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Theme Poems: Writing Extraordinary Poems About Ordinary Objects
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Two 60-minute sessions|
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Grades 1 – 3 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students write theme poems in a flash using the picture book Flicker Flash by Joan Bransfield Graham and the online, interactive Theme Poems tool.
Grades 4 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students will be motivated to share their poetry through an online tool the features recording and animation.
Grades K – 5 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry
Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.
Grades 3 – 6 | Calendar Activity |  April 24
Students select a poem and create a Stapleless Book using the interactive tool.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 1
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.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  February 14
Students find examples of figurative language and write an original example of each device, illustrate, and share them with the class.
Grades 3 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  September 26
Students use the Timeline Tool to organize details about Chapman's life, the Venn Diagram to organize information, and the Shape Poems Interactive to create poems about apples or Johnny Appleseed.