El día de San Valentín es el día del amor y la amistad

I have found some fun tools to use for Valentine's day. This fun site lets you write your favorite poem, love song or any love writing. Once you click layout text, you'll find your writing shaped into a heart!

 I have use one of my favorite songs from Mazapán. 


Here are some games to play during Valentine's Day. And this website has some more. 


These two websites are very good if you want your students to collect poetry, nursery rhymes, tongue twisters, riddles, etc. 

Something fun to do with this is  to have a recipe box and index cards to collect all of your (or your students) findings. I used to do this with second graders and they didn't want to stop. Every day we had literacy centers where they had the chance to search on the computer for riddles, poems, tongue twister, etc. Every "intermission" was an opportunity to share what they found with the class. 

Expand or Practice Vocabulary

The two websites below are good to practice vocabulary of any topic. Your students just need to enter the vocabulary they want to practice and create beautiful shapes or word clouds. 

Songs about Friendship

And finally, learning songs in Spanish will add some movement to your poetry lesson. Check the videos below. 
Un Millón de Amigos por Roberto Carlos

Amigos por Los Enanitos Verdes

Amigos por Juanes

Nadie como tú por LODVG

Teaching Poetry


Valentine's Day is coming very soon. Why not to introduce poetry to your children/students? There are  many traditional songs and nursery rhymes out there to use as many times as you want. Not that I don't like them, however, I thought this time I would introduce something different. But before that, let's review a few of the strategies I have found helpful in my own teaching practice and some new ones even for myself. Thanks to El Lapicero Mágico for refreshing my mind!

I must say that one of my best motivational strategy for children is to create their own poetry book or a classroom poetry book. They love to create books like real professional authors, :) 


This is simply finding assonance or consonant matching rhymes and be as familiar as possible.

Pues yo sé que mi tía María

se come un flan todos los días.

También mi abuelo Bartolo

juega a las cartas con Lolo

Pues a mi prima Carmela

si le gusta ir a la escuela.


The repetition of a phrase, a chorus, a word , an invented word, a question ... interspersed in the development of a story produces an admirable poetic effect.

Vamos al campo


Vamos a jugar,


A correr y saltar,


Por el campo van,


Gente a labrar.
... ... ... ... ... ...

¿Y a dónde vas?

Voy al río.

¿Y a dónde vas?

Voy a los árboles.

¿Y a dónde vas?

Voy a las estrellas.

¿Y a dónde vas?

Voy a los mares.

¿Y a dónde vas?

Voy a los insectos.

¿Y a dónde vas?

Voy a los caminos.
... ... ... ... ... ... ...


La plaza tiene una torre,

la torre tiene un balcón,

el balcón tiene una dama,

la dama una blanca flor,

(A. Machado)

This strategy shows us the " never ending story" or “de nunca acabar”,  it means to tie the last verse or last words with the following one.

Con los labios el agua,

con el agua los peces,

con los peces el mar,

con el mar los barcos,

con los barcos la tripulación,

con la tripulación el arpón,

con el arpón la ballena,

con la ballena los dientes,
... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

¿Por que lloras?

Porque estoy triste.

¿Por qué estás triste?

Porque no llueve.

¿Por qué no llueve?
... ... .. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ..


It is to take each of the letters of a word and convert them into the initials of other words. They should be related to the "vertical" word.


We could do the same with the initial of animals, places, countries, etc.


Find a theme to work on (professions/jobs, animals, food, etc.), write a list in front of the class and work with those words to create the poem. Follow the same path for each verse. 


First verse: a la ronda de + artículo + nombre (de profesión, animal, color...)
Second verse: se explica la acción que realiza, rimando el pareado con el verso anterior.


A la ronda de la profesora, 
que camina con una señora.

6. Keep a writing journal with their own poetry, create a classroom poetry book.

7. Work in peers or small groups to create poetry together. 

Another fun way teach poetry is using poetry books and songs. Children's songs and rhymes are very powerful tool when it comes to start teaching reading and writing poetry. I suggest having at least one activity for each song/rhyme to make it fun. Here are some of my favorite ones. 

1. Listen to the songs/poem and find the rhyming words. These could be a whole word, syllable or some words at the end. Use index cards to write and highlight the rhyming words. You can even find how many syllables the word has. 


2. Find the number of verses.

3. Change the words, find new ones. 

4. Listen to the song/rhyme as many times as you want and find the missing word. In this case you should print out the lyrics/poem and erase a few words beforehand. The child  should figure out the missing word only by listening. 

5. Invite the children to draw what they hear as they listen to the song or poem. You can first model  in front of them to motivate them.

6. You can do the oposite by showing a pre-made drawing/picture and ask them to create a poem based on what they see.  

5. If the poem/song has a story on it, try to identify the main characters, setting, problem, solution, etc.

4. Introduce famous poets and their work. Use different books to model how poems are written by different authors.

Below are two resources that you might find useful during this unit. Enjoy!

If you want ideas on how to teach poetry to children, this product might be a good tool to start out.

For more ideas go here: 


MLK Jr. day is coming and I have uploaded two fun videos for children to watch.  I have also added a new product to use along the videos that you can find on my TPT store.

This is an important date for all of the USA. There are many different activities and events all over. Click here to find what't going on around the Twin Cities.

Multicultural Children's Book Day

The MCCBD is on January 27th and I reviewed one of the books participants this year. You can check it out HERE.

The MCCBD team’s mission is to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book.

Classroom Reading Challenge: MCCBD offers teachers and classrooms the chance to (very easily) earn a free hardcover multicultural children's book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are pre-screened and approved by them as well.

​Teachers! Earn a FREE #Multicultural Kids Book for Your Classroom! #teachers, #books #teacherlife

The Classroom Reading Challenge has begun! Teachers can earn a free diversity book! #teachers, #books

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