I know I am horribly late in posting our January poem since it is now February. As I said about the Melt the Ice Cube game, since many of you reading this are buried in snow, it's not too late to use this poem with your little ones. In fact, the timing is perfect. This poem is the shortest one we've had so far this year, but I really love it. One day it started snowing while school was in session. It was a beautiful snow with HUGE flakes. It was too cold to go out for long and we were not able to access our playground due to the snow, but we still bundled up and stood on the sidewalk as the snow fell all around us. We recited our poem, caught snowflakes on our tongues, and looked at the beautiful unique snowflakes that landed on our coats and mittens. It was a magical experience.
The lyrics to this poem, entitled Snow are as follows:
The snow fell gently all the night.
It made a blanket soft and white.
It covered hosues, flowers and ground,
But did not make a single sound.
Below you can see our poem in the pocket chart.
The next two photos show the contents of our poetry "basket" for the poem. I always have a laminated copy of the poem with the "eyeball" stick for pointing to the words. This time I also added a piece of white fleece which the children spread out to represent the "blanket of snow". I also had a small white house and a bowl of paper snowflakes. During the third and fourth lines of the poem the children set out the house on the snowy "blanket" and create a snowstorm by dropping the snowflakes onto the house and "ground". It is so sweet to watch pairs of children do this work together.
Although it's hard to see, this photo shows the white fleece with the little house and snowflakes on top.