Poetry in Grade 1

Along with learning about animal classification and animal groups, the students are exploring poetry. The first poem that most of the students practiced writing was the couplet. A couplet is two lines of a poem where the last word of each line rhymes.

A famous couplet poem by Shel Silverstein called Sick begins like this:

“I cannot go to school today”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps…”

Here is a fun video illustrating this couplet from a previous secondary student of Mr. McKillip:

After the couplet, the students experimented with writing an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem uses the first letter of a word to begin each line.

Another type of poem the children are working on is alliteration, also known as tongue twister.

A famous tongue twister is “Sally sells seashells by the sea shore.

Please be sure to share a favorite poem with your child this week.

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2 Responses to Poetry in Grade 1

  1. Becky McElroy Madelyn's mom says:

    Even if it is sandy
    I like to eat candy
    Once a year around this time
    We dress up and form a line
    Go house to house or car to car
    When you are getting candy it doesn’t seem far
    You holler trick or treat
    At all the people you meet
    But first you wait until the sun goes down
    Before you go out and run around
    You’re dressed in something silly or spooky
    Could be something scary or kooky
    There are pumpkins carved with faces
    With candles inside to light the spaces
    Halloween is a blast
    With my family and friends we just laugh and laugh

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