April is an interesting month at our school. We return from spring break and two weeks later we give state standardized tests. But poetry seems to be a good thing to cover; it’s fun, creative and no pressure!
Today I worked with a fourth grade class and they made spine poems. I start by asking them what they knew about poetry using IB (International Baccalaureate) key concept questions (what is it-form, why do people write it-perspective, what is the function. etc.). We discuss what found poetry is and let them know that spine poetry is a type of that poetic form. I assign them a section of picture book shelves (to limit too much traveling around the library) and limit them to 6 books or so (to decrease the mess of incorrect reshelving). They really have a good time! They work in groups of four or so students and most need very little help. Here are three of the best.