Start every storytime with a poem, The Rainbow
Hand: Poems about Mothers and Children contains beautiful short poetry that small children will respond to.
Teach and have the children recite alphabet
Recite animal poems while the children get to
act out the animals featured.
Teach fingerplays, (small children love these)
and have them perform them for the parents.
Match poems to picture books, Bombs Bursting in Air,
a poem about the 4th of July in Janet Wong's Good Luck Gold and Other Poems goes well with her picture book, Apple
Pie, 4th of July.
Provide (request money from the PTA .(Parent/Teacher
Association) for notebooks, one for each child, so they can create their own poet anthologies over the course of the school
Recite a poem at the start of each class day.
Have copies available of each poem available
so that the children may choose what to include in their anthologies.
Take an elementary class outside to read the poem Clover
from Use Janet Wong's book, Knock on Wood: Poetry About Superstitions. The poem tells us that if you find a
four-leaf clover in the grass, a horse was born there a long time ago. If you give this clover to your friend, you will receive
fame, a faithful friend, wealth and good health.
Have many poetry books always available during SSR (Sustained
At the end of the year, invite all the parents to a Poetry
Reading. Each child will read a poem of their choosing. The child will introduce the poem, naming the author, if the child
is the author, giving some input as to why they wrote the poem, and then read it.
Record the entire presentation. Burn a DVD (more money from
the PTA) as an end of the year gift for each parent.
Use the above mentioned poem anthology strategy.
Once a week at the same time have a child perform a poem
that you have previewed.
Bring a children's poet in for a workshop on writing poetry.
Incorporate poetry into your curriculum especially featuring
historical and cultural poetry.
Use Janet Wong's book, Knock on Wood: Poetry About Superstitions
as a springboard to research different countries superstitions. Have the children create their own poem based on an
Have an end of year recital for the either the parents or
Start every day with a new poem.
Post it on the blackboard or the wall on large paper.
Encourage poetry in all aspects of the curriculum, (historical,
foreign language, cultural).
Use A Suitcase of Seaweed and Other Poems by Janet
Wong to study immigrants and their cultures. Have the teens research their background and write a poem about an interesting
Any of the Behind the Wheel: Driving Poems would
be excellent to start each high school driver's education class
Create a student run newspaper that just features poems
written by students.
Cosponsor a poetry slam with the local library. This will
allow your students to meet and listen to other area young poets.