After reading this post, I said, "I LOVE THIS!" So easy and do-able, engaging, on topic, and covers multiple Common Core language standards in one poem in one week. Since I work with 3rd grade, and the 2nd quarter science unit is Objects in the Sky, I asked them if they thought this might be something they'd like to try doing this quarter...they're all doing it! The rest of this post is going to make so much more sense if you go and read the Focus Poetry post first and then come back to my post.
I took the narrative and daily focus from Julie's post and created a Focus Poem template.
Download Focus Poetry Template HERE
Because Objects in the Sky is the science focus for the next four weeks, I found several poems online about stars, the sun and the moon (and there a good many out there, and quality American Literature, too) and I began writing the weekly lesson for that poem completing the template for the first week. I told the 3rd grade team that I would create the Focus Poetry plan for the first two poems for the first two weeks and they would do it after that and share out with each other. (The poems were also added to their Objects in the Sky Text Set that they will use as the core set of hard and digital media sources, text and interactives for this unit. To read more about Text Sets or find the ones created by the TCRWP, click HERE).
For the following poem (our first one) the plans follow:
Download the lesson plan HERE (two poems, two weeks of plans)
If you're interested in the Objects in the Sky Text Set that the third grade team created, let me know. I'll have to ask their permission before I post it here. I'm sure they wouldn't mind, but let me ask.
I also created the bulletin board pieces for them. If you would like to use them too, just right click on any of the images and help yourself.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and consider Focus Poetry for you class or school!