Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I Chalk!

 

If you had the chance to share poetry and chalk illustrations to celebrate poetry, would you?

Back in March my husband was outside with our children doing chalk on the driveway. He got the idea to write some song lyrics. This idea of writing words on our driveway spread. I started writing poems, then my husband started writing poems and song lyrics of his favorite singers. It has been fun. 
Then, I began thinking, what if  others shared writing underfoot? What if someone, somewhere wrote their favorite poem or an original poem and someone else stumbled upon it? Instant smiles is what I thought. 

Soooo...I would love it if you would join me at the end of the month and share some chalk here at Teaching Young Writers. From your favorite poet or from your own notebook, put a poem on a piece of ground somewhere (asphalt, sidewalk, maybe even a fence--just make sure it is appropriate and legal). Illustrate it if you want with chalk too and take a photo! Post it to your blog and link here on Chalk-A-Bration day. 

****Chalk-A-Bration is always the last day of each month!****

Should be fun, tell your friends, tell your students and get chalking!

16 comments:

Michelle said...

Wow - what fun! Off to find me some chalk!

Linda at teacherdance said...

Will do Betsy-terrific idea & such fun to start thinking about. I'll tell others too. Thank you for wanting to do something & share!

Barbara said...

What a great recess idea! I have duty next week. We are currently working on poetry, so I'm going to encourage some chalk. Thanks for sharing!

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

What a fantastic idea! I used to teach a summer class, and when the girls showed up, they would always find quotes in chalk on the road. Now I am going to think about what poem to chalk out on our very sleepy road... I will post this to The Poem Farm Facebook page! a.

Melinda Harvey said...

Great fun! We will join you in your chalkpedition! Pics to be posted soon at thinkinginrhyme.blogspot.com! Thanks for the clever idea!

Robin said...

Fun! I will join you in your challenge with my kdg kids! Can't wait to see what comes of it!

Jen said...

The book Chalk by Bill Thomson would be a great book to read with this activity - it's a wordless picture book but brings chalk to life!

Katya said...

What a great idea!

Marika said...

Oh, me, me! I want to do this! Tomorrow I'm going on a trip to the Poet's House in NYC with some kindergarteners. (http://www.poetshouse.org) I'm sure we can dream up some chalk-y goodness for April 30th!

Renee LaTulippe said...

What a wonderful idea! I will not be able to join in this time, but I do hope you do this again -- as a monthly series perhaps? I'll be back to see what everyone did!

Mary Lee said...

Here's my chalk-ku:

http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2012/04/chalk-ku.html

Thanks for having a party to end National Poetry Month. I agree with Renee -- you should make it a monthly feature!!

Natalie said...

How fun! I wish I had seen this earlier. I love Renee's idea of making it a monthly series. I would love to join in on that. :)

Virginia Taylors said...

My class is so looking forward to the chalk-a-bration!!!

http://apassiontoteach.blogspot.com/

Alison Camire, Grade 1 in Singapore said...

We had fun Chalk-a-Brating all the way from Singapore today! Check out our haikus in the playground:

http://g1ac.weebly.com/1/post/2013/04/its-a-haiku-chalk-a-bration.html

We look forward to seeing everybody else's!

Ms.Mac said...

HI Betsy! I wanted to share my blog post for Chalk-A-Bration..
http://is.gd/Ye53ml

Stacey Shubitz said...

I'm definitely going to join-in next month (on Halloween?!!?).