In the story, Daniel Finds a Poem, we learn something magical about poetry. If you look and listen very carefully, you’ll find poetry everywhere!
Recommended Ages: Preschool/Kindergarten
Domains or Early Learning Standard: Language and Literacy
Materials: A collection of poetry books or examples of poetry that you can find on line.
Preparation: Read a few short poems at group time each day for a week.
Activity: Go on a Poetry Walk. This walk can be anywhere. It can be in the classroom, in the play yard, or around the neighborhood.
- Tell the children that you’re going on a walk to find poetry!
- Look carefully at the things you see.
- Listen carefully to sounds you hear.
- Use your imagination to think of ways to describe what you see with expressive words.
- To the teacher: Use a cell phone video camera or recorder to capture all the language from the walk.
For young children it’s best to select concrete items as a focus. Their poetic descriptions might sound like this:
- Chair – Poetry is squeaky legs on a cold tile floor.
- Clock – Poetry is the tick tock sound of the white and black clock.
- Flower – Poetry is a sweet smell and soft petals.
- Concrete – Poetry is hard, hard, scratchy, scratchy.
- Bee – Poetry is buzzing yellow stripes.
Follow Up: Write each poetic description on a separate piece of drawing paper. Invite children to choose one to illustrate. Plan an event to showcase the illustrated poetry. Post signs for Poetry in the Classroom Day!