Tuesday, September 30, 2014

When our children are in elementary school, it’s incredibly exciting and rewarding to see them emerge as writers tackling more challenging creative writing assignments. I enjoyed watching my daughter work on her first “real” sensory poem.
Poetry Writing for Kids: How to write sensory poems.

What Is a Sensory Poem?

A sensory poem is a good way for kids to get started in poetry. The goal for this poem is not to rhyme, but to be as descriptive of a subject as possible. The subject is described using 5 senses, and the third grade students in my daughter’s class were expected to take their poem from a rough draft to a finished and illustrated final copy in 3 or 4 sessions this past week.

Getting Started with a Sensory Poem

Smarty brought home her rough draft, and I could see how students first used a graphic organizer to capture verbs and adjectives for each of the senses and then wrote their sentences. I couldn’t find a free version of the organizer that Smarty’s teacher was using, but it’s similar to this free printable sensory images template, except that in hers the senses were horizontal, which left more space for writing.

Five Senses Organizer Creating Memories

Smarty was so proud of her poem that she asked for extra computer time over the weekend to type it in. I printed it for her, and she decorated it. I scanned her finished poem and added it as “entry #3” to her Books of Poems and Silly Rhymes that she started in preschool. It will certainly be interesting to see how her sense of language develops over time. I am hoping to add a Halloween poem to this book this year :)

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Your Turn

Have your kids tried their hand at poetry yet?

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Ticia said...

She did a good job. Princess has already filled a book or two with poetry, she reads them to me from time to time and it always makes me smile.

At some point I need to break down and teach some poetry to my kids regardless of my personal feelings on poetry.

Deceptively Educational said...

That graphic organizer is awesome. What a clever way to help kids think of adjectives. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Fischer said...

I love this idea. It is such a great way to introduce a child to writing poetry. I'm working on a post about poetry and kids right now, so I'll be sharing this post there as it is such a fabulous idea. So glad to have found it. Thanks!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love the details in Smarty's poem!