This Desk poem will be their first. I introduce it with a strategy that I call: "Guess the Covered Word". I simply type the poem on the Smart Board and cover up some key words with the fancy pen marks. Then the kids attempt to guess the covered word by using context clues, structural analysis or rhyming patterns. They write what they think the word is on a dry erase paddle and then show it to me. Once someone in the group has guessed it, we reveal the word on the SB. The kids LOVE this activity!
Afterwards, I give them their copy and they glue it in their journal and draw meaningful illustrations beside the poem to show their visualizations. Finally, the next day or so they will revisit this poem at the Poetry Literacy Station where they will read it three ways and do the poetry follow up sheet.
I use this poem to introduce desk set up then train my kids on how to keep their desks organized on that first day of school. I even make a Desk Map for my kids to follow!
Here is the Follow Up Activity my students do at the Poetry Literacy Station:
Here is an idea for a graphing activity to do after reading the What I Found In My Desk poem: