Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring Is Here Poetry Hop

Welcome!  You've arrived at the Spring Is Here! blog hop. Several of my reading specialists friends have teamed up to offer you free poetry resources in honor of National Poetry Month.  


One of my favorite things about April teaching is poetry.  Have you ever used the book Dogku when teaching Haiku?  It's a tale of stray dog and his journey to find a family, written in Haiku.  

Dogku by Andrew Clements

After reading the story to your class, revisit the text and examine it from a poetry point of view.  
  • Does the poem have a 5-7-5 syllable pattern?
  • Is the poem about nature, seasons, or animals?
  • Does the author use the senses to convey the message?
Model writing a Haiku poem.  Make it interactive by asking students to help. Then have students write their own Haiku poems about a pet, a Petku!


The freebie I'm sharing with you today is a pet Haiku class book.  It includes a cover page, title page, and several pet pages.

My students love creating class books.  It's a great way to publish their work and recognize them as authors. 

Each student is responsible for writing and illustrating one page of the poetry book. The pages are collected, assembled with the cover page, and bound together as a collaborative book.  The book can be read to the class and placed in your classroom library.  

Click the link below to download, Petku.


Hop to THe NEXT Stop

Hop on over to see my friend, Bex, at the Reading and Writing Redhead for another poetry freebie. :)

Happy Spring!

A special thanks to Hello Literacy, EduClips, and Epiphanous Owl for the fonts and graphics used in this post.  


  1. Class books are a great freebie! Thanks so much for the great lesson tip.

  2. I love the sound of Dogku - I'll be adding that to my wish list! Thanks for the great freebie!
    Growing Little Learners

  3. I haven't read that book Dogku - but I totally want a copy! Thank you for sharing! :-)

  4. That book looks ADORABLE!! Thanks!

  5. Oooh, another book title to add to my poetry list! Thanks for sharing, Wendy. My kiddos love Hi, Koo and now they'll be able to hear Dog Ku! :)
    Literacy Loving Gals