Category Archives: Poetry

Helping Our Buddies with Poetry Reading and Physical Health

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This past Friday we got together with our second grade buddies and combined two favorite activities… Poetry and running. First, we worked on building reading fluency by reading the poem “On the Go” from Scholastic’s Partner Poems for Building Fluency. I enjoyed listening to big and little buddies read together.

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The poem is pretty short, so we used some of our time together to run a mile. My class has been running at least a mile a week to prepare for the fifth grade physical fitness test. Overall, they have been enthusiastic and eager to monitor their times in the hopes of improving. Big buddies enjoyed sharing this activity with their little buddies.

Fabulous Feet Poetry and Art

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After creating our adjective hand art,  I came across this 3D Hand Art project on Pinterest. I loved it, but didn’t want to do another hand art. So we used our feet as our subject.

First, we read and analyzed the poem “Her Daddy’s Hands” by Angela Johnson from Evan-Moor’s Read and Understand Poetry, Grades 5-6

Then we wrote a poem about our feet using an ABCB pattern. To do this we brainstormed phrases independently and shared them. Students were encouraged to change phrases to meet their needs. Students were required to write at least one stanza, but were encouraged to write a three stanza poem.

Here are a few examples of what my students were able to write:

“These are my feet.

My feet are small.

My feet are soft.

They swim and they fall.”

by L.W.

“These are my feet.

They aren’t very new,

They aren’t so very big,

but they make the perfect two.

These are my feet.

They’re no ones but mine.

They’re not different from any other,

but they are so very fine.”

by J.C.

“These are my feet.

My feet are really pretty.

But on really hot days,

they can get pretty sweaty.”

by P.A.

Finally, we completed our 3D foot art. First, we traced our feet. Then we made curved lines from one side of our foot to the other with marker or crayon. Finally, we drew straight lines from the edges of our feet to the edge of the paper. Our objective was to use lines to create an illusion of space. I think this was accomplished. Their projects look like fabric draped over their feet! I love the final product!

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Buddies are the Best

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This week my fifth graders met their second grade buddies! They spent time interviewing each other and getting to know each other.

I enjoy buddy classes. I feel they are great for character education. Buddies work on the character traits of compassion, responsibility, respect, and integrity.

Our buddy classes are going to work on building reading fluency using Scholastic’s Partner Poems for Building Fluency.  In the spring, buddies will be citing a poem in a performance. We’re looking forward to an academic, fun, and rewarding experience.

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