National Poetry Month

Resources and ideas

Try some of these resources for activities for National Poetry Month!

Poem in Your Pocket Day, April 18th - I had great success with this project and the kids thought it was fun. We allowed kids to read or recite 4 lines or more of a poem (original or from a book - no cheesy "roses are red" type poems allowed) to any adult in the building before school, between classes or at lunch. They could read it to each adult only once. They got a PBIS ticket (token) each time they shared their poem. Adults could share one back if they wanted but did not have to. It was great for increasing positive adult/student interactions.


Education World lesson plans


Teaching Haiku


Education World talks to Kenn Nesbitt about reading and writing children's poetry

Nesbitt explains why poetry is important for children and how teachers and parents can inspire a love of poetry in kids.


Scholastic resources


Reading Rockets resources


NEA - Bringing Poetry to the Classroom grades K-5


NEA - Bringing Poetry to the Classroom grades 6-8