My 1st Grade Poetry Journal Scrapbook

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Poetry!!  Through Poetry we celebrate a child’s emerging reading skills and their emerging confidence of reading aloud (with expression) to others.  
Poetry helps children develop their skills, such as letter recognition, sounds, rhyming words, new vocabulary, punctuation and rhythm of language. 
I use poetry in my classroom as a form of expression...through their art and their use of rhythm.  

Please visit my file sharing website for a list of poems that I use with 1st Grade Treasures.  I will also be posting the poems once they are all organized in one document for download.  Click on the link below:

This is a work in progress.  I will post poems along with an art idea.  I am always looking for new creative ideas to go along with the poems.  If you have any ideas, please post them.  

The poems were not written by me.  These are poems that I've been collecting and using used over the years that I found in poetry books, poetry websites, etc.  I have given credit to those I know, if there is a poem without an author's name, please forgive me.  If you know who wrote it, please let me know.  Thanks for visiting!

Poetry Journal Introduction Page

I take a picture of the First Day of School.  Then, I used my digi Scrapbook software  to create the picture on sticky paper. 

START SMART WEEK 1: First Day of School Poem and Activity

To get the school house, I used the Ellison Machine.  I've had  the kids draw a picture of themselves inside the school house or I give them a picture that I've taken.

START SMART WEEK 2: Everyone Has A Name poem and Activity

The children used scrapbooking letters or foam letters to recreate their name and then they drew a picture of themselves.

Poem for Treasures story theme: U1W1 WE ARE SPECIAL/ POEM: I Look In the Mirror

I gave the students a pattern of the mirror and then I gave them a real mirror.  They had to draw  themselves...

Poem for Treasures story theme: U1W2 READY, SET, MOVE!/I CAN, CAN YOU?  POEM: I Can Do Anything


Unit 3 W3 Short Shadows, Long Shadows
Student Sample below:

Unit 3 W4: Smile Mike!
Student Samples below:


Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Week
Student Samples below:


Keita said... [Reply]

This is absolutely awesome! I think it allows the students' creativity to shine through :).

Allison @ Room Mom 101 said... [Reply]

I have a poetry notebook for each of my students, but this is INCREDIBLE! I will definately be using all of these great ideas next year. I LOVE how it goes along with Treasures too. One thing that has helped my students with rhyming is to have them highlight the rhyming words in the poems. Plus, they love being able to use highlighter markers! Thank you for sharing this!!

Mrs. Ibarra said... [Reply]

Wow! I love this. I will be doing this next year. If I am still teaching first grade.

Mrs. Ibarra said... [Reply]

Hi Debi,

It's me again...LOL. Have you done an author study? I was thinking of doing poetry journal and author study next year. I for the first couple of months and then didn't continue it since I didn't have it planned out. I just looked through Treasures and found an author for just about each unit. You can view it on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

Mrs. Ibarra

Kimberly said... [Reply]

Love your poetry journal! Thanks for sharing your hard work.

mrs.tabb said... [Reply]

wow. I love this. I do a poem every week and the kids always want to read old ones, and this would be the PERFECT way to keep an anthology for the year that they can keep forever.


mrs. tabb

Just4Teachers said... [Reply]

Mrs. Tabb,
Thank you! I've gotten a lot of feedback from the parents and they love it! They claim that it is a treasure.... The one that I am showcasing is almost 2 years old and it is almost full. I am like a kid...can't wait to start a new notebook next school year. :-)

Anonymous said... [Reply]

This is amazing!! Thanks so much for posting all your great ideas!! I can't wait to use this in my classroom.

Leslie said... [Reply]

Your poetry book is amazing! And 2nd grade...WOW!!! So impressive. I am sure they will keep it forever and if not their parents will. Wonderful!

Enjoy Teaching English said... [Reply]

Wow,great!I looooooove using poems with my kids and find them really useful!and I love your journal!


kate said... [Reply]

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful poems and art ideas!!

mcgeeandme said... [Reply]

I have to say WOW! I am so thankful to have run across your blog via Pinterest!! I teach ELA to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and finding resources like this is a blessing. Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Is there any way to purchase the set of poems you used for this?

Firstteach1 said... [Reply]

What is the last line of the monster poem?

Debi Childress said... [Reply]

Which monster poem?

Debi Childress said... [Reply]

Which one?

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