April is a month to celebrate several great subjects--jazz appreciation, math, and humor included. But we'd like to hear how poetry fits into your classroom planning. What are your favorite activities and/or lessons about poetry? Who are your favorite poets or poems to share with students?
The Shared Poetry Project — inspired by this John Merrow blog entry:
http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=5454 — we'd like to invite public school students to film community members reciting lines of poetry, then edit the readings into a video for the Learning Matters YouTube channel. This exciting project provides students the opportunity to develop or strengthen real-world skills of teamwork, quality control, and production. It also can introduce the 80% of Americans who do not have school-aged children to the remarkable abilities of our youth. Not to mention exposes them to some great poetry!
I am a math teacher and I currently teach 7th grade. Often the poems used in my room help address behavior and claim everyone's attention - and the kids seem to love it. I hear them attempting to develop their own rhymes and phrases every now and then.
Here's a couple of rhymes I have used:
123, all eyes on me.
1, 2, I'm here to help you
3, 4, you came through my door,
5, 6, better sit down quick,
7, 8, gonna better your fate, (or)
9, 10, you will see me again!
.....This one is spoken quietly when the noise level needs to decrease. Some of my students keep asking me to repeat it when they can hear the whole thing!
I will try to remember more and share them if you would like. I like having my students to write and they did enjoy writing their own poems to show me they knew their multiplication facts earlier this year.