After day 9, we had Spring Break for 10 whole days! Which is also equal to a third of Poetry Month. That’s a lot of time out of the middle of a unit, but we’re back.
We reviewed what we had learned before the break, and I showed them some of their own exemplars on a new bulletin board.
Today we explored the idea of music in poetry. Not literal music, but the ways that poems can sound. I first asked the class for their ideas about what gives poems a sense of music. They mentioned rhyme and rhythm, and thought there might be more than that. We read (and listened to) a couple of poems together and tried to figure out how they got their music- what ‘instruments’ poets use, if I can extend the metaphor a bit further. We read First Flight, by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and The Coin, by Carl Sandburg.
We listed what we noticed (apologies for the blur):
Kids then went and explored their own possible musical instruments.
I can’t wait to see what happens next.