Explore Poetry! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Poetry! With 25 Great Projects

Poems can be silly, serious, or fun, just like kids! Whether it’s the sing-song rhythm of a limerick, the serendipitous magic of a found poem, the deceptive simplicity of a haiku, or the easy familiarity of an acrostic poem, children are charmed by poetry. In Explore Poetry! With 25 Great Projects children have fun learning about many different forms of poetry while delving into different literary techniques such as personification, metaphor, and alliteration.

Activities include many creative writing exercises designed to reinforce language arts skills, plus art projects that encourage children to visualize concepts and definitions. For those children who learn best while in motion, Explore Poetry! includes activities that involve construction, such as creating a magnetic poetry kit.

Informational and inspiring, Explore Poetry! fits seamlessly into the poetry curriculum of grades 2 to 4 and serves as an enrichment resource all during the school year, especially April, Poetry Month.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $14.95
  • Hardcover, $19.95
  • eBook, $9.95

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10

GRL S

Subjects

  • Reading & Writing

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Poems can be silly, serious, or fun, just like kids! Whether it’s the sing-song rhythm of a limerick, the serendipitous magic of a found poem, the deceptive simplicity of a haiku, or the easy familiarity of an acrostic poem, children are charmed by poetry. In Explore Poetry! With 25 Great Projects children have fun learning about many different forms of poetry while delving into different literary techniques such as personification, metaphor, and alliteration.

Activities include many creative writing exercises designed to reinforce language arts skills, plus art projects that encourage children to visualize concepts and definitions. For those children who learn best while in motion, Explore Poetry! includes activities that involve construction, such as creating a magnetic poetry kit.

Informational and inspiring, Explore Poetry! fits seamlessly into the poetry curriculum of grades 2 to 4 and serves as an enrichment resource all during the school year, especially April, Poetry Month.


School Library Connection
“Students will have fun learning about the many different forms of poetry in this informational resource. This book leads students through creative writing projects, literary techniques, and constructing their own poetry journals and kits, keeping students actively involved while discovering the magic of poetry. Each chapter holds student interest, making this a nice supplement to the language arts curriculum. There is also a chapter on poetry, music, and math relating it to the use of patterns in poetry. Unfamiliar words are clearly defined so even the younger grades can understand their use. Students can hear poets such as Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein read their own poems by using a smartphone or tablet app to scan the appropriate QR code. This book would be a handy resource for teachers to have available to them in the library. Recommended.”

Publishers Weekly
“This addition to the Explore Your World! series of workbooks focuses on both reading and writing poetry, with poems and profiles of famous poets featured throughout. Over five chapters, Diehn describes poetic forms like limerick, haiku, and acrostic; explores literary techniques, such as personification and exaggeration; and finds connections between poetry, music, and math. Projects include creating a poetry journal and writing ideas on rocks to combat writer’s block. Stone’s cartoons, which star a fox dressed like a Beat poet and a Shakespearean bear, make for a lively layout, while helping target the book at younger readers and poets-to-be.”

Ann Turkle, PhD, professor of creative writing
Explore Poetry! is a veritable bento box of poetic snacks. It provides prompts, projects, definitions, examples, models—all the substance for an enjoyable encounter with poetry-making. Explore Poetry! will give parents, teachers, and young learners the confidence to pursue memorable fun with words and the adventure of poetry.”

Peter Money, poet and teacher
“We need all the companions to literature a classroom can carry! The types of poems children will make and speak are everywhere they are. Imagine a vast playground with woods, challenges, games, and treasures. Now imagine the same kind of playground for language: Welcome to Explore Poetry!

Heather Sellers, PhD, professor of English, University of South Florida
“Fabulously readable. Here are 25 projects that really work. Diehn offers so many layers of learning in this bright, fun, accessible, wonderful text. Highly recommended.”

Ellen Daugherty Durr, teacher and literacy consultant
“Through comprehensive content, vocabulary support, compelling examples, and open-ended activities, this valuable resource makes reading and writing poetry accessible to every reader.”

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Make a Poetry Journal

Most poets carry a notebook around with them wherever they go. Why? In case they think of something when they’re not at their desk! Inspiration can happen at any moment, and it’s a great idea to keep all of your poetry thoughts and drafts in one place.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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Andi Diehn

Andi Diehn is a writer, editor, and book critic with a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. She has published dozens of articles, stories, and essays and spent many hours volunteering in her sons’ classrooms. She lives in Enfield, New Hampshire, with her family.


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Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.



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Grade Level: 3–4
Ages: 7–10
GRL: S
Subjects: Reading & Writing,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 96 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

School Library Connection
“Students will have fun learning about the many different forms of poetry in this informational resource. This book leads students through creative writing projects, literary techniques, and constructing their own poetry journals and kits, keeping students actively involved while discovering the magic of poetry. Each chapter holds student interest, making this a nice supplement to the language arts curriculum. There is also a chapter on poetry, music, and math relating it to the use of patterns in poetry. Unfamiliar words are clearly defined so even the younger grades can understand their use. Students can hear poets such as Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein read their own poems by using a smartphone or tablet app to scan the appropriate QR code. This book would be a handy resource for teachers to have available to them in the library. Recommended.”

Publishers Weekly
“This addition to the Explore Your World! series of workbooks focuses on both reading and writing poetry, with poems and profiles of famous poets featured throughout. Over five chapters, Diehn describes poetic forms like limerick, haiku, and acrostic; explores literary techniques, such as personification and exaggeration; and finds connections between poetry, music, and math. Projects include creating a poetry journal and writing ideas on rocks to combat writer’s block. Stone’s cartoons, which star a fox dressed like a Beat poet and a Shakespearean bear, make for a lively layout, while helping target the book at younger readers and poets-to-be.”

Ann Turkle, PhD, professor of creative writing
Explore Poetry! is a veritable bento box of poetic snacks. It provides prompts, projects, definitions, examples, models—all the substance for an enjoyable encounter with poetry-making. Explore Poetry! will give parents, teachers, and young learners the confidence to pursue memorable fun with words and the adventure of poetry.”

Peter Money, poet and teacher
“We need all the companions to literature a classroom can carry! The types of poems children will make and speak are everywhere they are. Imagine a vast playground with woods, challenges, games, and treasures. Now imagine the same kind of playground for language: Welcome to Explore Poetry!

Heather Sellers, PhD, professor of English, University of South Florida
“Fabulously readable. Here are 25 projects that really work. Diehn offers so many layers of learning in this bright, fun, accessible, wonderful text. Highly recommended.”

Ellen Daugherty Durr, teacher and literacy consultant
“Through comprehensive content, vocabulary support, compelling examples, and open-ended activities, this valuable resource makes reading and writing poetry accessible to every reader.”


Projects

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Make a Poetry Journal

Most poets carry a notebook around with them wherever they go. Why? In case they think of something when they’re not at their desk! Inspiration can happen at any moment, and it’s a great idea to keep all of your poetry thoughts and drafts in one place.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

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Andi Diehn

Andi Diehn is a writer, editor, and book critic with a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. She has published dozens of articles, stories, and essays and spent many hours volunteering in her sons’ classrooms. She lives in Enfield, New Hampshire, with her family.

author image
For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.