stones. We would taste clay through a cheap photo lens, just the two of us enjoying how the grass looks in the sun. She looked at me each time the words spilled out from between my fingers and smiled. She wore dresses. I wore them too, made from matching blue fabric with the words and the world machine printed on them. My hair was cut into a bowl-cut blonde bob and I stretched up my arms so she could pick me up and make me tall. From 6 to 16 years old & in Poetry Club McCallum HS
  22. 22. Cinquain • A 5-line poem using the following pattern – Line one-A one-word title (noun) – Line two-Two words that describe the title (adjectives) – Line three-Three words that show the action of the title (verb) – Line four-Four words that express a feeling about the title (phrase) – Line five-One word that is another word for the title (synonym)
  23. 23. Cinquain Monarch Spotted, graceful Flying, fluttering, sipping Happy little thing Butterfly By Beatrice, age 6
  24. 24. Group cinquain by Ms. Polan’s 5 year old PK students
  25. 25. Diamante • This 7-line poem has an interesting twist in the middle – Line one-A one-word title (noun) – Line two-Two words that describe the title (adjectives) – Line three-Three participles specific to the title (action words) – Line four-Four nouns (first 2 describe the title and the second 2 describe the last line of the poem – the opposite of line one) – Line five-Three participles specific to the subject of line seven (action words) – Line six-two words that describe line seven (adjectives) – Line seven-opposite of the one-word title (noun)
  26. 26. Diamante Sister Sweet, clever Loving, caring, playing Teacher, Maisie, Kenny, toddler Crying, wanting, yelling Curious, funny Brother By Maisie, age 6
  27. 27. Artifact Poetry • Collect a nature artifact (found object, never hurting a living creature) • Example: bring in a basket of seashells and let the students choose one that they would like to write a poem about • Option: display them in a shadow box
  28. 28. age 6
  29. 29. Poetry in the Round • This circle poetry is written on round paper and starts at the outside edge and swirls toward the center. • Nursery rhymes work well in the round; rebus-type illustrations add to the impact of this poetry • The poems may also be set to a familiar tune, such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”
  30. 30. Observation Poetry • Find a place to observe things – Go outside to observe nature – Pick a corner of the classroom and observe your friends – Observe a family member doing something – Write a poem about what you see, hear, think, and/or feel
  31. 31. Purple Petunias Little purple petunias Growing by a wall In the green grass With other flowers by it Nature’s bouquet Maisie Frogs Jumping, croaking, ribbit Swimming, hopping Lily pad to lily pad Flies buzzing ‘round and ‘round Slurp, gobble, gobble Delicious frog snack Yummy, yum! Emma
  32. 32. Rainbow Poetry • Colors are everywhere and students are naturally drawn to their favorites • The student could pick a theme, like fruit, flowers, or frogs • Think of descriptive words to use with each object…red, juicy apple • Use all colors of the rainbow (for young children use purple instead of indigo and violet)
  33. 33. Color Poems • Student chooses his/her favorite color • Create a poem using only this color • Don’t forget to use descriptive words • Read Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill when introducing this type of poem
  34. 34. Found Poems • The magic of poetry lets students discover words and phrases that they can combine into poems • Have newspapers and magazines available for students to look through • When they find words that they want to use in a poem, have them cut them out and glue them on paper to create the poem
  35. 35. Found Poem-Magazine Headlines Magnificent makeover It’s out there The perfect warm welcome to fall Play with color Cushy ripples CrunchaBuncha leaves The ultimate party Extravaganza! A rich and luscious experience It stirs the soul How sweet it is. Gail L.
  36. 36. Poems for Two Voices • This is a great way for two students to co-author a poem. • Some lines are read by one student, some are read by the other, and some are read in unison • Read A Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischmann to introduce this type of poetry
  37. 37. Texas and Florida L and M: The state bird is a Mockingbird L: Texas is the Lone Star State M: Florida is the Sunshine State L: It became the 28th state in 1845 M: It became the 27th state in 1845 L: The state tree is the pecan tree M: The state tree is the sabal palm L and M: The Gulf of Mexico touches this state By Laura and Mozhgon, age 7
  38. 38. One and Two-Word Poems • These are a favorite because they can be created in a short amount of time • Use one or two words per line • Each line expresses a separate thought about the topic
  39. 39. One Word Poem Niagara Thunderous Misty Powerful Peaceful Breathtaking Rocky Swift Rainbow Swirling Eddy Commercialized Gail L. Two-Word Poem Solar System Nine planets Hot Sun Cold Pluto Pretty Jupiter Warm Venus Many Stars Catherine, age 7
  40. 40. Memory Poems • This is a simple way to have students recall a special memory • Begin each line with “I remember” • End the poem with ”And I remember” • These poems can rhyme • They have as many lines as the memory and imagination of the poet
  41. 41. I Remember… I remember my cat sitting on my lap I remember my cat stretching on my lap I remember my cat purring on my lap And I remember my cat sleeping on my lap. Elena, age 7
  42. 42. Thematic Poetry • Usually about something the students are learning about • May also be about something they are interested in • You need not have any “rules”
  43. 43. Trees Trees are a treasure down under A magical mystery A terrible monster at night A grandfather of all life and death Bark like a rough rhino’s back Words spoken softly to those who listen Stands tall and brave Strong and weak by its senses Famous for its high reach in the sky A gift from heaven that will never die Dillon, age 7
  44. 44. A Beach Story I went to the beach today. The sun was as hot as hot sauce. The sky was as blue as water. The ocean was as cold as a popsicle. I swam in the water just like a whale. I played in the sand and built a big castle. While I was walking around I found a snake. I love to run on the beach like a roadrunner. I had fun at the beach. LaVante, age 5
  45. 45. Poetry Resources •Cecil, Nancy. For the Love of Language: Poetry for Every Learner •Cecil, Nancy. For the Love of Poetry: Literacy Scaffolds, Extension Ideas, and More •Heard, Georgia. Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School •Morice, Dave. The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet: 104 Unusual Ways to Write Poetry in the Classroom and the Community •Koch, K. Wishes, Lies, and Dreams: Teaching Children to Write Poetry •Terban, M. Time to Rhyme: A Rhyming Dictionary •Young, S. Rhyming Dictionary (Scholastic)
  46. 46. This workshop was created for teachers to use as a guide as they introduce poetry to their students. By giving students an opportunity to write from their “heart”, they become poets who can share their feelings, hopes, dreams, fears, and experiences. When integrating poetry and technology software, graphic images, and bookmaking, even more possibilities unfold. The sample poetry in this presentation was created by kindergarten - second students in Austin ISD. This guide can also be used to teach teachers how to unleash the poet inside them, as they reach for the poetry of the stars. Gail Laubenthal
  47. 47. If we follow the children, they will surely lead us into their hearts, minds, and dreams. We are just the guide…they are our gift! Gail Laubenthal

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