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April 19, 2016

How to Create Easy "All About Me" Poetry Books

By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K

    Learning about shadows this spring? Celebrating Poetry Month in April? Combine them by creating poetry books with students’ silhouettes! Children at all grade levels are embracing poetry during April, National Poetry Month, and the younger students are no exception! It’s easier than you might think to get kindergarteners writing poetry. The key is to take a completely prescriptive approach, which you can easily do using my fill-in ideas or the Scholastic Printables at the end of this post.

    This activity is best done in small groups over a two-week period.

     

     

     

    1. Read The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss and My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson. Both of the books rhyme, and both talk about shadows from a first-person perspective.

    The book "The Shape of Me and Other Stuff" is a good way to introduce poetry and shadows The book "My Shadow" is a good way to introduce poetry and shadows

     

    2. To make silhouettes, take a sideways photo of each child. Print the photos and cut around them on black paper.

    A child posing for a tracing of her silhouette Cut silhouettes onto black paper

     

    3. Assemble small books with an even number of pages (up to ten) and brightly-colored tag board for the covers. Bind however you wish.

    Colorful bound blank books for writing poetry

     

    4. Glue a silhouette onto the cover of each book.

    A poetry writing book with a child's silhouette (shadow) on the cover

     

    5. On separate pieces of paper, write short fill-in-the-blank poems for your students to copy and fill out. Include multiple choices for the rhyming words they can use to fill in the blanks. Make sure to color-code them so students can easily see which words rhyme.

    A fill-in-the-blank poem A fill-in-the-blank poem

    A fill-in-the-blank poem A fill-in-the-blank poem

     

    6. Give students their personal poetry books. Instruct them to write the poems on the left-hand pages, and to draw pictures on the right-hand pages (except for the introduction page with their name on it). 

    A finished poem A finished poem

    A finished poem 

     

    7. When the books are completed, invite your students to read their poems aloud. This is also a great gift idea for Mother’s Day!

    To extend your introduction of poetry, shadows, and "all about me," give these rhyming printables a try. For a limited time these printables are free to Top Teaching readers so enjoy — just click on an image to access!

    Scholastic Printables: "In the Mirror"Scholastic Printables: "All About Me" Scholastic Printables: "If My Shadow Didn't Copy Me"

     

    Learning about shadows this spring? Celebrating Poetry Month in April? Combine them by creating poetry books with students’ silhouettes! Children at all grade levels are embracing poetry during April, National Poetry Month, and the younger students are no exception! It’s easier than you might think to get kindergarteners writing poetry. The key is to take a completely prescriptive approach, which you can easily do using my fill-in ideas or the Scholastic Printables at the end of this post.

    This activity is best done in small groups over a two-week period.

     

     

     

    1. Read The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss and My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson. Both of the books rhyme, and both talk about shadows from a first-person perspective.

    The book "The Shape of Me and Other Stuff" is a good way to introduce poetry and shadows The book "My Shadow" is a good way to introduce poetry and shadows

     

    2. To make silhouettes, take a sideways photo of each child. Print the photos and cut around them on black paper.

    A child posing for a tracing of her silhouette Cut silhouettes onto black paper

     

    3. Assemble small books with an even number of pages (up to ten) and brightly-colored tag board for the covers. Bind however you wish.

    Colorful bound blank books for writing poetry

     

    4. Glue a silhouette onto the cover of each book.

    A poetry writing book with a child's silhouette (shadow) on the cover

     

    5. On separate pieces of paper, write short fill-in-the-blank poems for your students to copy and fill out. Include multiple choices for the rhyming words they can use to fill in the blanks. Make sure to color-code them so students can easily see which words rhyme.

    A fill-in-the-blank poem A fill-in-the-blank poem

    A fill-in-the-blank poem A fill-in-the-blank poem

     

    6. Give students their personal poetry books. Instruct them to write the poems on the left-hand pages, and to draw pictures on the right-hand pages (except for the introduction page with their name on it). 

    A finished poem A finished poem

    A finished poem 

     

    7. When the books are completed, invite your students to read their poems aloud. This is also a great gift idea for Mother’s Day!

    To extend your introduction of poetry, shadows, and "all about me," give these rhyming printables a try. For a limited time these printables are free to Top Teaching readers so enjoy — just click on an image to access!

    Scholastic Printables: "In the Mirror"Scholastic Printables: "All About Me" Scholastic Printables: "If My Shadow Didn't Copy Me"

     

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