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April Showers Bring May Flowers and Other Poetry

Tulips Michelle's blog last week got me thinking about poetry. I remember not liking poetry when I was in school. April Showers Bring May Flowers used to be my favorite poem. But once I started teaching first and second grade and needed to teach the genre, I fell in love with it. I found poems that kids loved and taught them how to write their own poems. My class also decided that they needed to record some of their poems and share them online.

When I was looking for poetry samples, themes, poetic forms or poet interviews I checked out The Children's Poetry Archive, Scholastic's poetry, Poetry Teachers, Poetry4Kids and Poetry Foundation. I also looked at poetry lessons online. I really liked using Giggle Poetry and Jack Prelutsky's poems with students. Silly poems are my favorite.

Scholastic has some poetry resources already for you to use. The April Primary Poetry Library and Celebrate Earth Day are wonderful poetry resources that you can use in April. Writing With Writers has a poetry section that helps students learn from poets Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin, and Jean Marzollo. Jean Marzollo writes the I Spy books. TeacherShare has two lesson plans using the I Spy books: I Spy Poetry and I Spy Lesson Plan. Be sure to search the resources in TeacherShare for poetry. There are over 40 poetry lessons for you to use.

What are your favorite resources for teaching poetry?

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