Finding Poetry

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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!

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