Tips and tools from an elementary school Literacy Coach
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Poetry Stations & Scavenger Hunt *Freebie
I think my posts will be brief until I get this splinty thing off my pinkie and no longer have a giant ringkie finger that gets in the way and keeps pushing letters and does NOT help me capitalize things with the shift key and just generally hurts because I can't rest it on anything.
But I really really wanted to share this activity we're doing to review poetry.
This week, the kids are working in poetry stations to review the characteristics of poetry. We read a poem for shared reading and spent some time identifying important ideas and language in the poem. There are four stations for students to rotate through. Each station includes a matching activity and Test-like questions to practice the skill. I work with kids when they reach the most difficult station (station 2, this time). We analyzed a practice test to see where they were struggling. After we stopped crying, we created stations to address the worst of these areas.
These are the four stations:
1. Word Work. Matching activity: match synonyms and antonyms to words in the poem. Questions: context clues, synonyms, and antonyms.
2. Making inferences. Matching activity: statements from the poem to conclusions/inferences you can make. Questions: The reader can tell... type questions, and questions about why the author chose to include certain lines/stanzas.
3. Features/Characteristics of poetry. Matching activity: match words like, "stanza" and "line" to examples from the poem. Questions: using features of the poem to answer questions.
4. Figurative Language. Matching activity: match lines from the poem to two things: the poet included this line to show... and this line means... Questions: interpreting figurative language.
I know this is vague... I can probably clean up the files a little to show you sometime - but typing hurts. waaah.
Anyway, this is the freebie for you: if the kids finish their station early, they can work on the poetry scavenger hunt below. I included two levels to make it useful for different grades. Grab it for free at TPT or Teacher's Notebook.