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Elementary Lesson Plan


Adoff, Arnold
Street Music: City Poems
Fifteen poems explore the sights and sounds of life in a big city.
Franco, Betsy
A collection of poems written in the form of mathematical problems and grouped according to seasonal themes.
Grimes, Nikki
A Pocketful of Poems
Poems and haiku verses provides glimpses of life in the city.


haiku (noun) - a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons



"Poem in a Bag"

Put a selection of age appropriate words into an opaque bag. Have the children each choose several words. Then instruct the children to write a poem using all the words. You could also have the children choose just one word and write a poem about that. For example: One word: House-write a poem about a house/Multiple words: write a poem including these words house, Miami, concert, tugboat.

"Poetry Puzzles"

Choose several different eight-line poems. Cut the poem into eight lines plus the poem title. Mix up the lines. Divide the children into teams and have a race to see which team can complete the poem correctly.

"Pizza Treatsa"

by Douglas Florian

I love to eatsa
chewy pizza,
Standing up
or in a seatsa.
A neatsa pizza
can't be beatsa.
Eat it with your
hands and feetsa.


Pennsylvania Academic Standards:

1.3.3.D. Identify the structures in poetry (e.g. pattern books, predictable books, nursery rhymes).
1.4.3.A. Write narrative pieces (e.g. stories, poems, plays).
1.6.3.B. Listen to a selection of literature.