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Bringing Poetry to the Classroom, Grades K-5

April Is National Poetry Month

Found In: language arts,preK-2, 3-5

Lesson Plans 

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain Teaching Plan Students in grades K-2 record local weather and repetition and rhythm in the story.

A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry
Students in grades K-2 select words and phrases to create a collective class poem that they then turn into a performance.

Compiling Poetry Collections and a Working Definition of Poetry Students in grades 3-5 explore forms and craft elements of poetry as they read poems about everyday topics and themes. They collect favorite poems to compile their own anthologies.

Getting Started With Poetry Students in grade 4 listen to and read a variety of poems, discuss poetic language and form, and write their own modeled on those they have heard and read.

Tips for Teaching Poetry For K-12 teachers, here are a number of ways to bring poetry into the classroom.


National Poetry Month Activities
Teachers share ideas for exploring and enjoying poetry in the K-8 classroom.

Poetry Read-a-Thon
Students in grades K-12 choose poems to read and then write prose “responses” to the poems they read. Students keep a reading log and respond to elements of the poem in 75-100 words.

Poem in Your Pocket
Teachers and students in grades K-12 can celebrate National Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends.

Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month With The New York Times
A selection of activities for K-12 students.

Background Resources

Poems for Multiple Voices  An annotated bibliography of poetry for 2, 3, and 4 voices.

National Poetry Month (Reading Rockets)
Learn more about well-loved children’s poets with video interviews, and discover new authors, books and anthologies for K-5.

Celebrate National Poetry Month (Scholastic)
Webcasts, lessons, poetry prompts from well-known poets help inspire your young poets, for K-12.

April is National Poetry Month! (ReadWriteThink)
K-12 lesson plans and activities.

Poetry (National Council of Teachers of English)
K-12 lessons and exercises, themed journals, and galleries of writing.

Find Poetry (
Browse poems in archive by title, first line, author last name or by occasion, for K-12.

Poems (Poetry Foundation)
Search Tool

Poets (Poetry Foundation)
Search Tool

Children’s Poetry (Poetry Foundation)

National Poetry Month: Celebrating World Poetry
Lessons and websites covering different poetic forms developed across time and around the world, for K-12.


Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show: Video


Audio & Podcasts (Poetry Foundation)
Readings of poems and interviews with poets.


last updated: February 18, 2020



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Join the NEA Foundation's National Poetry Month Challenge! Inspired by a Maryland high school student: how educators, students, and poetry-lovers can celebrate the love of poetry.


Michael Rosen is a website dedicated to imparting the love of poetry to your K-12 learners. Use these resources for teachers, news, videos and podcasts for adults and much more.