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Explore the natural world with some playful shape poems
Learning objectives: to listen to and enjoy the rhymes and rhythms of words; to write shape poems using ‘word pictures’.
You will need
Illustrations of garden creatures; an enlarged copy of the poem Snake (see back of A1 poster); for Ages 6-7 activity Creepy-crawly poetry garden 1 and 2 (back of A1 poster); pencils; coloured pencils; unlined A4 sheets; whiteboard; frieze paper and paste.
Tell the children that they are going to look at a poem that uses words to make a picture. Copy out the Snake poem onto a large sheet of paper. Show it to the class quickly and then hide again, without giving them the opportunity of actually reading it. Ask them to guess from its shape what the poem is about – a winding path, a stream, a coil of rope… Then read the poem aloud and find out if anyone has guessed correctly.
On a second reading, explore the way in which ‘Snake’ makes a word picture and ask the children to think about what makes it a poem. For example, it rhymes, has two verses, doesn’t use a lot of words and so on. Encourage them to think about the story it tells. Ask: How does the snake hunt its prey? What might it be aiming for? What does it do after it misses? What kind of weather is described?
Let the children make the snake shape in the air and ask for suggestions about garden creatures that would fit a similar shape (caterpillars, worms, grass snakes and so on). First, tease out movement words from the poem (slithers, glides, darts, coils). Then, on the whiteboard, make a list of words that describe how other snake-like creatures move (slides, wiggles, crawls, slippery, wriggles, loop).
Make a wiggly pattern on the whiteboard and from the children’s suggestions scribe a simple worm poem, following the outline shape. For example:
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