The Late Bird
by Greg Pincus (of the blog, Gottabook)
available for your Kindle or Kindle app
My class is going to have an EXTRA special last Poetry Friday of the school year today. Greg Pincus is coming to visit, all the way from California...via Skype!
To get ready for Greg's visit, we've been reading his poems together with my iPad connected to the SmartBoard, and in small groups on some of the school's iPads.
After I walked them through the punny logic of poems like "The End" and "Book Report on the Thesaurus" they were all primed to groan on their own (or say, "OH!!!") at the end of "Unfair" and "The Biking Blues."
When they set off on their own with the poems, I had to give some occasional help -- reminding them to use the Kindle's dictionary when they didn't know the word "cruciferous" in "Broccoli and Cauliflower," reminding them to go back and look at the title to make meaning in "The Lament of Thursday the 12th."
But I knew they were really learning to navigate Greg's style when a boy delightedly showed me the math problem hidden in "A Doubleheader Sweep" and I had to admit that I had completely missed it!
A Doubleheader Sweep
won + won = too much fun.
(Get it? 1+1=2?? Yeah. My turn to groan.)
If you have access to Kindles or the Kindle app on any devices in your classroom (best in 4th grade and up, because that's when they are really starting to be able to navigate puns), I highly recommend Greg's collection of poems.
Happy Last Friday of the School Year! (Only three more days after today!!!)
Linda has the Poetry Friday roundup today at TeacherDance.