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Poetry in the Bag
This idea is a take on the found poetry strategy and I'm sure it's been published somewhere else. Barry's word clusters reminded me of this activity in my first grade classroom.
Create a bag of words by taking powerful vocabulary from science content (satellite, super nova, or rocket)
Add some interesting onomatopoeia. ( Boom!, Pow!, Brrrrrrrrrrooooosh!, and my personal favorite, crrrrrrrrrash! )
Throw in some unusual verbs (dance, blast, streak, slide, roar).
Model how to pick words out of the bag, play with them to make meaning.
Provide a basket of markers and illustrate.
Open the gate
hopes and dreams
for a teacher
In my second grade class I love reading the book "Ish" and reminding students...write something "poem-ish", it's also fun to do "A Poem in your Pocket" board. Cut out jean pockets, post the poem and have students copy down their all time favorite poem to put in their pocket...they have a blast checking out the other pockets, and poof! They're reading too! :)
I also cemented a large branch in a coffee tin and made a "Poet-Tree"...we hang our favorite "spicy" words on the tree to give us more inspiration, you could certainly hang poems on it too!
Look into a book called Mathematickles. by Betsy Franco. It creates poetry with mathematical formulas.
+ a cat's thick coat
signs of fall
Give it a go....
tree + nest + eggs = hungry babies
tree - babies = a happy cat
I know, that is just plain sick:-)