ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Fall Poetry Suggestions

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Poetry Suggestions

Our 5 senses are typically the focus of science instruction early in Kindergarten.  This form poem would be an easy way to apply what students are learning by writing a class poem.  For older students it would be a good opportunity to encourage them to use detailed descriptive language.

Fall, fall, what does it look like?
Fall looks like...
Fall, fall, what does it sound like?
Fall sounds like...
Fall, fall, what does it smell like?
Fall smells like ...
Fall, fall what does it taste like?
Fall tastes like...

Fall sensory poems are also an enjoyable way to teach onomatopoeia (written sounds).  It is the perfect season for: Crunch! Crackle! Hoot! 

Haiku is a lovely way to teach children about syllable structure.  While it was a bit tricky for my students yet in second grade it is a good opportunity to practice as a group. Most students third grade and older should be ready to take on the haiku challenge independently.  Perhaps it would be best to begin by providing a seasonal object (apple, pumpkin, leaf, scarecrow) for students to focus their poem on.
For those unfamiliar with Haiku, the structure is as follows:
5 syllables
7 syllables
5 syllables

the scarecrows stand tall
intimidating the crows
weathering the chill

{terribly lame I realize, but it gives you the the way, it would be fun if you'd share your own fall haiku in the comments today!!!}

At the beginning of the year in my second grade class the students enjoyed writing Fall is form poems to learn about the differences between nouns and verbs.  After writing their poems the students choose whether to present their poems in song, with actions, or with illustrations.

Fall is…
 Noun, verb
Noun, verb
   Noun, verb
{allow the students to create as many combinations as they want}

Fall is
cider simmering
pumpkins glowing
leaves dancing

For upper elementary aged students a Fall acrostic poem would be appropriate.  After brainstorming seasonal words students may creatively assemble their acrostic.

Falling Leaves
Arranging features on a Jack O' Lantern's face 
Losing Daylight
Looking forward to holidays

1 comment:

  1. I love these suggestions! What about writing poems, collecting leaves, and taking pictures, then collecting them in a Fall Scrapbook? That'd be a cool family activity. :)