During National Poetry Month in April I have each grade level write some type of poetry. Our state standardized tests are also during April so things have to be flexible and not stressful! This year I decided to try something different and had the fifth grade students create found poetry using cut out words from magazines.
I must admit, I got a little obsessive about cutting out words. It was a great activity watching television at night hunting for words. I almost couldn’t stop and now I have to make myself just recycle that magazine without searching for cool words!
Found Poetry-Words from Magazines
Found poems, according to the website, http://www.poets.org, take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems.
Anyway…..I cut out a lot of words for the students. I created a Google Slide with examples of found poems created using cut out words and showed the students. We discussed what they thought poetry was and how found poems fit into that literary form.
Then I turned them loose with a sheet of copy paper, a glue stick and a whole bunch of words on the tables. I told them to just start looking for interesting words or words they found exciting. They were timid at first but after a couple of minutes they got into the hunt. Then when I said they could get up from their table and walk around to other tables, it really got fun.
Fifth grade students in April can be so blase and cool, but boy, did they get excited. They really seemed to be having a good time. It was an opportunity to be creative, be free, no right or wrong answer and just have fun. And they did.
Sharing with Padlet
I took a photo of each one and uploaded each classes’ poems to Padlet. I emailed the link to the teacher (or the students if they asked). This way they could read their classmates’ poems.
Some of the poems were quite touching. Some were funny and a few were head scratchers. I will definitely do this again next year. In the meantime, I think I see some magazines sitting on the coffee table…..