Poetry activities for pancake day
29 January 2010Add to My Folder
Inspire your class to write their own Pancake Day poems with these tips and ideas
If you don’t fancy cooking in the classroom this Shrove Tuesday (16 February), then why not celebrate with some pancake-themed poetry? Here are three simple ‘recipes’ for creating effective poems that children will really enjoy writing. Whichever idea you use, I think the main thing is to try and make them fun. Concentrate on the enjoyment… and look at the form and genre later!
Photo © Julie Dawn Thomas
To share Paul’s fantastic poem, ‘Don’t Let Gran Near the Pancake Pan’, with your class. It is available to download as an audio – read aloud by Paul himself!
1. Repeating lines
In my own poem, ‘Don’t Let Gran Near the Pancake Pan,’ I used a repeating line as the last line of each verse – and this could be a fun idea to try with your class. (I also used rhyme, but tell the children that they shouldn’t worry too much about the rhymes – they should think more about the rhythm and beat and sound of the words.)
Here are a few suggestions for possible repeating lines:
1. When the kitchen set on fire
2. When mum lost the frying pan
3. When brother ate up 20 pancakes
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