April is one of my favorite months of the school year because of Poetry Month. It’s fun to write, fun to read, and the students enjoy all of it! Below you will find a list of activities that are perfect for celebrating Poetry Month.
1. Poetry Flip Book
With students, study the different types of poetry and create a poetry flipbook that students can use as a reference throughout the month.
2. 30 Poems in 30 Days
Using construction paper or cardstock for a cover, have students create a poetry book in which they spend the entire month of April writing and illustrating poems. We obviously aren’t in school all 30 days, so you could double up some days or even assign for weekend homework.
3. Poetry in Pairs
After studying types of poetry, pair students up to write a collaborative poem. They could collaborate in writing the poem from beginning to end, or one student writes a line then passes it to their partner to write the next line.
4. Random Word Poem
Give students a collection of random words. Any number will do, but 5-10 is a good working amount. Once you have given students the list of words, have them write a poem based on the guidelines that you have provided.
5. Poem in Your Pocket Day
6. Poetry Reading
After students have compiled their own writing collection of poetry, invite families or another classroom to visit your classroom so that students can share their work. Make it special by having drinks and a small snack.
7. Read a Poem a Day
Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky are definitely among my favorite poets, and the students love them! Schedule a time every day during the month of April to read aloud at least one poem.
8. Poetry Invention
Have students invent their own type of poetry and name it. For example, a Haiku is a three-lined poem that follows the syllable pattern 5-7-5. Students could create a poem that followed their own syllable pattern of 3-5-3-3 and give it a name. Who knows, they may become famous someday!
9. Publish Students Poetry
10. Favorite Poem
Have students find their favorite poem and read it to the class. The library is always a great place to find a collection of poetry books, but there are a lot of online places to find them as well. Epic is a free digital library with a great collection of poetry books!
11. Create a Skit
Have students find a poem of their choice and with a partner or alone have students create a skit. To culminate the creating of a skit, record it to share or have another class come and watch it.
12. Classroom Book of Poetry
After spending the month of April writing poems, have students pick their favorite poem, and compile a classroom book of poetry. Make a copy for each student as a keepsake.