I try to offer a variety of poetry-writing activities in the library in honor of National Poetry Month in April.
Magnetic poetry is always fun, and it can be inexpensive too if you make your own set. You can buy 9×13 cookie sheets at the Dollar Tree, and sets of adhesive magnetic squares or printable magnetic sheets for less than $10 online or at office supply stores. Just print out the words you want to include, cut them apart, and (if using the magnetic squares) stick them to the magnets. Better yet, allow your students to choose, type, and print the words and assemble the kit as a Makerspace activity!
You can also take advantage of some online magnetic poetry sites for kids. One that I like is the Kids Magnetic Poetry Kit site.
Students can click and drag words from a kid-friendly word bank into their workspace, and then refresh the word bank to get more words without losing the words they’ve already selected. They can also include type in a title and author name before saving and sharing. I usually have my students copy their created poems onto their own paper so they can add any missing words since no word bank will have every word they want to use, and illustrate them if they choose to.
ReadWriteThink provides an instruction sheet for a student-created magnetic poetry activity that focuses on the parts of speech as part of a larger unit on using magnetic poetry in the classroom. They also offer a free Word Mover app for Apple and Android that not only provides a word bank but allows users to add their own words as well.
Do you use magnetic poetry with students? Please share your helpful tips and favorite sites in the comments, or tweet me @LibraryLoriJune