Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lifehack #3 and Poetry Month is coming!

Time for another quick lifehack! This one is for my Mac peeps! If you're a PC person, then your tip for the day is to get a Mac!  ;) 

Have you ever wanted to look up a word super quick, but didn't want to have to open another tab in your browser to check out, or go grab a real dictionary, or even worse...don't have internet access? Use your built in "look up" dictionary! It works offline!

I'm also linking up with my bud Jivey for Workshop Wednesday! 

So, April is Poetry Month, and it's almost upon us! But I couldn't wait to get started with poetry, so we've been working on it for a while now! :) I've been using AMC's (from Looking from Third to Fourth) Poetry Posters and writing frames to help along the way!
I like to have my kids create a Poetry Anthology that we share with parents at one of our big school nights. So over the course of the month I ask the kids to write lots of different kind of poems. 

My intern has been doing a lot of teaching with writing, and has been reading some great books to the kids. She just discovered one called A Kick in the Head by Paul B. Janeczko. It has an example and definition of most of the kinds of poetry that we study. But the definitions in the book are written as footnotes and are super tiny.

I love that AMC's pack comes with a colorful poster that gives the definition of each kind of poem, and another poster that includes an example. I have the posters printed out and laminated, but I think it's cool to project the poster for each type of poetry as it's introduced. No trouble reading THAT definition!
There are handy writing frame organizers included in the pack too! It's great for cinquain or diamante poems because the "rules" for those poems lines are listed. Once the kids have written a good one on the organizer, I ask them to write more on regular paper. 

AMC's poetry poster pack is just one of the products you can get in this new Educents bundle! I have all of the items in this bundle, and can say they're all top notch. For just $10.99 you can't beat it! That price is kind of ridiculously low if you ask me. There are 11 products for less than 11're basically stealing them! Click the image below to go grab it up if you haven't already!


  1. I love your lifehack for PC users. haha Once I went MAC I will never go back! :) EXCEPT...lookup isn't one of my options! :(

    Love those posters! I love the name tags on your student desks! What are they? And what's in Chinese???
    Pinkadots Elementary

  2. I love AMC's poetry pack too! We'll be using it soon! Thanks for linking up!! :)
    ideas by jivey
    Follow me on Facebook!

  3. I'm so glad I finally decided on a Mac! Thanks for the lifehack. I need all the Mac lifehacks I can get!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. I just saw a lifehack picture for the first time on Pinterest and I was so happy because thanks to you I know what a lifehack is!!! I love that you project the posters, no missing that for sure! Thanks for the shout-out : )

  5. I'm going to have to order A Kick in the Head! I have the concrete poetry book by the same author called, A Poke in the I. My kids LOVE it! Thanks for sharing, I'm always looking to add new books to my collection!!

    My Shoe String Life

  6. I love AMC's posters too! So simple for students to understand! A Kick in the Head looks like a book I need to add to my collection! Thanks for sharing Nick.
    Head Over Heels For Teaching


09 10 11 12
Blogging tips