Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Putting Pizzazz into Poetic Devices! {Win This New Unit}

Have I said how much I love teaching poetry?  I may let my ELA block go a little long these days....just sayin'!

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I created some new activities to try in the classroom this year to teach poetic devices, such as alliteration, similes, personification, rhyming, and onomatopoeia - and boy, have they been a HIT so far!  AND they sure are making our classroom and hall look like SPRING!  Double whammy!

We hold a celebration after each reading/writing unit and we're inviting parents to a Poetry Picnic soon, so these items will be perfect to help with our decor!

Here's a look at some of the new activities we're working on this week...

Simile Sandwiches

After all, you can't have a picnic without sandwiches.  And, speaking of sandwiches....
Sandwich Poems
Have you ever heard of a "sandwich poem"?  There are two options when writing them - a rhyming pattern, or a syllabication pattern.  We had to write these fun poems...and of course, giant ants tried to carry them off! ;)

These adorable picnic baskets are on our to-do list for tomorrow.  Students will each be given an overused word and will fill their baskets with more vivid words to use instead.  We'll leave these on a bulletin board so that students can refer to them throughout the rest of the unit!
 Our "alliterainbows" for practicing alliteration are included in this unit, as well as...
Poetry Pops
our Poetry Pops to show that students' poems are "popping" with onomatopoeia (or any poetic device you choose!)
Personification Garden
Later this week, we'll create a Personification Garden - can't wait to get these colorful flowers on the wall!

And finally, you can't have a picnic without WATERMELON!  We'll review rhyming words with these fun "Watermelon Rhymes" before tackling our couplets/quatrains.
Watermelon Rhymes
In addition to the activities above, this new unit also includes writing a Pyramid Poem (we're going to publish them on triangular napkins, of course) and a Metaphoric Family Poem (that I'm going to laminate and have as a little gift for parents when they visit), as well as publishing pages for 10 types of poems and a cover for having your students make their very own Poetry Book!

You can snag the unit over at TpT for just $4.99.....but TWO LUCKY people will win it for FREE!  One winner will be chosen at RANDOM from the Rafflecopter below.  The other winner will be the first person to comment below and guess my LEAST favorite thing about spring.  HINT: It's probably some people's favorite thing.  Remember, I'm quirky! ;)

The winner will be chosen on FRIDAY, so enter now!

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  1. I'm gonna guess the smell of fresh cut grass is your least favorite thing :)

    What a great packet!


  2. I am guessing you hate open toed shoes/sandals. Maybe you love your boots too much to stop wearing them in spring!

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  3. Just bought it! Couldn't wait! I need it tomorrow!

  4. I love this kit! I'm going to guess that you don't like warm weather! Fun post!
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  5. I'm thinking that you may like gloomy skies? So no sunny days?
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  6. Maybe you have allergies, so you don't like the flowers blooming? Just a guess...

    This is a great pack!


  7. Flowers... you are allergic?

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  8. I am going to guess rain.

  9. This is adorable!
    Hmmm... well it's not pollen because NO ONE likes that. I would say that you don't like things growing such as flowers.


  10. I am going to have to guess flowers.
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  11. I am going to guess the longer days. I know I dislike waking up and it is still dark outside.

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  12. The birds coming back? Do you dislike birds (I know many people do).
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  13. This packet looks AWESOME! :)
    I am going to guess that you dislike wearing shorts.

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  14. Cutest poetry unit ever!!!!!!!
    My guess would be that you don't like trees blossoming.

  15. I am guessing that you don't like putting away your winter clothes.
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  16. This post is filled with so many wonderful ideas for poetry! Thank you for sharing:) I am going to guess that you don't like the end of the school year...bitter sweet:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  17. I would say flowers, but some have already guessed that, so I will go with the wind?


  18. I was going to say flowers, because I hate them. Instead, I am going to guess gardening. I dislike this, too. I can't wait to hear what it is that your really hate. I'm curious!


  19. I'm going to guess that you don't like short sleeves...maybe arms getting a little flabby like mine as I get older. :)

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  21. I'm guessing your least favorite thing about spring is baseball. All the other ideas that made sense were taken!

  22. I think your least favorite thing about spring is grass and flowers? Just a wild guess...you could be allergic?


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