Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Poem - Guaranteed to Be Cute! and FREEBIE

This is Guaranteed an easy poem for your kids to write!
With April being Poetry Month, I am trying to have my students write their own poems.  I have used the following Goodbye / Hello Poem in both kindergarten and first grade classes.  They always turn out cute and are so easy for the students to create.  The Goodbye / Hello poem is about saying goodbye to winter, and saying hello to spring.  I start by brainstorming the differences between winter and spring with the students.  We create lists on the SmartBoard or on chart paper of winter/spring opposites or analogies.  Think about the weather, the environment, animals, clothing, sports, holidays, foods, and activities.  Here are a few word combinations my students came up with;

ice skating - rollerblading
winter coat - jacket
snow - rain
animals hibernate - animals are active
Christmas - Easter
hockey - tennis
snow drifts - rain puddles
snow boots - tennis shoes

You get the idea.  
After brainstorming and making lists of winter words  in  one column and spring words in another, it is time to write.  Start the poem with 
Goodbye ___________(insert a winter word or phrase)
Hello _________________(insert a spring word or phrase)
Goodbye __________
Hello ______________
Keep repeating to the end.  If the students ended up with one line left over, they wrote "Hello Spring!"

Mount the poem on 12 X 18 construction paper.  I created some colorful "Hello Spring" titles for them to choose from.  Students then used fun foam shapes such as bugs, frogs, and flowers to decorate.  I had some  diecut shapes for them to use also.  
The students had an easy time creating their poem and they loved decorating their page.

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Here is a FREEBIE!
I have created a packet of  bordered papers and the "Hello Spring" titles. It has several papers; plain lines and penmanship lines, depending on your grade.
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  1. Hi, I found you on TBTS. (I just joined today!) and I'm your newest follower.
    I love your "hello, goodbye" poems. So simple and lovely. I teach Kindergarten and I would love for you to check out my blog when you have a chance.

  2. I love this idea! I am currently having a bit of a difficult time teaching poetry. Some students are really struggling to understand how to write it so I am going to use your idea to help them! I teach Grade 2, so I might add some things to make it more for their level. So helpful!! Thank you!