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Theme Poems: Using the Five Senses

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Theme Poems: Using the Five Senses

Grades 1 – 3
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 30-minutes sessions and two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Domke

Grand Haven, Michigan


International Literacy Association


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Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

Creating a Feast for the Senses With Mentor Texts

This lesson teaches intermediate students to “use the experts” to learn how to revise to create sharp, sensory-rich experiences for their readers.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Theme Poems: Writing Extraordinary Poems About Ordinary Objects

Students select a familiar object online, build a bank of words related to the object, and write theme poems that are printed and displayed in class.


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Grades   K – 5  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.


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Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3

United States Congress officially adopted the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1985.

Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.


Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 1

April is National Poetry Month!

Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class.


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Grades   K – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Poets in Practice

This article discusses the need to engage students and teachers in active poetry writing.


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Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Write Theme Poems

Use shape and theme poems, or poems that look like the things they describe, as a fun way to introduce children to poetry.


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Grades   K – 6  |  Tip & How-To

Help a Child Write a Poem

Encourage creativity and word play by helping a child recognize the elements of a poem and explore different ways of writing one.


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Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Playful Poetry Books to Share

In this episode, Emily and guest Sylvia Vardell explore fun ways to read poetry with children.


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