Thursday, March 5, 2015

Kindergarten Poetry Journals

Poetry has become a lot of my students favorite time of the day! They love getting the opportunity to stand up and lead the class in our poem of the week.  They take turns pointing to the words while the class sings the poem. I also let them choose who sings while they point-girls, boys, or everyone, and how they are going to sing-in normal voices, quiet voices, girl voices, boy voices, like monsters, etc.  They have a blast!
Each student gets the poem of the week to add into their poetry journals.  We usually have a focus word that they have to highlight; however, in this case, they had to highlight all of their word wall words.
Then, I give them an image that correlates with the poem to color and glue into their poetry journals as well.
When they are done gluing in their poem and image, they have to create a setting! This is usually my favorite part haha. I love to see the details they add!
When they are finished they place their poetry journals into their book bins for the week.  During the Daily 5, when they go to Read to Someone or Read to Self, they have the opportunity to choose their poetry notebooks as one of the books they can read.  This is definitely their favorite book to read and even your non-readers can feel extremely successful with this poetry book!  
On Fridays they place their poetry notebooks into their backpacks to take home and share with their family over the weekend. I have parents sign each poem to show that they read it over with their child.
To grab your poems, just click on the image below!


  1. I love it! I've been doing poetry journals for years, but this is the first year I didn't do it and I miss it! I believe it's a great strategy for building fluency. I can't wait to buy your packet!

  2. I bought your packet a while ago and then they moved me to first this year so it has been sitting abandoned in my computer files... :( I can't wait to use them if/when I go back to K. I also learned this year that spiral notebooks are NOT the way to go for daily use of any kind. My kids' writing notebooks are falling apart!!!

  3. I love the idea of a poetry journal! Poems are so good for that repetitive practice that the children need at that age! AND such cute photos as well!
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