Poetry Pack {mini-giveaway!}

I am so excited about the new POETRY PACK I just created! 

I have a little secret, I have hated teaching poetry in the past. I personally love writing poetry, but it just seemed so hard to teach. 

Which poems do I teach about? 
How in-depth do I go? 
What resources do I use? 
What do I expect students to produce at the end? 

It just seemed so confusing.

Well, as you know, I will be going on maternity leave sometime in the next couple of weeks. I usually teach poetry in May, but I didn't know how/what to write for sub plans. Like I mentioned, I never had any good resources. I knew that in order to write my sub plans, I would have to come up with something great...

And this, my friends, is my finished product:
This Poetry Pack includes 11 poetry posters. Each poster includes a description of the poem and an poem to use as an example. (All poems are original - written by me.)

This pack also includes a half-sized blank book of poems for your students to create their own published book of poetry. 

This unit should last about 3 weeks. Teach one poem each day and have students work on their own original rough draft of the poem (11 days total). Save some days at the end so that all students can create their own published book of poems. 

I recommend copying the blank book of poems on cardstock and binding it down the side. Your students' finished products will look something I like this: 
Just for fun, here's a little mini-giveaway:

Write a short poem about how much you love What the Teacher Wants and post it as a comment on this post. 
I will use random.org to pick 3 winners. 
Giveaway ends Sunday at 7 pm MTS. 
Winners will be announce on our facebook page.
(Make sure you "like" us!)

Sorry, giveaway is closed.


AbbyS. said...

Hip Hip Horray!
I love Natalie Kay.
Pick me, pick me as the winner today!!

AbbyS. said...

I "like" you for real, but gave up fb for Lent. On Easter Sunday you will be m first "like"! Can't wait to follow you on there too. I also can't wait to win this poetry pack.

Holly D said...

I love this poetry pack,
and I love your blog, too!
If you'd pick me for the giveaway,
I'd be tickled blue!!


Ali said...

What the Teacher Wants is just what I need!
She shares so much and plants the seed,
to make great lessons and be the best,
So everyone can rise above the rest!

Thanks for all you create and share!

An Education Lasts a Lifetime

Jen R said...

Natalie is awesome!
That much is true,
She loves to share me
and all her other friends too!

hehe...how's that for spur of the moment poetry??

♥ Jen
The Teacher's Cauldron

Jen R said...

I didn't want to leave out Rachelle!!

Rachelle is so awesome,
That is true too!
She lovingly shares
her stuff with me and you!

(I meant to write this with my other poem, but got "click happy" lol...so if this is double dipping, you can delete it :)

♥ Jen
The Teacher's Cauldron

Jaymie said...

You are hard-working and smart.
You give our motivation a jump start.
It's amazing the lessons you create.
Without teachers like you
I don't know what I'd do.
So keep up the great work everyday! :)


Anonymous said...

Teachers like you are
Great motivation to me
So keep it coming!

Great mini-unit. I struggle with poetry too!!


bluesasha said...

P oetry Pack
O utstanding for April
E ntering now
T his teacher wants to win
R eally great poems
Y our giveaways are awesome!

Dana said...

Thank you for all you do!
You help us to be better too.
Poetry can bring so many joys.
Thanks for helping us share it with our girls and boys.

Unknown said...

What the Teacher Wants is so fun!
When I read her posts,
I never want them to be done!

First Grade Blue SKies

Lori said...

I love What the Teacher Wants
Because I am a teacher too!
She makes cute things,
That she shares with YOU!!

Julie said...

I've been gone from blogging
and I'm out of the loop!
I can count on WTTW
to give me the scoop!

This poetry packet looks simply divine!
I hope my corny poem works and makes it mine!

Sorry! That was soooo bad! :)
Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

ashleythurston said...

What the teacher wants is so cool
It helps me with stuff for school
My lessons get a kick of fun
Its like I won
Thank you
For all you do


Dana said...

Poetry can be a difficult concept to teach.
But with this packet, it will be an easy goal to reach!
My kids and I will be thankful if we win.
We'll high five each other and our faces will grin!

You've put together an amazing resource! Thank you for sharing all of your talents and creativity! :)

3rd Grade Gridiron

Anonymous said...

I love teaching poetry. This looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Sorry. I got too excited with my previous comment and forgot my little poem.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
What the Teacher Wants
Is what I want, too!


ksteacher81 said...

Okay here's my attempt at a haiku:
You're a teacher's gift!
Thank's for all you do for us!
I love your ideas!
Ruthanne rarace81@gmail.com

Miss D'Andrea said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Miss D'Andrea said...

