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National Poetry Month

Celebrating Poetry In the Classroom – Ideas & Resources

April is officially National Poetry Month and a great time to practice language and writing skills with fun classroom activities! Check out some of our favorite Poetry Resources for your classroom:

  • Kids PoetryHere are some engaging ways to enjoy poetry with kids -simple, interactive, and fun. Check out Poetry Games for Kids from authors Yael Calhoun and Elizabeth Finlinson.
  • Bring poets into your classroom with intriguing videos and online workshops from Scholastic.com – check it out!
  • The National Poetry Map from Poets.org helps your class finds poets from your state with works they written – click to check your state.
  • Whirling Word Watchers Poetry Lesson is a super fun, hands on activity that introduces young children to writing poetry – from FirstGradeWow.blogspot.com, check it out!
  • The ‘Where To? What Next?’ video from the Carl Sandburg home guides youth in sharing their own stories through poetry and song – watch it here.

Bonus Idea: Have a class parent who is a poet? Engage them in the classroom with a short visit and quick lesson with students – parent involvement helps students learn and also reiterates how important education is. Happy National Poetry Month!