If using this unit as rotations, simply print out the rotation cards and place them in plastic tubs or file folders. Place the corresponding materials in each center. After teaching a mini-lesson about poetry and dramas, have your students rotate throughout the centers, completing the response sheet for each poem. You may want to have your students divide into small groups for this activity. Students can keep their completed work in a folder using the title page provided. You may also wish to staple all the response sheets together and have students complete them as they rotate through the centers.
If rotations aren’t your thing, you may also use these poems during your whole group mini-lesson. Project a poem on the smart board while your students have a copy of the poem with the response sheet on the back. You may wish to highlight rhyming words or various patterns your students see. You may also want to underline parts where the author uses nonliteral language.
Copyright: All poems and reader’s theaters are in the public domain, an original piece, or permission has been granted by the author.
How to use this in your classroom
Poetry Notebook Title Page (Color)
Poetry Notebook Title Page (B&W)
Poetry/Reader’s Theater Center Cards
How to Read Poetry Poster (Color, B&W)
The Early Morning by Hilarie Belloc for Journal
The Early Morning Response Page
Houses by Aileen L. Fisher
Houses Response Page
Snowflakes by Poetry for Young Scientists
Snowflakes Response Page
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Response Page
Winter by Walter De La Mare
Winter Response Page
Sledding Fun Reader’s Theater
Sledding Fun Response Page
An excerpt from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol Response Page
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