National Poetry Month: Color Poetry

              During testing I do one of my most FAVORITE units- poetry.  I really wish that I did this unit earlier in the year because I think it helps out SO MUCH with word choice, but it seems like I never fit it in. I like to do it during testing since my kids are so fried and poetry is so much fun. However, it does fit in nicely since April is National Poetry Month.  Over the next few days I will share some of my most favorite poetry ideas!

This year I started with color poetry, but normally I start with sensory poetry- I had unintentionally hooked my kids and needed to do the color poetry first!
To start this activity my students I do a simple web.  Yes, I know that foods are a thing, but I separated them for spacing issues since the students come up with so many foods.  I choose a color and then model for students.  Then students find a partner and brainstorm more things and we complete the web together.

After I have modeled this, students choose a partner and a color and then complete the web with their partner.   After students have had a few minutes to work on the web I pull them back to the carpet.
            I explain that now we are going to do an activity with our color.  I show students this sheet.

I explain that Crayola has created some new colors and needs help naming them.  The unintentional hook?  This is where this comes in.  Earlier in the day students had seen me sorting crayons.  I bought one of those crazy big boxes of crayons with a million colors and the built in sharper like this. 

You know that one that drives you batty when students bring it in the beginning of the year because it NEVER fits in the desk?  That one.  I sorted all the crayons into basic colors (red, green, blue, yellow, brown, and so on) and put them in baggies.  The kids where crazy curious about what those crayons were for!

Since I modeled with the color green I choose the green bag and 6 crayons.  I colored a different color in each square.  Then I modeled thinking aloud a name for the color (and discussed NOT looking at the crayons label- we are coming up with NEW names!).  Instead of mint ice cream, I wrote melting mint ice cream cone on a hot summer day, or freshly cut grass, or military man. I modeled refering to the web from early and expanding on it with these four questions:
What does it look like?
What is is doing?
When is it? 
Where is it?
 We continued to do this together.  This activity was VERY hard for some of my kids with language issues.  I was so glad I did partnerships.  I sent kids off with the bag of their crayon color and the worksheet.  Some groups chose the same color so I simply split the bag between the two groups.
Next post, I will share how we turn this into poetry and so an art project to publish it!



  1. Oooh yay! I love this idea!!! :)


  2. LOVE THIS!! I have to plan some writing lessons for my grade level next week and would love to include these ideas! Keep the posts coming!!!

  3. I love this idea! I worked on poetry to go along with my testing last week to bring down the stress levels. I did not get a chance to write color poems with my kiddos so this sounds like a great idea to try and squeeze in this week! Thanks for the idea. Best wishes to your kiddos!!!

  4. I am teaching poetry right now but I love this idea of yours! Great unit! Thanks for sharing it and I hope it win! :)


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