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Make a Magnetic Poetry Set
Encourage children to spread their wings and write creatively by helping them to make a magnetic poetry set. The finished set features imaginative words that are cut out individually so they can be mixed and matched. Children will have fun writing poetry and will be practicing the parts of speech in the process.
- Youíll need card stock, preferably in six colors, that can be run through your printer and magnetic tape. If you canít print on card stock, just use paper and then glue it to card stock. If you canít find magnetic tape (usually found in office and teacher supply stores), you still can create a poetry card set that you can use on a table or desk top ó or on a bulletin board using tape or tacks.
- Print out and follow the instructions on the How to Make a Magnetic Poetry Set page. The child can use the new set to try his or her hand at writing poems in different ways: serious or silly, rhyming or not rhyming. With the child, check out books and websites that explore the different types of poem structure, from clerihews to haikus, and limericks to diamantes.
- Over time, encourage the child to add new words and different types of words to the set.
- Encourage the child or group of children to start a poetry club that meets at a regular interval. You could even host a poetry slam pizza party for the club at which the children read their poems aloud to each other. If itís a confident group, you could award prizes for the funniest, most creative, and best overall poems.
- Make a fill-in-the-word poem. Have the child choose a poem from a poetry book or website. Help the child remove the nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and exclamations from the poem. Then have him or her use the homemade poetry set to fill in the blank spaces with different words that are the same parts of speech as the words that were removed. Read the new poem out loud to hear how it sounds. This could be a silly or serious project, depending on your mood.