Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Two-Voice Poems

Halloween is a big deal in our school. The day opens with an all-school Halloween parade through the classrooms, and the day ends with a large Halloween party thrown by legions of parents for the younger students. In between we try to still fit in a little learning. One of my favorite Halloween strategies is to surprise my students with You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Scary Stories to Read Together.


I mentioned in my original The Power of Poetry Friday in the Classroom post just how much my students love two-voice poems. At this point in the year, reading (and writing) two-voice poems have become almost second nature to them, and this series of books is in constant rotation during Poetry Friday time.

But, by holding out on them and keeping my copies of You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Scary Stories to Read Together well-hidden until Halloween, it makes for an extra-special time. These poems are great to use at the beginning of the day, especially when we are waiting for the Halloween parade to arrive, and it's a great way to spend any other odd 'edge' times that might arrive during an over-scheduled and over-excited school day.



This week's Poetry Friday Roundup is being curated by Linda at Teacher Dance. See the whole list of hosts at Poetry Friday by Kitlitosphere. This post is also linked up at Social Media Sunday, hosted by the IBA.

11 comments:

  1. Have fun with your students today! Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thanks so much! We had a great Halloween and several students wrote their own Halloween poems too.

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  2. Everyone loves the two-voice poems I know, Katie, but I don't know about this one. It looks wonderful. Happy Halloween to you, parading and scaring each other, at least a little bit.

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    1. Ha ha, thanks Linda. Yes, by third grade we have quite a few more vampires and ninjas and fewer princesses and so forth.

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  3. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tammy! These poems are all so wonderful and imaginative.

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  4. Love this poem, and I think it's a great idea to hide the book until you need it most!

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    1. Thanks, Tabatha! It definitely made it more of a surprise. The tough part is remembering at the end of the year to take back all the books from my library that I want to roll out as the year goes on.

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  5. This is such a cute book. My daughter and I would have had fun with it when she was little.

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    1. I think all ages can definitely enjoy this book (even if they are going through a phase where they are "too cool" to admit it)!

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