a seed waits
sun and rain tantalize
Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved
Since Donna asked below in the comments, I will add that this is my picture, the only color in the garden so far, one sweet dandelion!
SHARING POETRY RESOURCES: First it was Poetry Tag Time, then P*Tag, and finally Poetry Gift Tag. I purchased them all for my IPad and proceeded to have lots of fun sharing poems with students and showing teacher colleagues about them. Here is the web page for these e-books. In the past few years, Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have compiled enticing and comprehensive resources for teachers.
The first published book in print was The Poetry Friday Anthology K-5, then one for middle school. They are easy to use, have poems by numerous poets who still write today. The books are organized by grade level, and each page shares a poem and a how-to column called Take Five, five ways to use the poem with students. The final of the 'five' shares other titles that connect.
And just last month, this volume was published! It too will be a marvelous resource for teachers. Each of the anthologies shares an introductory explanation of the useful possibilities of using the collections.
This time, the poems are based on scientific concepts, easy to integrate into any topic being studied, or excellent examples of how to write poems from research of a topic. And all three are also available as e-books.
Examples of some poem beginnings:
"Young and Old Together" by Margarita Engle
I love to help Grandpa in his garden,
planting tiny radish seeds...
Margarita's poem is also given in Spanish.
"Clouds" by Kate Coombs
I saw one little cloud
that looked like a wish...
"Hawking Time" by James Carter
hear my rhyme.
Tell me what
you think of time...
There is extensive and helpful information in the back matter, like important science websites, a brief glossary of scientific terms, etc. All the books are such wonderful resources. I imagine people could certainly share in department groups too!
I was planning to share some of the exciting things happening in the kidlitosphere during poetry month, but Jama Rattigan has shared such a comprehensive list, I think I'll just send you to her wonderful blog post at Jama's Alphabet Soup here!
Don't forget Irene Latham's Progressive Poem, each day a new line!