Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Poetry Activities: Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and Drawings

Shel Silverstein’s books (which include classics like Falling Up, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and others) are excellent resources to have for exploring poetry.  Since April is National Poetry month, a simple visit to Silverstein’s official site provides several ideas for using his work in the classroom over the next few weeks.

Here are a few suggestions:

·      Here is a list of Poetry Month activities.  You can work with students to uncover rhymes, deciphering mood, identifying personification and much more by using some of these ideas.
·      Students can examine poetry and illustrate their visualizations in these two amusing printable booklets
·      There is also a lesson plan for Silverstein’s Runny Babbit book.  More poetry exploration and practice for fluency is encouraged.
·      Even more poetry printables


Check out the site for more information on the author and his work.  His books and activities are always a great way to inspire a love of poetry within students.


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