Heading into another first grade class tomorrow, and we are going to write poems about night. They have been exploring everything having to do with night, so the teacher and I thought writing poems about night would be a good way for them to get down in a creative form the different things that they have been learning. Here’s how we decided to set it up:
Writing Night Poems
Objective: For the students to articulate their vision of night in the form of a picture and in the form of a poem.
- Start by looking at a drawing or two of Night. I found some cool ones online.
- Talk about what we see and as the students talk, write what they say on the board, creating a spontaneous poem. (Teacher will do this)
- Have the students draw what they think night looks like. We draw with them!
- Students pass their drawings to someone else in class,
- Read a poem about night (see below)
- Talk about the moves that the poem makes in the poem. Come up with some great night words. Write on board
- Students then write what they see in their friend’s drawing, creating another, self-written night poem that is inspired by their friend’s drawing.Teachers write too!
This will probably take more than one period, but I think we can get the project up and running and then the teacher can take over and lead it to its conclusion.
Working smart board to project pictures
Big white board to make the collaborative poem about night
Big sheets of paper and pencils, pens, and crayons for the kid’s drawings of night
Paper to write their own poems about the pictures
Poem to read Thanks to Larry Fagin!