Students worked hard all week? Do they deserve a special reward for a job well done? This activity will offer students a nice break from structured learning. Adapt it to fit your needs. Have some Friday Fun!
This activity, which is frequently mentioned on teacher listservs and Web pages, makes a nice activity for Poetry Month, the last days of school, or any time.
Bring out the poetry books! Encourage students to immerse themselves in the poems you collect. As they read, ask them to keep a record of their favorite poems so they remember where they saw them; they should record the poem title and author as well as the title of the book in which they found the poem. Encourage students to select a variety of poems -- poems of different styles and types, poems that express different emotions, and so on.
Have students bring in old T-shirts or white shirts that they have their parents' permission to write on. The bigger the shirt, the better. Dad's T-shirt is great! If possible, the shirt should be free of advertising. On the appointed day, invite students to use markers and fabric paints to turn the T-shirts into Poet-T's! This is their opportunity to share their favorite poems or poem excerpts -- original and collected -- with their peers and for students with artistic skills to demonstrate those skills by illustrating a poem or two.
When the T-shirts are dry, encourage students to wear them for the rest of the day -- or select a special day to be Poet-T Day in your class or school. Arrange for students to model their creations and share favorite poems with their classmates.
Find links to more Friday Fun activity ideas in our Friday Fun archive.
Find more activities for teaching poetry in Education World's Poetry Month archive.
Article by Gary Hopkins
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