It’s time to find your favorite poem and tell everyone why you love it. Thursday April 26th is Poem in Your Pocket Day. The celebration is simple. All you have to do is choose a poem or compose your own original work and carry it in your pocket all day, sharing the poem and the fun of National Poetry Month wherever you go.
If students want to write their own poetry, try our list of 30 Poems You Can Write for National Poetry Month. Visit the calendar entry on Poem in Your Pocket Day for additional resources. And if you want even more to choose from, the National Writing Project has a page full of videos, podcasts, and great ideas.
For classroom materials on other timely topics, just keep reading! We have materials on the sinking of the Titanic, Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride, and more!
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- Get your lesson plans ready to celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) on April 30.
- Think green with Thinkfinity! Inspire students to protect the environment with Earth Day activities.
- Enter the Humorous Math Poem Contest to celebrate Math Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, and National Humor Month.
- Enter your best piece of fiction in the Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers for a chance at $10,000.
From the Calendar
- April 15: The RMS Titanic sank on this day in 1912. Students use the Internet Workshop model to explore web links about the Titanic disaster. (For grades 3–12)
- April 18: Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride in 1775. Through the study of Paul Revere, students learn about primary source documents while researching their family histories, with which they create and compare their family trees. (For grades 4–8)
- April 20: Celebrate author Mary Hoffman's birthday today. Students write original picture books based on their own aspirations and dreams and share with the class or with younger students. (For grades 1–9)
- April 21: Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series, was born on this day. Students write their own “Junie B.” stories, based on the Junie B. Jones series, after brainstorming issues they’ve experienced during the school year. (For grades 1–6)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on Earth Day, Shakespeare, Coretta Scott King, the Library of Congress, and more!
Discuss These Topics with Other Teachers
- Favorite Resources for Teaching Fairy Tales?
- What resources do you use to teach students to “go green” and “save the earth”?
- Generative Vocabulary strategies
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