My Poetry Pack Haiku

Lifesaving resources
Teaching poetry to kids
Lets words flow like waves

Danielle :)


Amber said...

I love poems yes it's true.
I love poems and your poem pack too!

Sparkles , Smiles, and Student Teaching

Amber said...

forgot the email


Sparkles , Smiles, and Student Teaching

Delighted said...

Your blog is a wonderful place,
It brings a smile to my face!

I'm glad that you like to share.
In my heart I know you care.

First Grade Delight

Amber @ Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher said...

Natalie and Rachelle, creative are they.
At least that is what all their students say.
Their followers love their fun posts!
They both deserve this toast:
"Thanks for all you do!
We all love you!"



Amber @ Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Anonymous said...

Teaching us how
Each child can learn poetry, Wow!
All it takes is
Creativity and
Having others share their amazing
Ever-changing work!
Really love "What the teach Wants!"

Angie Rush

luckeyfrog said...

What the Teacher Wants
Always useful, often free
Isn't she just great?

I love haikus! Thanks!

Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

mary said...

WOULD LOVE TO WIN MARY AT apopovic@primus.ca

Think, Wonder, and Teach said...

What the teacher wants
is always the place to start!
Ideas, tips, and resources galore!
visiting here is always smart.

Misty (who needs poetry lessons!)
Think, Wonder, & Teach

Katina said...

Roses are red,
Violets are blue
If you pick me
I'll really love you!!

Mrs. Maute's Classroom said...

Write a poem, you say?
Well, What the Teacher Wants saves my day!
From useful ideas, to keeping me sane,
This blog is anything but plain!
Natalie and Rachelle, are heroes to me,
Without them, I don't know just where I'd be!
Keep up the great work...
Because you keep me from going berserk!

Thanks for all you do for teachers everywhere!!

Amy :-)

Cupcake said...

What the Teacher Wants is really, really cool
I hope I win this poem packet
It would be a great tool!

A Cupcake for the Teacher

Beg, Borrow, and Teach! said...

What the Teacher Wants Haiku
Sharing the knowledge
Helpful hints, lessons, and packs
What the Teacher Wants!

Courtney Lee said...

This would be wonderful! I love poetry, but also have no idea how to teach it.

What the Teacher Wants
A place for all things teacher.
Heaven in a site.

(Love haikus! Just taught them to my second graders!)

Courtney - courtney.a.s.lee(at)gmail.com

Dianne said...

New to first grade, that is me
What The Teacher Wants has all I need to see!
It's time to teach poetry you say,
well I better win that giveaway today! :)

Ms. Morgart said...

Rose are red,
Violets are blue,
I can't wait to see
what your poetry pack can do!!

As you can see, I need a little poetry tutorial!! Thanks for such an awesome resource!!
Curls and a Smile

whitesilkpurse said...

Roses are red
Violets are blue
The poetry pack
Will help me teach poetry too!!

Jodi said...

Poetry is something I need help with so here it goes...

Perfect Poetry Pack Prize Posted, Please Pick Puzzled Professionals!


Caroline said...

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
This poetry pack rocks
and so do you!

I really need help with teaching poetry. Sure wish I could write my own. This looks awesome.

Amy C said...

There once was a teacher named Natalie
Who had a super cool blog
Her ideas inspire
Her ideas require
Little prep from me!


Heather said...

Love it! Thank you!

Dawn said...

What do teachers want?
Inspiration, ideas, resources, friendship, and fun.

Visiting What the Teacher Wants! -
Consider all of that - and more - done.

I'd love this pack for my 4th graders! :)


Anonymous said...

Oh how I love seeing all your new posts
They fill me with glee, and I love them the most!

I also struggle with teaching poetry
So I'm hoping so greatly that you choose me!



Kate said...

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
When I think of best blogs,
I think of you!


Susie Q said...

There was a sweet teacher named Natalie Kay,
She was an inspiration each and every day,
To her students and teacher friends
The fun never ends
And everyone shouts hurray!

How's that?


Monica said...

Make teaching poetry for us a breeze
All of my students will truely enjoy these
Really cute ideas you have on your blog
Can use daily in my first grade job
Happy St. Patty's Day!


kraftykathy said...

I follow your blog. Thank you for all you share!

Rachel said...

Poetry, Poetry, What Can I Say?
Created by the one and only
Natalie Kay
I could use the pack for my kiddies
Looks great!
Oh please, pretty please
Pick number forty-eight!

dafoose said...

There once was a teacher who’d boast
That she needed to write a good post
But she couldn't write a haiku
As hard as she’d try to
So she needed this freebie the most!

Andrea said...

'Where do I start'
I often think,
but a little time reveals the answer:
'What a teacher wants'is always on hand,
as helpful as a good ole' rubber band!

