I have been celebrating National Poetry Month for several years with our students with most grade levels writing different types of poems. I wanted to do something with the kindergarten students this year, but couldn’t figure out how to have them write poetry. I came across the idea of Poem in Your Pocket Day. That was it!!!
First I read several poems to the students and we talked about poetry (what it was, etc.) . I created a template for a pocket, labeled “Poem in My Pocket” and had the students decorate it. There was a place for them to write their name.
Choosing Poems for Their Pockets
Before their next library visit I glued a back onto their pocket front and punched holes into the top. I tied yarn onto it forming a loop. I copied a variety of poems for them to choose from. They got to choose four different poems and fit them into their pockets.
Choosing her 4 poems.
Fitting their poems into their pockets.
Modelling the Give!
When I first told the students they would be giving away their poems, several of them said, “No, we want to keep them!” We decided they could keep one or two but should share the rest. I took a couple of students from each class and we went in search of someone to share our poems with. Success!
Giving a poem (and reading it) to one of our custodians.
The art teacher receiving a poem.
Our Assistant Head of School, who then read her poem aloud with lots of expression and enthusiasm.
Our Head of School who after reading the poem, dated it and added the names of the students as she put it on her bulletin board.
The first day I did this last week, one of the students asked to give our Head of School a poem, but she was in a meeting. After dismissal duty while chatting on the sidewalk, she said a “little fellow” gave her a poem as he got on the bus and I explained about Poem in Your Pocket Day. Yessssss, success! I love when a plan comes together!
I will definitely do this again next year.