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Poetry Lapbook

Poetry Lapbook
created by Leslie Cardwell

Read “The Quarrel” by Maxine Kumin and complete these lapbook components: 

Lightbulb Shape Book

Lightning Bugs Flap Book

read about lightning bugs, fireflies and glowworms

Read "The Adventures of Isabel" by Ogden Nash and complete these lapbook components:

Vocabulary Flap Book

Real vs. Imaginary Envelope Book

Read "The Dentist and the Crocodile" by Roald Dahl and complete these lapbook components:

Parts of a Tooth

Toothfairy Rhyme

Learn more about teeth
Tooth printout

Read "The Crocodile's Toothache" by Shel Silverstein and complete these lapbook components:

Alligator/Crocodile Venn Diagram Flap Book
Research the differences and similarities for alligators and crocodiles

Shape Book
Compare Silverstein's poem with Dahl's poem

Read "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll and complete these lapbook components:

Jabberwocky Poem
You can fold this in half and put a title on it if you'd like to include it in your lapbook

Layered Book (parts of speech)
Find all of the nonsense words in the poem and determine which part of speech they are

Mad Lib Book
Replace the nonsense word in “Jabberwocky” with words of your own to create a new poem.

  Humpty Dumpty Portmanteau (shape book)
Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty tells Alice about a word concept found in “Jabberwocky.” He explains, “Well, “slithy” means ‘lithe and slimy.” …. You see it is like a portmanteau – there are two meanings packed up into one word.” A portmanteau word is one that combines parts of two different words, like “brunch.”

a. Read the poem “Jabberwocky.”

b. Record a list of the portmanteau words from the poem (write on one of the egg shape pages)

c. Create new words (i.e. “sweetly-anxious” could become “swanxious”). Other suggestions are: calm-lonely, serious-brave, thunder-nighttime, fright-quiet, fog-spring, wild-confident, dumb-puzzled,wonderful-overwhelmed. (write on one of the egg shape pages)

d. Think of some portmanteaus used in the English language (write them on one of the egg shape pages).  Check out the ones listed here

Read "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes and complete these lapbook components

River Accordion Book
Find each river that Langston Hughes mentions on a map or a globe.  For each river, write the country and continent in your minit book, as well as the size and interesting facts about each river.

Harlem Renaissance Shutterfold
Langston was a poet during the time period known as the Harlem Renaissance.  Read about the Harlem Renaissance.  Write a brief description in the inside middle of the book.  Write examples of the musicians and writers on the inner flaps.  Glue the title on the outside cover.

I Am From Poem (Circle Shape)
Follow the following form to fill in the blanks (source for template)

I am from _______ (specific ordinary item), from _______ (product name) and _______.
I am from the _______ (home description... adjective, adjective, sensory detail).
I am from the _______ (plant, flower, natural item), the _______ (plant, flower, natural detail)
I am from _______ (family tradition) and _______ (family trait), from _______ (name of family member) and _______ (another family name) and _______ (family name).
I am from the _______ (description of family tendency) and _______ (another one).
From _______ (something you were told as a child) and _______ (another).
I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.
I'm from _______ (place of birth and family ancestry), _______ (two food items representing your family).
From the _______ (specific family story about a specific person and detail), the _______ (another detail, and the _______ (another detail about another family member).
I am from _______ (location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).

Read "The Question" by Karla Kuskin and complete these lapbook components:

When We Grow Up Chart
Ask several friends, relatives and siblings what they want to be when they grow up.  Make a bar graph of the answers to show what is most popular.  If you run out of kids to ask, you can ask adults what they wanted to be when they were younger.

What I Want To Be with Pocket
Use the stationary to write about what you think you would like to be when you grow up (write about four different options; one in each box).  Is your idea realistic or is it imaginary like the ideas in the poem?

Read "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest L. Thayer and complete these lapbook components:

Characters Baseball Shape Book
Describe the characters from the poem

Baseball Card and Pocket
Design a baseball card for Casey

Batting Average Accordion
How to figure batting average: 
A batting average is a ratio. It compares the number of hits a player gets to the number of chances he had.   To find a batting average, you divide the number of hits by the number of at-bats.  So if you had 60 chances to bat, but only hit the ball 20 times, your batting average would be .300. 

20 hits ÷ 60 at-bats = .300

The answer is another way of writing 30 percent. It's the same as 30 out of 100, or 30/100. If you reduce the fraction, you get 3/10. That means you hit safely in 3 out of every 10 at-bats!   Source and Read More


read the story behind the poem

play baseball math
science of baseball
read Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” skit
watch "Who's on First?"
read "Casey's Revenge"

Read "Smart" by Shel Silverstein and complete these lapbook components:

How much money did the boy lose?

Questions Book

As you finish this unit, encourage your student to write his own poem!

Blank Book