Our next installment in The Poetry Friday Anthology series will be published in March! And to whet your appetite for The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, here is the poem for January 29 (today!):
And here are the Take 5! activities that accompany this poem:
|Sample puzzle from National Geographic.com/games|
1. Hold up a single piece from a (jigsaw) puzzle and ask children to guess what it is from. Then read this poem aloud slowly.
2. Invite everyone to join in on the final line (“a puzzling scene”) while you read the poem aloud again.
3. Just for fun, work together to complete an online jigsaw puzzle. One source: NationalGeographic.com/games/photo-puzzle-jigsaw/
4. Pair this poem with this picture book: Hide-and-Seek Science: Animal Camouflage (Holiday House, 2013) by Emma Stevenson, and guide children in finding the hidden animals within each ecosystem to celebrate National Puzzle Day.
5. For another poem about 100 things, look for the poem “My 100th Day Collection” by Betsy Franco (mid-January to mid-February, pages 38-39) and for riddle and puzzle poems, check out Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More! by Stephanie Calmenson (HarperCollins, 2005).
In a nutshell, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations offers:
- 156 new, unpublished poems by 115 poets
- poems tied to holidays, celebrations, historic events, and wacky occasions across the calendar year
- all the poems in both English and Spanish
- Take 5! activities for sharing every poem with children
- every poem paired with a picture book to read aloud for a story time or lesson plan
- skill connections (for CCSS, TEKS, and NCSS)
- poems appropriate for children preK-5 (and beyond)