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Paper-bag puppets hold original poetry about pirates, pets, or any preferred topic. Young writers put the puppet's arms around their poetry!
Poetry is a special way to tell a story. Share a variety of well-know poetry written by adults and children with students. In what ways do poems differ from books or short stories? How do poems tell stories?
Invite students to choose a familiar topics that they love. They might choose friends, pets, pirates, space, or any topic that is appealing. With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, students write several words and phrases that describe their topics, including their feelings about the topic. Students will use these words as they begin the first draft of poems.
Students make paper-bag puppets to act as a holder for their poems. Turn an unopened paper lunch bag so the bottom faces up at you. Using Crayola Washable Markers, Colored Pencils, and Construction Paper Crayons, draw the head of a figure related to your topic on the bag's bottom.
Cut out construction paper arms and legs with Crayola Scissors. Attach them to the bag's sides with Crayola School Glue. Save the puppet's body (the long part of the bag) for the poem.
Encourage students to re-read and edit their poems. Copy final work on paper that will fit on the puppet's body. If the poem is long, put it together like a book.
Glue poems to the front of the bags. Create a cover page with poem titles and names. Glue on the cover.
Provide an opportunity for students to share their writing with classmates.
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