Sunday, April 28, 2013

Poetry


 
 
Also hanging in our first grade hallway are poems about nature.  Koi colorings are attached to the top and bottom of each poem.  The children were introduced to Haiku after listening to the book, Flower, Moon, Snow by Kazue Mizumura.  Our focus for this poetry writing activity was to capture a moment in time and write about it.  Later in May, we will work on the challenge of writing original Haiku in the 5-7-5 form.

Although Common Core guidelines don’t include poetry writing in first grade, we do have guidelines in the Reading Literature Strand:  “Read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1”.  Since writing activities should be purposeful and genuine, it’s fitting for our creative first graders to extend their learning of poetry with writing original poetry. 
 
 
 
 
 
A giant firefly:
that way, this way, that way, this -
and it passes by
-Issa
 
There in the water
color of the water moves...
translucent fishes
-Raizan
 
Squads of frogs jumped in
when they heard the plunk-plash
of a single frog
-Wakyu
 
From THE FOUR SEASONS:  JAPANESE HAIKU WRITTEN BY
BASHO, BUSON, ISSA, SHIKI AND MANY OTHERS

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