Monday, April 25, 2011

Robert Weinstock’s “Whiff”

Reminder: PoetryTagTime is the first ever electronic-only poetry anthology of new poems by top poets for children. You can purchase the book for 99 cents at Amazon and read it on your Kindle or through the downloadable Kindle platform for your computer, cell phone, etc.

Previously: Laura Purdie Salas


Setting the Stage: Stop and sniff the air. What scents to the kids detect? Start a list of smells. Research five facts about the sense of smell.

Poetry Performance: Read Robert Weinstock’s “Whiff” along with 4 brave volunteers. The leader reads the first two lines and the last line; one volunteer reads the third line, another volunteer reads the fourth and fifth lines (both), another volunteer reads the sixth line, and one more volunteer reads the seventh line. (The leader reads the last line.) Try it faster and faster-- it's almost a tongue twister!

Just for Fun: Challenge kids to keep a “whiff” diary for one day listing all the things they smell in one 24 hour period. Bring it back to share and compare.

Poem Links: Here are key words that connect this poem with other poems in the PoetryTagTime collection:

Buy the book now, so you can share each poem along with the ideas and activities that follow here.

Next up for PoetryTagTime: Amy Van Derwater

Image credit: PoetryTagTime

Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2011. All rights reserved.

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