Sunday, 4 August 2013

Sunday Poetry Slam

This is my very first blog post and I'm pretty nervous. I hope it works....please leave me a comment to let me know.....

This poem is from the CanTeach website which has a good collection of poetry for kids. I used it with my grade one and two kids during the last week of school this year. There was no author credited with writing the poem so if you know who penned it please let me know too.

I gave my kids a 3 x 3 bingo sheet with 9 choices of activities on it. They had to complete three. If I was more experienced I would include a freebie of the sheet here:

But the sheet is locked up at school.  On it there was a variety of choices including reading the poem to yourself then to a friend using several different voices (eg whisper, excited, squeaky - you get the drift), draw a picture of your favourite line of the poem then print the line under the picture and write a sentence telling why you chose it, write 2 new lines for the poem ending with beach and peach, park and dark, etc., use your 5 senses to tell about one of these lines:  It's eating outside, It's water to wade, It's a tree-swing ride, It's dew in the morn. The kids LOVED this activity and I was surprised how many chose writing activities, and how many asked if it would be okay to do more than three!         


love summer! Summer is hot.
It's sun and shade.
It's water to wade.
It's frogs and bugs. It's grass for rugs.
It's eating outside.                          
It's a tree-swing ride.                        
It's tomatoes and corn.

It's dew in the morn.
It's dogs and boys
And lots of noise.
It's a hot sunny sky.
It's summer. That's why.....
I love summer.


  1. Hi Debbie!
    Welcome to the blogging world:) And thanks also for linking up to my Poetry Slam. (I'm taking a break right now but my next one will be September 1st. I'd love it if you joined up again then).
    That's a great poem ~ I use CanTeach a lot, too! Does that mean you're a fellow Canadian blogger?
    Great ideas with the poem too ~ I hadn't thought of those.
    If you have any questions about blogging feel free to give me a shout. I'm always to happy to help out new people.
    Take care!
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

    1. Just checked your profile. I see you're from Kamloops! Cool. I live in Victoria. See ya!

    2. Hi Barb, you are the first person EVER to comment on my new blog. We did MEd courses together at UVic in the summer of 2002. I was so excited to see your name in another Canadian teacher's blog. I found yours and saw your poetry linky and thought, "Okay I've been toying with starting a blog for a month now - just do it!" It's not pretty but it's a start.

  2. So glad you linked up with the Blog by Province! I see you also know Barb, my bloggy buddy and blog designer! Don't you love what she did for my blog? I think it is awesome! Welcome to the big, wide world of teacher blogging! If you need any assistance just drop me a line! I have only been doing this for a little over a year, but I love it!

    1. Your blog looks great! I started following you last month and yesterday I saw Barb's name in your sidebar. Thanks for the offer of help. I'm definitely going to need some pointers. Right now for example I've been trying to add the BC blogger icon to my sidebar but all I get is script. Good thing it's summer!

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