Saturday will be March 15th. For people in most parts of the United States, the anticipation of warmer temperatures is in the forefront of their minds. In addition, Mother's Day will arrive before we know it! Are you trying to think of something unique or will you decide to go with the predictable bouquet of flowers and lunch/dinner? I have a very cool and personal gift you can give that you can give to that special lady on May 11, 2014 or perhaps next year :-)
I used the following with a third grade class I taught years ago, and it was a smashing success! We incorporated Haiku poems from their poetry unit. each student wrote a Haiku and drew a picture to go along with it. We then put the poems together to create a Mother's Day Book of Haiku Poetry. Be creative with respect to how you design the book and how many poems you include. I had a class of 13 students at the time, so there were 15 poems including mine and my intern.
It is very simple, and one can create wonderful, original poems. Here are the instructions for writing a Haiku:
Directions: Haiku is a Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line two has 7, and line three has 5.
Basic Materials: plain white paper, pencil, colored pencils
Tip: The best Haiku poems come from observing nature. I would suggest spending some time outside (e.g. in the backyard, at a park, botanical garden) and writing down what you hear and see. Even if you feel you are not good at poetry, you will be amazed at the results!
If you try this, please share your experience by commenting on this post!