Andrea said...

'Where do I start'
I often think,
but a little time reveals the answer:
'What a teacher wants'is always on hand,
as helpful as a good ole' rubber band!

Keri Kelly said...


Teaching poetry is not fun
Thank goodness for all that you've done
What the Teacher Wants is so fine
I'll save all my time
And spend it instead with my hun!



Laura Pecor said...

Oh, how I am dying to win,
This packet would give my teaching a unique spin.
My kids would enjoy it I do believe,
This free gift is what I wish to receive!


Kim said...

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Your website is awesome


Amelia said...

a haiku
for you...

What the Teacher Wants
Super ideas galore
My favorite blog!


Journey of a Substitute Teacher (Ms. T) said...

This is a unit I'd love to win!
It'd make me as happy as visiting the Dollar Spot bin!

Poems are fabulous and so are you,
I hope I win this, I really do!

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Jennifer said...

I love poems,
and even write some.
I use Where the Sidewalk ends
to teach poems and blends.
I would love to win the pack
and would even like you back!


JLevine said...

2 teachers ides for the price of one
What Teachers want makes my blog stalking fun.
Pick me, Pick me I want to win
My poetry unit, in April will begin!


Ke said...

What the Teacher Wants has many things to see.
I like the great ideas that you share with others and me.
The kids will read the poems and be filled with glee!


Suzy Q said...

How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
Great ideas for me,
Every single one of the days.

tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

Judy said...

I really love What the Teacher Wants,
you always use the cutest fonts.
I hope to someday be like you,
and see what wonderful things I can brew.
I think your blog really flaunts!

Teaching Little Apples

Erica said...

Hip, hip hooray,
For Natalie Kay.
She shares awesome lessons,
What more can I say!

You gals are a blessing, for real. :)


Sprinkles to Kindergarten

Anonymous said...

Roses are red,
Voilets are blue,
I love your blog,
And your teaching ideas too!


I LOVE to use poetry in my classroom!! I am really hoping to win this one!!

Unknown said...

I just discovered teacher blogs
My students write a Haiku every Spring
Teaching writing isn't my strength

Kelly Flanagan said...

Poetry, poetry
I teach you each spring.
I love this new packet
And the ideas it will bring.
I can't wait to use it
To hear their words sing!

Kelly Flanagan

Terese Prendiville said...

My firsties just love it
When they learn to rhyme.
They want to do it
All of the time.
Winning this packet will show what I say-
That poetry can be written in so many ways.

Mrs. Lofgren said...

What the Teacher Wants is an A+ site
She's even got the teachers to write!
A poetry pack is just what we need
To get all of our students up to speed!
May luck be with me on this day
If I win I'll shout out "Hip Hip Hooray!"
Thank you, thank you for all you do
Your fans would be lost without you!

Tammy said...

Natalie, Natalie, Natalie Kay
Another giveaway from you today!
Kids love poetry but have trouble with it
Your poetry packet would be just the ticket!
So tonight after my husband buys dinner,
I hope that I will be one of the winners!

Unknown said...

Poetry is hard to teach that is true
But your blog will help me make it fresh and new!
Don't judge my poem, I did my best.
Thank you so much you all are the best! :)

Laura Rodriguez

healthyhappyalways said...

I l ove poetry, yes I do, yet I didn't know how to teach it, until I found you:-)

cathy said...

poetry is hard
What the teacher wants is not
If I win all this

Cehlinger1 at gmail.com

Unknown said...

What a great pack!!! I'm in desperate need of it!

Roses Are red,
Violets Are Blue,
My Kids will learn Poetry
Thanks to you!

As you can see I suck at poetry! I need this pack :)

❤ Mor Zrihen from...
A Teacher's Treasure
Teaching Treasures Shop

Kelly T. said...

I love poetry
But hate to teach it
If I win this pack
My kids will learn it!

Fingers crossed!

K and K said...

So glad I found your blog! I love it!

michelle in MN said...

ok, couldn't wait to win it, bought it on TPT..love it!!!!
you are awesome

Michelle McElhinny said...

I happy to say that I have awarded you with the "One Lovely Blog Award". I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!! Thank you so much for all you do to make teaching FUN!! Please stop by my blog and pick up your award.


Our Sweet Success

Michelle McElhinny said...

I'm happy to say that I have awarded you with the "One Lovely Blog Award". I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!! Thank you so much for all you do to make teaching FUN!! Please stop by my blog and pick up your award.


Our Sweet Success

Unknown said...

I LOVE your blog. I just awarded you the "One Beautiful Blog" award. Stop by my blog to grab your award.
-Lovely Nina
Lovely Little Learners

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