Found Poetry with the Berenstain Bears Books is a wonderful class activity for helping children notice poetic language in books. We did this when we had parent volunteers during literacy time and the results impressed everyone, children and adults alike! Somehow it works out perfectly. First, children are asked to notice phrases in books in a series, such as Berenstain Bears. Other books could be used as well, such as Arthur books or another class favorite.
Basically, learners “mine” the text for their favorite words and phrases and write down only that much on a piece of paper. Then, gathered in a circle, one child reads and the next, going in order around the circle. It is so fun to listen to the class poem! It is a performance of sorts, as well. Somehow when we tried this, the poem begun and ended perfectly without pre-planning. Of course, this is for prose and not rhyming poetry.
Full Lesson Plan Available on ReadWriteThink
The link to the free lesson has four 50-minute sessions to fully develop this idea. At the lesson guide on ReadWriteThink.org there are printables, standards, and student online interactives provided. A preview, rubric, and comment section are included, as well. Oh, and of course, it is free.
The Berenstain Bears Go Back to School
by Stan, Jan, and Mike Berenstain
During summer break, the bear cubs begin to worry about the upcoming school year. Who will their teachers be? Will they get in trouble with the principal? Will they be on sports teams? Of course, when they get to school everything works out and the worries were for nothing. This is a good book to read during the school year when things are fine, to reassure children that this worry happens before each school year and things work out like right now! A good thing to tell children who are nervous is that it means they are excited and about to try something new.
This is a link to my free full lesson based on this book at ReadWriteThink by IRA (International Reading Association) and NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).
Thank you for reading, Carolyn