Tuesday, January 5, 2016

January A Poem Each Week

The Free January A Poem Each Week has arrived. The days are short, the nights are long and I keep watching for a shard of green grass to shoot through the ground. This month we are focusing on cold, gray days. These poems will take us down new roads and help celebrate the New Year. 

Poetry is great for read alouds and introducing and reviewing standards. This month we are looking at four winter and holiday themed poems.

Hooray! Hooray! It's New Year's Day by Kenn Nesbitt 
(found in the book My Hippo Has the Hiccups)
January by John Updike
The sky is low, the clouds are mean, by Emily Dickinson
Life Doesn't Frighten Me by Maya Angelou

These discussions and activities give students a chance to connect the poems to themselves and the world around them. Many times we forget the fun of poems because we had to "dissect" them in high school and college. But, kids love it! Poems break rules, have a rhythm that kids understand, and allow them to quickly make connections.

Each of these poems can be easily found in your school or local library. Many of these poems used can be found with an online search as well. If you have trouble locating these poems, please ask your school library media specialist for assistance. Use these FREE resources to get your students excited about reading poetry. These are great fillers during the holiday season for read alouds, end-of-the day, and winding down from recess.

You can access my FREE What is Poetry Book to help students learn poetry terms and styles.

So what are you waiting for? Grab this January a Poem Each Week and treat your class to great poems. If you like these you can also download the September, October, November, and December editions.

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Happy Teaching!


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