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    Poetry Notebooks
    By gel2981

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    This is the 2nd year that we have used poetry notebooks in 1st grade where I teach. This is what we do and it has worked well so far. However, I've picked up some ideas here that I really like today--thanks. (3 days on the poem, drawing a child's name and letting them choose a poem to read, and poem for homework one night). We begin by writing our poem on sentence strips and displaying them in a pocket chart. The first day I read the poem to them several times and we discuss what it is about. Day 2 - On the sentence strips, we identify (by highlighting with colored cellophane type transparencies) the capital letters and punctuation and talk about why they are there. Day 3 - rhyming words and word family chunks. Day 4 - We read the poem either chorally or clapping the rhythm. Day 5 - I give them their copy of the poem to put in their poetry notebook. They go back and highlight the things we have done earlier in the week and then illustrate the poem and put it in their poetry notebook. This has been fun and we also are learning about those word families, etc.

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