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Student iPoets Go Green

Primary students become iPoets that make real-life connections between words and nature in the style of Laura Vaccaro Seeger.
Emily S.
Technology coordinator
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to create digital poetry in the style of Laura Vaccaro Seeger's book Green.  They will focus on words and phrases to make real-life connections between words and nature that suggest feeling or appeal to the senses. 

Transfer Goal:

Effectively communicate for different purposes and varied audiences using appropriate media.

Enduring Understanding:

Sound, rhythm, expression, and visual media can help readers interpret the meaning of stories and poems.

I CAN Statement:

I CAN publish poems digitally and add drawings or pictures to clarify my ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

English Language Arts
Grades K – 2
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1 Hook: Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Share the book Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. This picture book poem can also be found on YouTube. Because YouTube is blocked in many schools, you can use SafeShareTv to play or download the book recording from YouTube. Click here to see it on SafeShareTv. 

As you read this book, ask students the following essential questions:

How do the illustrations and words create real-life connections to nature?

How do the words and pictures relate to the 5 senses?

2 Direct Instruction: Planning


Share with students that they will create their own poem in the style of the book Green.  Begin planning a collaborative class poem called Yellow.  Using the Popplet app, start with the word "Yellow" in the middle. You can use the book Pantone Colors for Kids  to help you brainstorm ideas for pages in your book like "Daffodil Yellow" and "Bumble Bee Yellow." You can also get paint chips from any store that sells paint. They have fun names for the paint colors, and you can usually find some that are based on popular characters like  "Spongy Yellow" from Sponge Bob Square Pants. Use the Popplet app to create a web with descriptive  words for yellow.

Ask students the following essential questions:

What different shades of yellow can you find in nature?

What emotion do you think of when you think of the color yellow?

3 Guided Practice: App Smashing

Start creating pictures for your book. This is where we can do some app smashing! Students can find pictures and use the app Pic Collage for Kids to organize them into pages. They can add words to the picture and save to the camera roll.

Students can also draw their own pictures using the app Paper by FiftyThree. It can also be saved to the camera roll and  students can upload it into Pic Collage for Kids to add words as well.

Storybird also makes an app called Lark.  It has illustrations that students can use to create their own poems and save to the camera roll. 

You can have some more fun with this story by letting one of your pictures do the talking! Chatterpix For Kids lets you draw a mouth on any picture and record your voice. The page called "Bumble Bee Yellow," for example, could have the bumble bee reading its page .

Any or all of these apps can be used to create pictures for a Yellow book and uploaded into book creator. The class can record each page of the book inside of book creator.

4 Independent Practice

Now it's time for students to create their own color poem book. Students can choose their own color and follow the same steps to create their own book. 

5 Wrap Up: Share Your Poetry

Now it's time to share all that great poetry! The app Book Creator allows you to save your book as a video. These videos can be uploaded to Thinglink as a gallery of poem books written in the style of the book Green. It can be shared with other students and parents!