The book includes a poem a week for the whole school year (K-5) with curriculum connections provided for each poem, each week, each grade level. Just five minutes every “Poetry Friday” will reinforce key skills in reading and language arts such as rhyme, repetition, rhythm, alliteration, etc.
- 36 original poems for Kindergarten (with mini-lessons for each poem)
- 36 original poems for First Grade (with mini-lessons for each poem)
- 36 original poems for Second Grade (with mini-lessons for each poem)
- 36 original poems for Third Grade (with mini-lessons for each poem)
- 36 original poems for Fourth Grade (with mini-lessons for each poem)
- 36 original poems for Fifth Grade (with mini-lessons for each poem)
That's a poem a week every week from August through May!
For teachers, parents, and librarians who live in TEXAS, the learning activities for each poem are tied to the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) curriculum standards. For all the states that have adopted the Common Core standards, we offer tie-in activities with the poetry standards identified in the Common Core.
The new Common Core Standards provide a framework that informs instruction and include a component focused on teaching children about poetry. That provides a central focus for this book. This book is first and foremost a quality anthology of original poetry for children written by 75 of today’s most popular poets. Children in any state (or country) can enjoy, explore, and respond to these poems. However, we have also come to realize that educators, librarians, and parents are looking for guidance in how to share poetry with children and teach the skills within the curriculum as well. Thus, this book offers both. Quality poetry plus curriculum-based suggestions for helping children enjoy and understand poetry more deeply.
Explore a poem, connect it with children's lives and capitalize on a teachable moment. Pausing to share a poem—and reinforce a language skill— for five minutes on Poetry Friday (or any other day) is a simple and effective way to infuse poetry into your current teaching practice or routine.
Get your copy of The Poetry Friday Anthology and start the year off with a poem every Friday. Get it here now!