Friday, April 16th, 2010
As April is National Poetry Month, we took some time during library to think about poetry. One of the activities that 3rd graders did during class was to create some magnetic poetry. I first created a magnetic poetry kit with a combination of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, exclamations and interjections, articles and conjunctions. The third graders then combined the words into poetry. They had the freedom to decide how to structure the poem. Some of the questions they considered were – “Do I like the sounds of these words together?” — “Am I trying to tell a story?”, and “Do the ideas of these words go together?”. The students dove right in, working on poems individually and together. We noted the transient nature of the magnetic poem as they borrowed words from one another, and shuffled their poems away. We took several photos of the poems and a few videos as well. If you’d like to create your own magnetic poetry set with your child with the words of your choosing, please drop by the library for a copy of the instructions.