As I am working with several elementary aged kids, I am planning my lessons around their poetry units associated with National Poetry Month. When I visited our public library yesterday I came upon several “pockets” throughout the building, stuffed with poems to share. One could easily adapt this to the classroom as kids choose their favorite poem, make copies and take home to share them with their families.
My students have enjoyed Jeff Foxworthy’s books, “Dirt on my Shirt” and “Silly Street.” I have used the poems to illustrate poetry vocabulary– personification, onomatopoeia, metaphor and simile– as well as inference. What is the main idea or theme of the poem?
Also, I found helpful sites for age appropriate definitions and examples of the above terms: