Pigs and poetry equal learning and fun

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Written by CHRISTINE A. HOLLIDAY, Special to the Chronicle   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:08
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TOLEDO—Pigs and poetry don’t seem to go together, but they did at Toledo Christ the King School this April.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, librarian Marilyn Machosky arranged for students in all grades to get acquainted with pigs and poems.

“We wanted to get the kids excited about poetry, and we thought they could relate to the theme,” Mrs. Machosky says. “We asked students in each classroom to design a door decoration featuring a pig, and we went from there.”

Pigs made by kindergarten students decorated the library bulletin board at Christ the King during National Poetry Month. (Chronicle photo by Christine A. Holliday)

Pigs made by kindergarten students decorated the library bulletin board at Christ the King during National Poetry Month. (Chronicle photo by Christine A. Holliday)

Second-graders learned about poetry from author Will Hillenbrand, who visited the school to talk about how he writes and illustrates poetry books. Sixth-grade teacher Cindy Roberts, herself a published author of several children’s books, led poetry workshops with classes, and each day a different class of students presented poetry on the morning announcements.

To round out the month, students in kindergarten through fifth grade participated in a book swap, bringing their books to trade. Teachers had a Poetry Read Aloud Day, and first-graders read the most poems to win a class jeans day pass. All students were invited to wear pink (or pig) shirts on the last day of the month.

Mrs. Machosky notes teachers and students enjoyed the month of activities and asked for a repeat of the theme next year.

 

Toledo Central Catholic High School

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 17:41