Connecting Poetry with Informational Books

Happy Poetry Friday.  I am joining today to share a book of poetry I am currently in love with.I love finding ways to connect informational books with poetry and this week I discovered, as Melissa Stewart would say,  the “perfect pair.” I have been sharing poems from Irene Latham’s newest book, Dear Wandering Wildebeests and Other Poems from the Waterhole with my third graders.  They were fascinated to learn Irene was inspired to write her poems after viewing wildlife images by Greg du Toit , who took the photographs while submerged in a waterhole.  We went on line and were able to locate some of his pictures.  The students discussed the pictures taken from the perspective of the waterhole with excitement.

After taking a few minutes to observe and reflect, we returned to the poetry to learn more about the animals du Toit captured in his waterhole photos.  Not only were students captivated by the many different styles and poems but also by the   small factual information tucked in boxes next to each poem.

In anticipation of reading Deadliest Animals by Melissa Stewart later in the week, we talked about dangers of the waterhole and which animals might also be in this book.  Of course there are many!  The students were engrossed by the deadly animals discussed in Melissa Stewart’s book and enjoyed comparing some of the information to that found in Irene Latham’s book of waterhole poems.  They were even more amazed to think about the bravery of Greg du Toit in the waterhole after learning more about some of the deadly animals he photographs.  A perfect pairing for middle grade students!

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About kdoele

I am a teacher who continues to learn from students kindergarten through seventh grade. Currently teaching seventh grade English and Reading/Writing Workshop, I am exploring what it is like to "begin" again... my one little word for 2017.
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2 Responses to Connecting Poetry with Informational Books

  1. Irene Latham says:

    What a lovely pairing, Kim! Thank you. The danger is one of the things that drew me to the water hole… how inspiring, these animals who MUST go and drink, in spite of their fear. Happy Poetry Friday and thanks for sharing my book with students. xo

  2. Yes, this is a great pairing! Thanks for sharing it!

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