Language Arts Activity
In this activity children will compile a list of the things they
look for in a friend and use that information to create a simple
poem. Using a familiar topic may make poetry a little less
daunting for some children.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Pencils and paper
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
WHAT TO DO
- On the chalkboard, brainstorm with children a list of
characteristics that make a good friend. Then explain that these
characteristics will be used to create a free-form class poem.
You may want to write the following sample poem on the board to
get the class started:
A good friend
Plays with you,
Laughs with you,
Shares with you,
Talks with you,
Listens to you,
Tells your secrets
- Have children create their free-form class poem using some of
the characteristics from the brainstorming list. Encourage
children to illustrate their poems.
- Display poems in a special section of your school or classroom
and invite others to come and enjoy them.
- Set aside time for a class poetry reading where children can
share their individual poems with one another, invited parents,
and/or another class in your school.
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