I thought I’d post about some great poetry resources for casual teachers. One thing I have come to hate over the years of my kids going to school is the endless number of acrostic poems they have to create, when there are so many other fabulous things they can have access to. Last week I read a Roald Dahl poem from Revolting Rhymes to a Year 3/4 class at the end of the day. It was a fantastic little activity that created lots of laughs, and most importantly, lots of discussion. So, I am now inspired to create a list of poetry resources that can be integrated into a unit of work, or that can just be used for one-offs for casual days.
Ken Nesbitt’s Poetry4Kids has a range of funny poems that children can search through and select their favourites.
Ken Nesbitt’s rhyme dictionary. This is a fabulous tool for rhyme-structured poems, and for motivating less-interested students to create poems.
Scholastic has a Poetry Generator on their website that explores Haiku, Limerick, Cinquain, and Free Verse. It demonstrates the structure of each kind of poem and gets children started on their own poems.
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. Read this out loud to the kids and you will definitely create enthusiasm for poetry. Listen to the author reading Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf online on The Poetry Archive.
Michael Rosen writes some fantastic poetry that is accessible to kids.
Haiku Poems at the Kidzone website, which describes the structure, and give examples and worksheets.
Nonsensical poetry such as The Jabberwocky can be used to teach about rhyming structure, alliteration and onomatopoeia.
C. J. Denis wrote Hist!, which can be read by any primary age-group. This website provides biography, timeline, selected poems, letters by the Australian author and much more.