In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Recently, my school had a wonderful visit with the poet Nick Toczek. He’s not just a poet though. He is a master performer. He is a magician. He is a puppeteer. He is …. an incredibly engaging visitor who infused poetry into my students and staff in such fun ways that people are still begging to borrow his books and students are coming up and sharing his poems aloud to me. I love when people have poems memorized. I’ve had a few students come up and tell me that Nick Toczek is their favorite poet and then they shared one of his poems. I walked into a classroom recently and I listened to the students share their poems that were inspired by one of Nick’s poems. What a fantastic visit, highly recommended.
If you want to know more about Nick Toczek, you might find these two links useful:
I recently blogged about his books, here’s a little connection to them as well:
Nick Toczek Poetry Galore- All ages
Me and My Poems! by Nick Toczek
Number, Number, Cut a Cucumber by Nick Toczek
Cats ‘N’ Bats ‘N’ Slugs ‘N’ Bugs by Nick Toczek
I enjoyed Me and My Poems! the most because I could sink my teeth into more of the poetry vs. simply enjoying rhymes. I also enjoyed the riddle poems that are shared in Me and My Poems. There are also a few environmental poems mixed within the books which are useful to share with some of my year levels too. Number, Number, Cut a Cucumber is packed with rhyming poems that are hilarious and Cats ‘N’ Bats ‘N’ Slugs ‘N’ Bugs is my students’ favorite one to read… My students enjoyed learning about Nick after filling up two posters with questions for him to answer, here’s a quick picture of one of their question posters:
Nick shared some poetry writing activities with students and staff, they were quite entertaining. Thought I’d share his poetry writing suggestions here:
Thought I’d show a few pictures of Nick’s performance.
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