Submitted: April 24, 2003
a class, brainstorm a list of words to describe a topic (ex: Spring). Divide the
class into small groups (3-5 kids) and give each group one sheet of paper. Each
student will write a sentence using one word from the list to create a stanza
for the poem. Depending on ability they can make their stanza rhyme, or you could
have them make each stanza a cinquain, haiku, etc. Each group shares their stanza
with the class and the teacher writes the poem on chart paper. My first graders
really like this activity. We do it for each season, different holidays and events.