Today's Poetry Friday Round-Up is being hosted by Linda at Teacher Dance. Make sure you stop on over to see what poetry goodies she has for our "Poetry Break!" pleasures!
Poetry Props . . .
Engaging Readers & Entertaining Audiences!
One of my favorite poems to introduce to children this time of year is Jack Prelutsky's spectacular Skeleton Parade! Traditionally I dim the lights, introduce the idea of a skeleton and a parade of them on Halloween, turn on my spooky voice, and demonstrate how to dramatize the poem as it is recited. Children love it and are captivated by the magic of a spooktacularly fun and engaging poem! Prelutsky's poem is easily remembered and children are able to reread it several times afterwards with confidence in themselves because of the creative dramatics that we used to recite it in the first place. This poem is one that certainly sticks with you!
Earlier this week my good friend and colleague, Ellen Mouillesseaux (literacy curriculum specialist), presented me with a poetry present! She had discovered a lovely little garland of skeletons at her local dollar store and cut the little guys off the garland to become individual skeleton props! We all had such fun using the little skeletons as we recited Skeleton Parade! Children dangled tiny skeletons off their finger, marionette-style, as their skeletons "marched about the streets with bony bodies, bony heads, bony hands, and bony feet!"
If you are not already familiar with Skeleton Parade, march yourself to your school or public library to check out a Halloween poetry collection! You can find Prelutsky's poem in a couple of different poetry collections or anthologies. Here are a couple . . .