Friday, June 27, 2014

Poetry RL 3.5

 I spent the last 9 years at a Title 1 low income school were we were told to follow the reading series. I HATE following the reading series. I feel like it is a waste of 5 years of college. Anyone could follow the step by step directions that come with a reading series. I am a teacher that teaches to standards not a reading series. I use my reading series, don't get me wrong, but I use it by the standards (now Common Core) it covers.

Anyhow that little rant leads to this post. I felt like poetry was not important to focus on before Common Core. The state test didn't have much poetry on it so why bother teaching it right. Now I am starting a new school district that is all about the standards and not a reading series! I was so excited to hear this statement. I am now trying to figure out how I am going to incorporate poetry and came across this list of poetry sites while taking an online Common Core class. I wanted to share with all the people that struggle with poetry resources like me.

Poetry for kids
Fizzy Funny Fuzzy Poetry
Giggle Poetry
Mother Goose Caboose
Children's Poetry Archive
Links to online poems

If you like Shel Silverstein here is a link to some activities to go with his books.
Also here are some poems by him

My personal favorite is Jack Prelutsky. The kids love him and he is very entertaining.

Hopefully this gives you a starting place. If you know any good poem links please post them in the comments and I will add them to this post. Thanks for reading :)

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