I challenged my 4th grade students to create Squeezed Poetry based upon Bob Raczka's new book, Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word. These are poems created from only the letters in a single word with the added dimension of the poem having to relate to the original word.
I began by using the Elmo (document camera) to project a few of the Squeezed Poems. I then showed the students only the poem without the original word and had them work together to figure out the theme and determine what the title or original word might be. presented like this, the poems are like puzzles to solve. I then gave the students a template for creating a squeezed poem with the added difficulty of having the subject be Dewey Decimal System categories, i.e., generalities, language, literature, history. The template I created had the students brainstorm words and then think about themes and finally put the words and themes together into a poem.
The next time I do this activity I plan to create a group poem to model the process. I think the word "astronomy" would be a great word to use for this activity. My attempt:
(star, moon, my, most, sat, a, as,an , on, no, try, any, room, mast, moor, roast, etc...)
Some student poems:
...and a random word one group chose:
Here I play (it is so hard to resist):