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Poem In Your Pocket Day!

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This week is Poem In Your Pocket Day!

Poem in your POcket Day

On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day.  You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

On that day we have a really wonderful project planned here, but to get you thinking about it early, here are 10 things you can do to get ready for the big day.

Poem is Your Pocket Day is simple really. You pick a poem, carry it with you and share it with others.

Below are a list of fun things you can do with poetry and that very special poem in your pocket. Enjoy !!

  1. Read a book of poetry
  2. Memorize a poem
  3. Listen to poetry via books-on-tape or download.
  4. read a poem before each meal.
  5. Copy a favorite poem in chalk on the sidewalk.
  6. Recite a poem to family and friends.
  7. Organize a poetry reading with your friends.
  8. Start a commonplace book in your family where everyone can copy in their favorite poems.
  9. Watch the video “A Child’s Garden of Poetry.”
  10. Place a poem in an unexpected place.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem In My Pocket Resources

ReadWriteThink has some great ideas and resources HERE.

I love Scholastic Books’ idea of Opening a Poetry Cafe to Celebrate Student Writing!

Class

I found this on the Poets.org site. Second graders at Falcon Heights Elementary School in Minnesota made hanging pockets out of cast-off jean pockets. They filled them with poems and delivered them throughout the school. Recipients were invited to fill them with favorite poems of their own and send them back to the students. Love this idea!

 

Poetry is best when shared, and Poem in Your Pocket Day is the perfect time to surprise someone with the gift of poetry. How will you celebrate?

6 thoughts on “Poem In Your Pocket Day!

  1. Thanks for the reminder
    All the links deserve a big lovely binder.
    I’ve shared in twitter
    with my writer-litter.

    best to you Valerie!
    Jan

  2. Nice topic: I plan to ask my kids a poem they remember by heart and I will share this short poem I memorized for them.
    When I am Gone
    BY SHEL SILVERSTEIN
    When I am gone what will you do?
    Who will write and draw for you?
    Someone smarter—someone new?
    Someone better—maybe YOU!

  3. I think that this is a great idea. What I did not like about poem in a pocket day while I was teaching was that all children were forced to participate. Some of my kindergarten students were just not interested. They were berated by the principal when they could not produce a “poem in their pocket.”

  4. Valarie, I just LOVE this idea! In fact, I was searching for a perfect little poem about Spring ’cause on the 17th I’ll be at a nursery school doing face painting the whole morning ’til lunch time. I figured I’d give every kid a poem. THEN—I wanted to know more about it and when I went onto Poets.org, I learned it’s actually NEXT Thursday, the 24th, my dear. Thought you’d like to know! 😀 SO glad to know about this. Thank you! I may still do it even though the day is next week ‘ cause I like the idea so much! lol

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