Thursday, January 31, 2013

Poetry Friday: Celebrate Groundhog's Day with a Poem!

  by Amy Merrill1
Groundhog Poem Poster (along with a fun snow poem)

Happy Groundhog's Day!

Many years ago, I began to use this fun poem about groundhog's day with my students. I am not sure where I found it and I never was able to identify an author. It is a simple poem that helps explain the mystery that seems to surround groundhog's day each year.

I first recite and dramatize the poem for the kids. Then we recite it again in an echo format. And, of course we follow with a choral recitation, as we all act like groundhogs.

As a final bit of groundhog fun, students attach the poem to the back of a groundhog stick puppet. Groundhog's Day would not be complete without this little poem celebration!

Stayed tuned for some pictures of our groundhog poem puppets!

 Happy "Poetry Friday!"  I am happy to be sharing and participating, once again,  in this wonderful community of poets and poetry lovers!  Today's "Poetry Friday Round-Up" is being hosted by April at Teaching Authors.  Stop over to her blog for a cup of tea and some poetry! 

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Beginnings

Happy New Year! 

and Happy Reading & Writing New Year!

Many of us set goals and resolutions for the New Year.  I am one of those individuals!  Some of my resolutions for this year include both reading and writing goals that I'd like to accomplish.  One way to incorporate writing into your daily life is to keep a journal.  I have always kept a journal (or ten!) and have resolved to rejuvenate my personal reading journals.  I plan to to this via GoodReads, my musings here, and my handwritten journals.  One of my favorite types of journals to use is a collage journal.   

Today I am a guest on Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's blog, Sharing Our Notebooks, where I share my collage journals.  Be sure to visit this wonderful resource for ideas and inspiration for writing.