I work at a school that is a Core Knowledge school. Being a Core Knowledge school we have a curriculum that we have to cover that spirals throughout the grade levels. We also do our state standards and common core. With being a Core Knowledge school we have a lot of poems that we have to cover. Since we learn poems throughout the whole year I have the students make a Poem Notebook. This is a great way for the students to have a collection of poems for them to keep. We use a spiral notebook for our poem notebook. I usually print out a cute title for their notebook on a label and then a label with each child's name.
At the beginning of the year we start these books. We always start the year learning our color words. I have awesome songs I teach my kiddos from Heidisongs for the color words. I print out the sheets that go with the songs and on one side of the notebook we glue the poem/song/saying and the other side we put a picture.
For the color words I use Heidisongs songs for the poem and for the picture I use TLC Art Color Book. Here are some examples.
Sometimes I don't use the TLC Art projects. Sometimes I create my own project. The one below is a pig. I guess the girl didn't finish hers.
Other times, I print a picture from the internet that matches the poem we are working on.
Sometimes I have the students illustrate the poem.
Sometimes I make copies of worksheets I have on a certain topics the students to use.
Below is a saying that we cover. I love having the students illustrate the sayings before I explain what it really means. Their interpretation of the sayings are so cute to look at.
Throughout the year we work on Nursery Rhymes. These are also added to our poem notebooks.
I just love these notebooks. They make a great end of the year keepsake. The parents of my students also love them. They make a great collection of their work.
Do you make something like this with your class?