Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring is Here! Blog Hop: Follow the Path of Poetry Freebies!

Welcome to the Spring is Here Poetry Hop!  I want to start off by thanking Carla over at Comprehension Connection for recruiting and organizing over 20 literacy bloggers to participate in the hop to share poetry freebies with you and for creating the adorable hop buttons. 

April is National Poetry Month, so to celebrate, my students have just begun listening to, reading and writing poetry, even on their computers!  Reading poetry is another fun way for students to practice becoming more fluent readers.  If you're a follower of mine, you know I love getting the kiddos to become fluent readers  in a variety of ways.  Novelty seems to be the key to student motivation! (Click HERE to read more.)  

I've shared my love of poetry with students for almost 20 years.  It all began with a gift from my cooperating teacher during my student teaching days.  Below is my original copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.  After reading it hundreds of times to the students and allowing them to read it themselves, the binding fell apart.  I have a new version, but will never get rid of the old! ;)
I have off of school this week, but was able to catch a few snapshots of my students writing poetry before our Spring Break started.  They are thoroughly enjoying being poets themselves! 
Here are some of my favorite read alouds to heighten my students' interest in poetry.  Crack open these books to hear some giggles out of your students!   
Okay... are you ready for a poetry freebie?  The first image below will link you to my TpT Store for some Acrostic Poems your students can enjoy, which includes a poster example of an Acrostic Poem.  I also made sure to offer an open-ended version of the poem to allow students an opportunity to brainstorm a word they associate with Spring!  As you know, a rating/feedback on the freebie is always greatly appreciated! :) 
The second image is my Spring Poetry Pack, which includes a poster example and differentiated student recording forms for each of these forms of poetry: Color, Cinquain, Acrostic, Haiku, Couplet and Diamante.  Want to add it to your poetry collection for free?  Head on down to the Rafflecopter to enter a giveaway! :) 
Looking to infuse technology into your poetry lessons? Check out these online poetry resource sites to use with your students during poetry month and well beyond.  There are a great deal of entertaining, interactive and easy-to-use poetry activities for kids.  
Students create their own poems!
Links to numerous poems for kids organized by themes!
Poems curated around themes for young people!
Poems, lessons, activities, podcasts and so on!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thank you to Paula Kim StudioTeaching Super PowerHello FontsEduClips and Epiphanous Owl for the clipart and fonts used to create the blog hop buttons and the picture collages above!  To continue on the poetry path, click the Next Stop button below for a week's worth of 5th grade Poetry Unit lessons created by the talented Michelle over at BigTime Literacy! 
I appreciate your visit to Literacy Loving Gals.  Don't forget to link your blog under the Blogs tab above, so others may find you when they stop by Literacy Loving Gals. Happy Spring!


  1. I am pinning all of your poetry websites so that I can share them with my student teacher! Thanks for the wonderful links! I can't wait to try them out!
    Stories and Songs in Second

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I hope they're helpful. :)

  2. Excellent post! We've been trying to soak up all the poetry we can in our classroom.
    Teaching, Love, Cupcakes

    1. Thanks, Princess! After we return from break on April 13th, we'll be picking up where we left off, soaking up more poetry, too! :)

  3. Poetry is such a fun creative outlet. It is something I have always wanted to embrace. I love the resources you have shared and that you have combined the fantastic ones you've made with ones teachers can also use in their classroom. Shel is my all time favorite poet. No one does it quite like him. He is magical and whimsical!!

    1. Thanks so much for you kind comments, Carrie! I greatly appreciate it. Shel is my all time favorite poet, too. ;)

  4. Wow...what a great post! I just love all of your pictures and of course, the freebie! Thanks for joining in the fun this weekend.

    1. Thanks for the invite to participate, Carla! I love our Reading Crew and the knowledge and talent they have to offer. :)

  5. Poetry, fluency, and Where the Sidewalk Ends! Great stuff and lots of wonderful ideas in your post!! Thank you!!
    Conversations in Literacy


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