April is the month of poetry so I wanted to do something special and fun with my students having in mind this topic. I was thinking of what to do when I came across this great website calledGiggle Poetry. On this website there is a section called "the Poetry Theater section". There I found very easy and simple poem-scripts that would be ideal for primary ages. What I liked most about these poems is that they are so funny and relevant for my students that they really enjoyed working with them (At the end of this post, there are some files that include some of the poems my 4th graders worked with). How to organize the activity: Each poem has at least two characters, so I divided the classroom is several groups and assigned roles to my students according to their reading fluency. Those with better reading skills got characters with longer scripts and those with weaker abilities got simpler scripts. I let them work together in the classroom. Those groups who had very short scripts learned their section by heart but those who had long scripts could read it while performing.
Objectives: My main objective was to help students develop their reading skills and become comfortable reading a piece of poetry in class. This activity really helped my students achieve these objectives since they were able to read with expression and comfort.
Follow-up: As a follow up activity, I asked my students to draw a comic representing the story of their piece of poetry. They were so creative and original and they did a wonderful job! Have a look at the pictures of their work below!