This week I presented the basket of materials to go with our November poem. As is often the case, I was able to find some perfect items at my favorite local thrift store this weekend. I purchased the cornucopia basket, the fake apple, and the shock of wheat there. Score! Below you can see the poetry "basket" as it is displayed on the shelf.
Poetry baskets are a two-person activity in our classroom. One partner uses the "eyeball stick" to point to and read the poem while the other partner acts out the poem. For our November poem we have a combination of actions and manipulatives. For example, for the line that says, "The year has turned its circle" we make a circular motion with our hand. For "The harvest is all gathered in" we gather the mini pumpkins and gourds into the cornucopia. For "And chilly north winds blow" we hug ourselves and pretend to shiver. For "So open wide the doorway--Thanksgiving comes again" we pretend our arms are a doorway opening up. It is so delightful to watch two friends take turns acting out our monthly poems. I am loving it so much!