Bring Poems Alive with Props!
Here are some props that are easy to gather, with poems that go with them. Most of these poems can be found in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (Pomelo Books), an anthology of 156 poems in English with the same 156 poems also in Spanish. You can find many of these poem images and many more on Pinterest.
- bird seed:”Rachel Carson” by Julie Larios
- box of stuff to donate: “Thrift Stories” by Robyn Hood Black or “Box for the Thrift Shop” by April Halprin Wayland
- camping stuff: “Staycation” by Michelle Schaub
- yellow “caution” tape: “If You See Something, Say Something” by Janet Wong
- cell phone with camera: “Selfie” by Lorie Ann Grover
- chess piece: “Now’s Your Chance” by Karen G. Jordan
- cookie: “Welcome” by Linda Kulp Trout
- figs: “Tree Day Celebration” by Ibtisam Barakat
- flag: “Red, White, and Blue” by Libby Martinez or “Let’s Pledge Between Us” by Janet Wong
- flower: “Spring” by Jane Lichtenberger Patton
- green things: “St. Patrick’s Day” by Esther Hershenhorn
- letter: “Sincerely” by Robyn Hood Black
- library card: “My Place to Fly” by Ted Scheu
- newspaper:”The News Can Be Scary” by Janet Wong (for younger students); “Black Lives Matter” by Janet Wong (for older students)
- pencil: “You Can Do It Right Now” by Janet Wong
- phone: “To Our Front Office Staff: A Celebration” by Kay Winters
- pirate hat: “Pirate Talk” by Robyn Campbell or “Treasure Hunt” by Sandy Asher
- pocket (with a poem in it): “Pocket Poems Card” by Janet Wong
- puzzle: “100 Pieces” by Kristy Dempsey
- rocks: “Hooray for All Kinds of Kids” by Elizabeth Steinglass
- spaceship: “Moon Walk: July 21, 1969” by Susan Blackaby
- waffles: “Waffles” by Allan Wolf
- water (in a bottle or glass): “World Water Day” by George Ella Lyon
- watermelon: “Summer Melon” by Tricia Stohr-Hunt
- WONDER (the book or movie DVD): “Friends” by Renée M. LaTulippe
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