In celebration of Valentine's Day, we invited classes to come check out our freshly painted Learning Lounge and join us for a quick poetry lesson.
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students used their five senses to write about things they love to touch, smell, taste, hear, and see. First they traced their hands to use their five fingers as reminders of their five sense. They wrote what they loved on hearts, then glued it all together. Here's an example:
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade learned about concrete nouns (nouns that you can sense with your five senses) and abstract nouns (like loneliness or fear), and how they can be used to write poems. We discussed that abstract nouns are often symbolized by concrete nouns. Here is the presentation we used to teach students about concrete and abstract nouns:
Since it was Valentine's Day, we chose to use the abstract noun "love" as the topic of our poem, and students wrote 10 concrete examples of love. We used this website, http://www.festisite.com/text-layout/, to make the poems into a heart shape. Here are some examples of a finished product:
Students had the option to email their poem to their parents. Some super creative students even put their poems into the Pic Collage app and made special Valentines for their parents or teachers. Parents and teachers loved receiving these special Valentines!