3 Ways to Teach Poetry

National Poetry Month in April is perhaps the best time to celebrate poets and their poetry and also teach poetry to your students.

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But poetry doesn't need to be taught only during National Poetry Month.

If integrated into the daily curriculum, it is an effective medium of promoting literacy and also a medium whereby students express themselves unreservedly.

Besides, reading a poem aloud to the class at the start or end of the day creates an appreciation for the elements of poetry, namely rhythm, and rhyme.

So here are three main ways that we can teach poetry and inspire a love for poetry in our students not just during National Poetry Month, but all year round.

Teach Poetry With Inspiration From Nature

Much of writing poetry stems from the stimulation of our senses. So, for students to get inspiration for their poems, take them outside - away from the four walls of the classroom and out into the great outdoors.

Poetry in nature

Mother nature has her way of bringing out the best of human emotions and this is the moment when students will understand the poetic devices of simile, metaphor, personification, and the rest.

Teach Poetry Through Dance

To target your kinesthetic and visual learners, you can teach poetry through dance and movement.

writing poems through nature

Students will be able to derive meaning from poems when they are performed.

Through the dance teaching methodologies, students will learn to appreciate a poem's form, content, narration, and style.

Teach Poetry Writing Explicitly

For students to enjoy poetry, they need to be explicitly taught how to write poetry. I have found that by scaffolding the structure of different poem types, students have a better understanding of poem content leaving more room for creativity.


Teaching poetry types to celebrate National Poetry Month


Some of the popular poem types are: cinquain, diamante, haiku, acrostic, limerick, bio poem, about me poem and others.

The best part is that students get to compile an anthology of all these poem types. This is definitely a valuable keepsake for them to cherish, appreciate poetry, and above all a creative outlet for their thoughts to become words.

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Easter Multiplication Math Activity

 Looking for a fun Easter multiplication math activity to have your students practice their timetables?

Then check out this freebie!

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But first...

how do you teach your students their timetables?

Do they learn by rote or via visuals?

Conversation at the lunch table in the staff room the other day revolved around whether we should teach students the time-tables by the drill method, whereby they just need to know, for instance, that 3 x 8 = 24, or with the help of visuals indicating 3 rows or groups with 8 in each.

 math multiplication activity

We eventually all agreed that initially, students need to be taught their timetables with the help of visuals so as to make abstract content more concrete.

Once they get the picture of what the multiplication fact indicates, then they can move to learn the timetables by heart.

So, to better understand the reasoning behind a multiplication fact, you can show it:

As an array to represent a multiplication fact

For the fact, 2 x 7 = 14, students can visually identify that there are two rows of Easter Bunny Ears and seven bunny ears in each row which makes a total of 14 Easter Bunny Ears.

math multiplication activity

 By placing objects in equal groups to represent a multiplication fact

Hence for the multiplication fact, 8 x 5 = 40, students can once again see that there are eight groups (Easter Baskets) and five Easter Eggs in each group for a total of 40 Easter Eggs.

Easter math multiplication activity

By relating multiplication to addition which further strengthens conceptual knowledge

In this example, students can once again prove that the digit 9 added four times gives the same product of 36.

Easter math multiplication activity

By finding the missing factor in a multiplication sentence

Easter time tables math multiplication activity

Or the square of a number in a multiplication sentence

Easter multiplication activity

And listing the multiples

 math multiplication Easter time tables activity

Eventually, when it comes to problem-solving, students will apply their understanding of multiplication to solve a given problem involving the timetables.

math multiplication Easter time tables activity

This especially helps to recall facts on the spot and no doubt speeds up their time spent solving problems.

With Easter around the corner, here’s a digital freebie to boost your students’ time-tables skills.

This resource is also included in a growing bundle that will eventually have all the major celebration-themed timetables to enhance your students' number sense skills.

There are quite a few already included.

A print version is also available.

Click here or on the image to access this fun digital freebie. 

math multiplication Easter time tables activity


More subtle learning activities with celebrations to come - stay updated with this mega bundle.  

Until next time...



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Have you heard of the new digital tool, Easel by TpT? With it, you can turn a narrative writing pdf file into an interactive digital activity.

For instance, in this digital personal narrative writing prompt activity, all you need to do is open the pdf file in Easel by TpT and add text boxes to input students’ responses or type out instructions for students to follow. 

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And if the teacher-author has already pre-formatted the narrative writing pdf file to be compatible with Easel, then that makes your task even easier.

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Students now simply type inside the highlighted text boxes to respond to their digital personal narrative writing prompt and follow instructions they see. Easel by TPT makes it all so simple. 

The annotating tools in Easel by TpT are also very useful. In the narrative writing digital student checklists below, students can use the ‘Pen’ tool and the ‘Highlighter’ tool to annotate the document. 

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The teacher can also use the same tools to annotate the digital narrative writing rubric or to type instructions for students on the document.

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Want to give Easel by TpT a try with this digital personal narrative writing prompt activity? 

You’ll find a freebie on structuring the elements of a digital personal narrative on an open-ended prompt. Checklists and marking rubrics are also included. 

narrative digital writing freebie with easel by tpt

The pdf file has already been prepared to be compatible with Easel, so all you need to do is assign it to your students. You can do this in Google Classroom and students can turn in their work when completed.

Eventually, I plan to update all the existing resources in my mega growing writing bundle to be digitally compatible. 

There are also so many more tried and tested digital resources to add to this bundle. If you decide to purchase this growing writing bundle now, you’ll save heaps and get all the updates for free. It includes the persuasive, narrative, and informational writing genres.

Access the free digital personal narrative writing prompt activity with Easel by TpT by clicking on the image link below.

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Complete writing lessons that build towards this activity will also be uploaded to my store - so keep in touch...

On a sidenote, If you use this resource with your students, I would be thrilled if you tag me on instagram @teachtotell.

Stay safe!

Until next time...