The title sounds so salacious and dirty for such a boring post. I took several pictures of students' final color poems and I wanted to make sure I posted them. Click here and here to read more about how to write and publish these color poems. Student names are blocked out for privacy.
Here is a student example of her first brainstorm, color planning sheet and final product:
The last activity for my poetry week
is an activity I learned from a teacher I worked with several years ago. I thought she was (and is) brilliant and want
to be just like her!
We use the poem If I Were in Charge
of the World by Judith Viorst as a
model and write our own version.
If I Were In Charge of the World
If I were in charge of the world
I'd cancel oatmeal,
Allergy shots, and also Sara Steinberg.
If I were in charge of the world
There'd be brighter nights lights,
Healthier hamsters, and
Basketball baskets forty eight inches lower.
If I were in charge of the world
You wouldn't have lonely.
You wouldn't have clean.
You wouldn't have bedtimes.
Or "Don't punch your sister."
You wouldn't even have sisters.
If I were in charge of the world
A chocolate sundae with whipped cream and nuts would be a vegetable
All 007 movies would be G,
And a person who sometimes forgot to brush,
And sometimes forgot to flush,
Would still be allowed to be
In charge of the world.
By Judith Viorst
Just as in the Grandmother’s brook poem we
first read the poem two times. Then we
read the poem line by line and discuss.
Some things we discuss:
Who is the speaker? How old is the speaker? How do you know this?
Does the speaker have allergies?
Why would the speaker want brighter night
What happened to the speaker’s hamster?
Why would the speaker want lower basketball baskets?
How does the speaker feel sometimes?
Does the speaker have a sister? How does he feel about her? What makes you
Then we talk about how to speaker really let
the reader in to know his or her inner-most feelings and thoughts. By reading the poem I feel like I actually
know the speaker!
I show students the graphic organizer and I
model how to fill in. I send students off to their seats to fill in
the graphic organizer. We stop A BUNCH
and so a mid-workshop share. Students
share whole class, with a partner, with their table groups and so on. This is an activity in which the more
students discuss the better and more thoughtful the responses are.
Students go back to their seats and use pencil to draw in the brook as the background of the poem. I have them use the entire page- even over the words. Students illustrate what they visualize when we read the poem. I encourage students to use the details that we learned from the poem. For example we know the color of the brook, the trees around it, there is a school house, the stones across the brook and so on.
Then I pull out the big guns. I give students water color paints and have them paint what they visualize. Once again, it is a great way too cool sown after a long say of testing and is still academic.
wrote about how to organize and brainstorm ideas for color poetry. Now it is time to draft and publish!
To actually write the color poetry
is very easy. I have students look at their Renaming Crayons sheet and choose
their 3-5 ideas. If I were to do this activity in second grade would most likely
choose 3, and in fourth grade I would chose 5 ideas.
Then drafting is simple! Students
start the poem with the color and then each of their color names is one
line. The poem ends with the color
again. Here is an example:
By Mandy Gregory
Freshly cut grass
Little inchworm scooting
up a leaf
Spring time bugs
about what would create the best look, rhythm and beat since it is poetry. I personally like to guide students to using
the longest line in the middle and building up to it and then going back to
smaller phrases. For example in the
Green poem it is 1 line, 3 lines, 6 lines, 3 lines, 1 line. The lines don’t have to have the same number
like the 2nd and 4th lines- that was just chance.
Then I have
students neatly recopy the poem and go over it with black pens. Students then cut around the poem.
To publish I
then do what I call “Name Artwork.” I have
no idea if it really has a name, it is just something I made up. Students use a big marker to write their
names in large (side to side) block letters as they turn the page. Students need a larger marker and white
computer or construction paper.
for my name I would start with the M going from the top to the bottom of the
Then I rotated the paper and drew
the A, once again in large block letters from the top to the bottom of the page.
I kept on rotated the page and writing the
letters until the paper looked like this. Sometimes I wrote the letter off
center to add more lines to the sides of the paper. Then I connected any lines that where in the
middle of the white spaces. The final
result was this:
Now it is time
to break out the colors! I once again
pull out the baggies of crayons from the HUGE box of crayons. Students then color in each box a different
color from the baggie- I don’t care if mine use the exact ones from the
Renaming Crayons sheet. I just let them
use a variety of colors. I do encourage
them to not let the same colors “touch.”
When students finish coloring, then the glue the poem in the center.
This is a perfect
activity after a long day of testing because it is so mindless AND they look
great in the hall!
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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.
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
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!
Thank you so much
for the well wishes. I am MUCH better after a really HORRIBLE bacterial
infection. I felt *almost* normal this week and finally feel like myself now!
They did find out (just by chance) that I also have gall stones and my doctor
is recommending that I get my gall bladder taken out this summer. The fun never
ends around here. I can't decide if it was the age of 33 or having a child, but
my body has officially fallen apart! I have issues with my thyroid, right foot
and now my gall stones! Yeesh!
We are halfway
through our standardized testing. We will be done on Wednesday. I kept on
thinking, "If I feel this tired just administering the test, my kids must
be EXHAUSTED from taking it!" I am so proud of their effort. However, I am
ready to be done!
Next week will be
making some changes to our classroom and routines. Students will be attending
one center (normally students are always with an adult since we have so many
adult hands in the room at this time) since one of the teachers will be pulled
from our reading block. I am looking forward to trying this out! Students will complete
a worksheet and then a game that will (for now) be focusing on a vocabulary
skill. First up is antonyms! I made this packet to use for this center and then
realized I had several, already made games (anyone ever do this?). To save the
laminating and cutting, I will be using my old games....so on to the fun stuff!
I am posting the
antonym packet I made as a freebie since it has not been classroom tested yet!
I may eventually pull it and put it for sale, but I am not making any commitments!
:) For now it is FREE!
· Directions for an Antonym
Concentration game for two or more players
· Matching antonym cards and directions
for one player
· Direction for a Flip Flop Antonym game
that requires students to draw a card and mark an antonym of the word drawn.
The student that gets 4 words in a row wins!
· Antonym cards
· Independent “Wild about Antonym” worksheet
that practices identifying antonym pairs. An answer key is provided.
· Game answer key * Antonym poster for display
I am considering
making a series of these ready-to-go centers with directions, a worksheet for
practice and/or a grade, and a game to match for partners or independent practice,
and the whole nine yards. Do you think people would want this? I am off to get
a good night’s sleep! Have a great week!
Today was the first day of standarized testing for our kiddos. It was the reading portion. I didn't even take the test and I am exhasuted! I am so proud of my kids- they tried so hard. Now I have to anxiously nauseated calmly wait for the results.
Yesterday we could tell their brains were about to bubble out of their ears from all of the review. We decided to take a break and make secret good luck cards. I called kids into the hall and they drew a classmate's name out of a bag. The student's jobs were to make good luck cards for their secret pal and we had an exchange at the end of the day. The secret about killed some of them, but they LOVED it! Some of the cards were SO sweet. I have the kindest bunch of children this year. I will definitely add this to my to do list every year. Here are a few examples:
Here is another one:
Aren't they super cute?
I had mentioned in another blog post that I do a lesson on HOW to check your work. Here is the simple, no frills anchor chart. First, we took a mock practice test whole group as practice. Then I modeled the incorrect and incorrect way to check your test as I thought aloud. Students had to talk to a partner to determine which was the correct way and WHY it was correct. They had some good talk going on!
I am off today to go 'night-night" as my 18 month old says. I am exhausted.
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