Celebrating Poetry

Poem in Your Pocket 2013

For Poem in Your Pocket Day this year, we had a display where students could select a poem from one of the pockets.  As students visited the media center to check out library books, the media center staff shared the poems that were in our pockets and invited students to visit the display in the hallway to find a poem that they liked.  It was so much fun when students came back into the media center to share the poems that they had selected.  By the end of the day on Thursday many of the poems had been emptied from the pockets.  This year’s display is about twice as large as last year’s.  We hope to expand our poetry selection again next year.

During media center story times this month, we enjoyed reading Button Up by Alice Schertle, Step Gently Out by Helen Frost, and Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman.  Button Up has the funniest poems, which are told from a perspective of a piece of clothing.  Emily’s Underwear is my favorite poem from the Button Up collection.  Step Gently Out and Swirl by Swirl are books that have one poem and showcase some of the best photos and illustrations!

A group of my first grade students had a wonderful time sharing poems with a class in another state via Skype.  The teacher of this class had participated in a poetry Skype last year to celebrate Poetry Month and made a request to do it again.  We scheduled the Skype and planned what we wanted to share.  The students took turns sharing poems.  Some of the poems were original poetry written by the students and some were not.  We had a lovely time sharing with Mr. Winner’s class in Maryland!

We had so much fun talking with Mr. Winner's students via Skype!

We had so much fun talking with Mr. Winner’s students via Skype!

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April’s Top 20 Titles in the Merry Media Center

Our top titles in the Merry Media Center for the month of April were mainly graphic novels, which is not a surprise.  It was exciting to see that one poetry title, Giant Children, made the list (it was National Poetry month)!
  1. BabyMouse: Rock Star by Jennifer Holm
  2. Zita the Spacegirl: Far From Home
  3. Bone: Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith
  4. Giant Children by Brod Bagert
  5. Mal and Chad: The Biggest Bestest Time Ever
  6. Squish (#1): Super Amoeba by Jennifer Holm
  7. Stone Rabbit (4): Superhero Stampede by Eric Craddock
  8. Amulet (Book 1): The Stonekeeper by Kaza Kibuishi
  9. Amulet (Book 2): The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kaza Kibuishi
  10. Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray by Nick Bruel
  11. Bone: The Dragonslayer by Jeff Smith
  12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
  13. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
  14. Happy Birthday Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
  15. Missile Mouse: Rescue on Tankium 3 by Jake Parker
  16. Stone Rabbit: Pirate Palooza by Eric Craddock
  17. Super Diaper Baby 2 by Dav Pilkey
  18. The Adventures of Ook and Gluk by Dav Pilkey
  19. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel
  20. Bone: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith

Poem in Your Pocket Day

On April 26th, students all over the world celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day (PIYPD).  During the month of April, my students heard poetry read aloud to them and wrote their own poems in the media center.

As a culmination to National Poetry Month, 3 of the classes at HES (two 2nd grade classes and one 5th grade class) video chatted to share their poems with other schools through Skype.  The students had a fantastic time sharing their own original poetry with a larger audience!  When I asked my students who had fun with the video chat, every hand was raised!

Students could pick a poem for their pocket for Poem in Your Pocket Day from our poetry display.