Ahead of time:
Make enough "pops" for each student. I used two of the paper circles and hot-glued the popsicle stick between layers to form the lollipops.
1) Define concrete poetry together.
2) Read and look at concrete poems from Betsy Franco's A Curious Collection of Cats.
Two of my favorite poems from the book are "Rascal's Tongue" . . .
by Betsy Franco
ever attempted to lick your neck clean,
I think you'll understand what I mean
When I say my cat's tongue is especially long.
Go ahead. Lick your neck. Prove me wrong!
and "Limerick on a Leash."
Ask students what they think the shape of the poems add to the words.
They'll probably notice that you have to move your head and neck to read, "Rascal's Tongue," just as the cat in the picture is doing. Did you have to twist the book to follow Miss Boo's twisted leash?
Betsy Franco owns all rights to these poems. Thanks to Betsy for giving me permission to post these pages from her book today.
3) Show students the sample craft.
If you have real lollipop -- oh, joy! -- let students examine them using all 5 senses. What colors do they see? What do they think those colors taste like?
If students haven't encountered similes before, we usually talk about looking for shapes in the clouds. That's making similes!
5) Writing challenge: For each color, think of a simile that isn't a food.
- Write down a simile for each color on the pop.
- Using crayons, write your poem in swirls on your Poetry Pop (match color to the color you are describing).
- Color the back of your pop, or create another poem for the second side.
By Laura Shovan
Red like a cardinal looping through the sunny blue sky.
Yellow as a daffodil's curly edges in a colorful garden.
Blue as waves crashing over a rainbow surfboard.
Green like the fat blades of grass I use to whistle.
Orange as a tabby cat's curved tail.
White as swirls of frost on my winter window.
and the finished Poetry Pops look like this:
(P.S. They make great fans on a hot day.)
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