With all the spring produce bursting out of our recipes lately, today Travis and I used the season as inspiration for poetry! This fun lesson from Raddish Kids is a great excuse to get outside in spring weather, not to mention a nice addition to your lesson plan if you’re home schooling.
So off we headed to the park, taking along a notebook and pencils!
We ran around first, and once we paused back on our blanket I asked Travis to reflect on what he’d noticed as he played. Bees, and grass, and wind, he replied.
Next I had him close his eyes to focus on sounds. He particularly noticed birds chirping.
Once he opened his eyes, I asked him to point out the signs of spring he could see. Flowers, green, and white, were his answers.
Working together, it was now time to write poetry! Older students can compose their own poems, but the goal here is for an adult to guide a younger student through shared writing. I relied on the words he’d used in the exercise above, but guided him through various poetry formats.
First up was an acrostic. After reading Raddish’s explanation of the form, Travis and I composed the following:
Signs of spring
Ice is gone.
We then composed a few lines of rhyming poetry about spring, as well as a haiku. It was helpful for him to clap along, to understand the 5 syllable-7 syllable-5 syllable format.
His haiku was:
Flowers are pretty.
Flowers are so beautiful.
But the bees scare me.
Next up was a diamente – new even to me! – a poem that makes a diamond shape through the progression of: noun, adjective, verb, noun, verb, adjective, noun. We composed the following:
I then took his words from our initial brainstorming and showed him how to write concrete poetry i.e. a poem in the shape of what it talks about. Here’s a spring flower!
All in all, this lesson made for a nice rumination on spring, plus gave us a welcome pause in the sunshine.