All the Colors I am Inside
Lesson plan developed by Aurora Tollestrup, BS Ed.
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with school-age children.
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Using Shel Silverstein Poetry in Early Childhood
When first using the poems of Shel Silverstein in the classroom, it is best to choose a poem that is short and exciting. Doing so will give children the motivation to listen attentively and strengthen their active listening skills. When reciting the same poem often, eventually children will be able to recite the poem themselves, giving you an avenue for assessment or the opportunity to scaffold that ability with a new poem or concept.
Here is an example of a Shel Silverstein poem to recite to a preschool group:
Children will understand that the snowball melted because it was too warm in the house! They will most likely want to retell this poem to others, or wish to hear it again because of the silly nature.