Family Reading with The Story Box

The Story Box

Those of you who know me well know that I have an addiction to books. I cannot pass up a bookstore, library, or thrift store because I must check out the books! That’s why when I heard about The Story Box, a monthly book subscription service for families, I thought it was brilliant! We got a chance to try out The […]

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Free Printable Pocket Poems

Poem in Your Pocket Day is coming up on April 21. Do you celebrate? If not, you totally should! It’s such a fun way to get students reading and enjoying poems. Poem in Your Pocket Day was first celebrated in 2002 in New York City. It has grown to be a national celebration of poetry. In 2016, Poem in Your Pocket […]

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Easy Haiku Art for the Artistically Challenged Teacher

Easy Haiku Art Ideas

Haiku poetry is one of my favorite forms to teach. I love that haiku poems are able to capture a fleeting moment with a few short words. They are typically about nature, and the imagery in haiku can be incredible. Writing haiku requires so much critical thinking because students must be concise. It is also great for teaching word choice. If […]

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Benefits of Poetry

Benefits of Teaching Poetry

It’s almost April, and you know what that means: Poetry Month. (And taxes, but Poetry Month is more fun.) While I love poetry month, I am also a big supporter of poetry all year! There are many benefits to reading poetry with your students. Read on to find out what they are: Less intimidating for struggling readers. Because poems are often […]

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Do’s and Don’ts for Teaching Poetry to Young Students

Teaching poetry to younger students can be intimidating. Heck, poetry itself is intimidating. I remember being in my college literature courses and being afraid to share my interpretations because, well, what if I’m wrong? That’s the thing about poetry. There’s not necessarily a “right” interpretation, and for teachers, that can be scary because we are supposed to be the ones […]

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