About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Reading, Arts and Creativity, Language Arts

GRADE
4-6

DURATION
30 Mins

COLLECTION
Hands-On Lessons

Ode to the Earth: Magnetic Poetry

Celebrate Earth Day and National Poetry Month together in one creative activity.

OBJECTIVE

Students will work together to make poems that honor the earth and its resources, while emphasizing the importance of maintaining its safety and health.

MATERIALS

Elmer's® X-TREME School Glue Stick™, Elmer's Glitter Glue*, index cards, magnets, markers

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SET UP AND PREPARE

  1. Explain to students that they will work together to make poems that honor the earth and its resources. Begin by brainstorming a list of key vocabulary words. Ask students what words come to mind when they think of planet earth, its resources, and inhabitants. Create a chart with columns (one for nouns, one for adjectives, one for verbs) and guide students to come up with words to fill each one.
  2. Next, teach students a few of the fundamentals of poetry, and encourage them to be creative and experimental when they begin their writing. Teach students about rhyme (the repetition of similar sounds), meter (rhythmic structure of a verse or lines in verse), and other techniques, such as simile, metaphor, and symbolism. Scholastic's resources on poetry Scholastic.com/poetry may be useful here.

DIRECTIONS

1.To begin this project, have students cut small ¼ inch by ¼ inch squares out of magnet sheets.

2. Next, use Elmer's® X-TREME School Glue StickTM to glue the magnet squares to the back of index cards. Each student should make approximately 20. 

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3. Once the glue has dried, invite students to write words they would like to use for their poems on the index cards, drawing from the list they brainstormed as a class. Invite them to make cards for articles and filler words as well.

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4. Encourage students to use markers and Elmer's Glitter Glue to decorate the index cards.

5. Once the cards are dry, invite students to approach the chalkboard or whiteboard and organize their index cards to form a poem. Students can collaborate, swap index cards, offer suggestions, and discuss poetic techniques that were used.

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