Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Im stronger than the monster beneath your bed/Smarter than the tricks played on your heart

Week five/blackboard poems
Previously Lie Poems
This morning we did a simple poetry lesson that also worked on letter recognition. Finn dictated a "poem" about the scary closet in his room.(How is this so universal?) and I wrote it on the blackboard. We read it a few times and then I asked him to pick the words he wanted to learn to "read" and he choose a few and we made a little game to play. I cut out the words and he had to find the matching word and tape it over the original word. Every time he found one he got to put a magical stone on the word.(God love sparkly shiny raised stickers)
It was simple and you could also write a famous poem on the blackboard or paper and play the game this way to introduce great poems to children.
I also found this site and nearly fell over. This is one cool place! I want many of these cool instruments!


Anonymous said...

Foul temptress! That is an excellent site--I've bookmarked for future gift-giving events. Maybe we'll try a driveway poem today--it's our biggest chalkboard.

Dawn said...

There's this great book called Spinster by Sylvia Ashton Warner (it's a novelization of her memoir, Teacher -- she wrote 'em both but the novel has romance). It's about her teaching the Maori children in New Zealand how to read by teaching them the words that are MEANINGFUL to them vs. the Dick & Jane kind of stuff. Your post reminds me of this. :)

robin ann mcintosh said...

what a great idea! i might try this with the third grader i teach on tuesdays and fridays. thanks!

and great photos, too :)

village mama said...

lovin' the ongoing ode to poetry month!

I went to the link, of course, straight to bargain basement, that harp's a beauty!

Joeprah said...

You are so creative! What a great idea. You are inspiring really.

Lisa, F is for Fischer said...

Just found your site via Surely You Nest. I love it! Thanks for the great ideas.


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