Poetry Activities

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Poetry Activities Karen Schieres Third Grade

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Language Arts Standard Course of Study 2.03 Read a variety of texts including poetry (proverbs, riddles, limericks, simple poems) 3.01 Respond to fiction, nonfiction, and poetry using interpretive, critical, and evaluative processes by considering the differences among genres. Technology Skills Standard Course of Study 1.04 Demonstrate knowledge of individual's rights of ownership of created works by citing sources.

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Essential Questions What are poems? What are some examples of poems? What types of rhyme patterns can I find in a poem?

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Poems are works of literature that use language in a special way. Poems are usually written in lines that have rhythm. Poems can be rhymed or unrhymed. Snow Poem By June Liu Stomp and romp. Slide and glide. Slip and flip. Slush and mush. It’s winter and there’s snow outside!

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Nursery Rhymes Nursery rhymes are examples of poems that tell little tales. Think of a nursery rhyme that you know or find one in a book. Write the nursery rhyme in the usual way. Think of a way that you can rewrite it. Keep the rhythm and rhyme the same, just change the words around and change the ending.

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat Row, row, row your boat Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream. Row, row, row your boat Gently down the river. Hope you’re not too hungry for lunch Cause we’re eating liver! (by Taliyah)

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Haiku Haiku is a Japanese poem that does not rhyme. It is a poem about a single idea. Haiku topics include flowers, trees, animals, seasons, and weather. Haiku always has three lines and a total of 17 syllables. Line 1 – 5 syllables Line 2 – 7 syllables Line 3 – 5 syllables (HIGH-coo)

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Create your own haiku using the following pattern and picture. Use the sample as a guide. Line 1 – 5 syllables Line 2 – 7 syllables Line 3 – 5 syllables bright lightning explodes – (5) black sky turns to pure white light – (7) thunder to follow – (5) by jeren

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Biopoems A biopoem is a poem that describes a person in 11 lines. Read the following biopoem and start thinking of your own biopoem. Victor Playful, creative, honest, smart Son of John A. and Leana M. Lover of my cat named Mickey, penguins, ice cream Who feels hungry, sad, playful Who needs clothes, friends, time alone Who gives food, clothes, smiles Who fears skunks, pain, yelling Who would like to see Queen Elizabeth, Disneyland, my sister, Maria Resident of Gastonia (last name omitted)

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Create Your Own Biopoem Line 1: Your first name onlyLine 2: Four traits that describe youLine 3: Child of……(son or daughter, sibling…)Line 4: "Lover of (3 people or ideas)"Line 5: "Who feels (3 items)"Line 6: "Who needs (3 items)"Line 7: "Who gives (3 items)"Line 8: "Who fears (3 items)"Line 9: "Who would like to see (3 items)"Line 10: "Resident of (your city and state or street name)"Line 11: Your last name only

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Limericks A limerick is a short funny poem containing 5 lines. Lines 1,2, and 5 rhyme. Line 3 and 4 rhyme. (AABBA pattern) There once was a man from the zooWho didn’t know what he should doSo rather than zoomHe fell on his broomWhen he heard the monkey say boo! by Andrea

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Make someone laugh with your limerick. Use the following as a guide. There once was a ______________ from __________________. All the while (s)he hoped _______________________________. So (s)he _______________________________. And _________________________________. That ___________________ from ___________________.

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Rhyme Patterns Poems that rhyme can follow different patterns. *AABB pattern – Lines 1 and 2 rhyme Lines 3 and 4 rhyme *ABAB pattern – Lines 1 and 3 rhyme Lines 2 and 4 rhyme *ABBA pattern – Lines 1 and 4 rhyme Lines 2 and 3 rhyme

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Make Up Some Rhyme Patterns of Your Own Write down some lines for a poem. See if you can make it fit a pattern. Example: The moon is bright. A star glows. Little towns doze Through the friendly night.

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Websites to Visit www.gigglepoetry.com www.poetry4kids.com

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