Review Poetry and the
Simile and the Metaphor
Goal: Review poetry
appreciation, understanding, and some basic figurative language.
Procedure: In this activity children will
compile a list of the things they look for in a friend and use
that information to create a simple poem. Using a familiar topic
may make poetry a little less daunting for some children.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Pencils and paper
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
WHAT TO DO
- On the chalkboard, brainstorm with children a list of
characteristics that make a good friend. Then explain
that these characteristics will be used to create a
free-form class poem. You may want to write the following
sample poem on the board to get the class started:
A good friend
Plays with you,
Laughs with you,
Shares with you,
Talks with you,
Listens to you,
Tells your secrets
A good friend
is like a security blanket....
- Have children create their free-form class poem using
some of the characteristics from the brainstorming list.
Encourage children to illustrate their poems.
- Display poems in a special section of your school or
classroom and invite others to come and enjoy them.
- Set aside time for a class poetry reading where children
can share their individual poems with one another,
invited parents, and/or another class in your school.
- Use it with lesson 3 and illustrate the poem.
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