Spring is here! The flowers are starting to bloom on the cottonwood trees. The weather is warming up a little bit more every day. My boys and I planted lettuce and herbs in our pots to celebrate.
Today I am going to further my celebration of spring by participating in the Springing into Learning Blog Hop hosted by Elementary Antics. Everyone who is participating in this blog hop will be sharing spring ideas and freebies.
In my classroom, spring means poetry. We are heading into our unit on poetry full speed, starting with experiencing as much poetry as we can. My students have limited exposure to poems of any kind, so we are going to start with nursery rhymes. For each rhyme we experience, we will be using my Differentiated Nursery Rhyme Response Sheets to help my students continue working on fluency and comprehension while we tackle our nursery rhymes. These sheets are available for free at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
After we have spent a significant amount of time learning about nursery rhymes, we will venture into reading fun poems from poets like Shel Silverstein and even some serious poets like Robert Frost.
Finally we will explore Spring by comparing and contrasting the four seasons. Spring gives us so many great things in nature to write about like: budding trees, blooming flowers, baby animals, and warm breezes. We will use our observations and comparisons to create seasons poems using our Four Seasons Poetry Journal. These journals are available for free through Google Drive.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who is celebrating poetry with Spring. Leave your best poetry idea in the comments, so we can all learn from each other.
And don't forget to stop by Elementary Antic's Springing into Learning Blog Hop to see what everyone else is doing this spring.