In honor of National Poetry Month celebrated throughout the month of April, fifth grade students at Upland Heights Elementary participated in an array of poetry activities that led to enjoying National “Poem in Your Pocket Day” last Thursday, April 27.
People engage in “Poem in Your Pocket Day” by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, and workplaces.
Students at Upland Heights either created a poem or look up a poem and write it on provided “Poem in Your Pocket” stationery. Students even found themselves using their spare time in class to write or look up poems in preparation for April 27. All of the poems were then collected in a big bucket.
Then, on the big day, three different fifth grade classes made their way around the building and gave their poems to the other students in every grade level. They made sure to make special connections with the first graders and kindergarteners at Upland Heights by reading their poems to the kids.
“I was pleased with how my students took to the challenge and made it a fun activity all month,” said Victoria Richards, fifth grade teacher at Upland Heights. “I saw our nurse post a picture on Facebook with the poem one of the students gave to her. Things like that made me feel so good and more than pleased with the activity.”