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Kids love to sing and swing.
Use music and movement to power up the learning process at the start of a school day or when students’ energy slips after lunch.
Rock to the Rhythm of Writing – Put poetry into motion by inviting kids to “rock to the rhythm of writing” as you recite fun rhymes or free verse poems.
Students in grades 3 – 5 easily grasp the concept of powering up with a poem.
Encourage them to clap lightly (so as not to drown out your voice) or snap their fingers as you recite
A Pocket Poem by Bobbi Katz (shown below)
With a poem in your pocket
a pocket in your pants
you can rock with new rhythms.
You can skip.
You can dance.
And wherever you go,
and whatever you do,
that poem in your pocket is going there, too.
You could misplace your homework.
You could lose your left shoe.
But that poem in your pocket will be part of you.
And nothing can take it.
And nothing can break it.
That poem in your pocket
Inviting students in grades K – 2 to “act out” what a poem is about is another engaging way to put poetry in motion to power up the learning process. (more…)