Poetry Time!

So we were starting Poetry about a month ago. I wanted a tool to use while we went through this unit, as we were going to be covering a lot of different types of poetry. I decided to make a book for them to use as a reference. Each time we would learn a new concept to poetry or a new structure, we would go over the definition and then add an example for them to use while writing their own. I used my knowledge of Reading AZ books and decided to make them work that same way. I created a book with 8 different structures/literary tools poets use when writing poetry. Here is  an old sample page: 

I folded each page of the book separately. Well, actually, the kids did. They spent a couple minutes folding each page carefully in half (each was a different color), making sure that the words were on the outside. Once they folded them all, they combined them, putting all the open edges together. They then placed them in the cover so that the folded edge was facing out and I went around and stapled them quickly. It worked really well!!

UPDATE! 1/17/15

This was one of the first things I posted in my TpT store. Long story short- I took it down to make some revisions and then my computer crashed and I lost the file. I never went back and finished revamping it... until now!

Check it out here! Content is nearly identical but I've added two versions to better suit your needs. You can click here to check it out in my store!

This book came in handy when they were allowed to do free-writing with poetry. Some had forgotten the structure of haiku from a couple weeks ago, so they pulled out the book, read the definition, and looked at their example. That meant less reviewing I had to do! Next week, we will be publishing our selected poems, adding pictures, and making them into our own book! We'll use this reference guide to make sure each of our poems follows the certain structures we have learned while we edit.


Rainforest Writing Projects

This post is WAY over due. I've found that I have a pattern with this blogging thing. I'm solid for a week or so, then I disappear for an undetermined amount of time. Maybe next year will be better. I got the news this past week that I was rehired for 3rd grade again next year!! So all my "I need to remember to do it this way next year" will actually be possible! Anywho- back to the purpose of this post.

At the end of December (ya- I know- waaaaay over due) students finished up their Rainforest animal reports. We were working on paragraph writing and research. It was a really fun writing project and the best part was coming. Over winter break, students were to create a visual aid to go with their project. We presented them after break, complete with family members, and it was fabulous!  Here are some of their creations! (Sorry for the creepy, headless, children- it's a quick way to protect them through iPhoto.)
This friend created a whole habitat for his parrots

A nicely organized board on Geckos!
Nice use of toys and figurines for the tigers!

This kiddo got very creative with his resources at home! Love the vines on top!

Lots of neat pictures of boa constrictors
A creative display for a red-eyed tree frog
A clay sculture of a Komodo dragon!

This student actually sewed her own amazon river dolphin! Melted my heart!

Awesome cobra sculpture!
Simple but very colorful and great size of a visual aid!

This friend had a really neat diagram attached!
Really cute spider monkey!

As a special treat from me to my kiddos, I brought in a traveling reptile show!! Some students did reports on snakes and lizards, so it worked perfectly!! I even got pressured into holding the snake! I mean, how can I say "no" when 24 children (and 5 parents) are screaming at me to do it?!? I got some really neat shots, but blurring out the faces will just take away from them. So I'll leave you with this gem:


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