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Poems and Songs: Rivers and Ponds
These sites are a collection of songs and poems for elementary students. The songs and poems are related to animals living by, habitats in, and activities on rivers and ponds. Lesson plans, samples of songs, and history of river songs are included. There are links to eThemes resources on Habitat: Ponds and Lakes, Poetry: Simile and Figurative Language, Poets and their Poetry, and Writing: Poetry.
This site has sample of a collection of eleven songs and one poem celebrating whitewater paddling and the river experience of the outdoors. Click on a song name for lyrics and click on the `Note' icon to listen to the song. Glossary of terms used in the songs can be found in a homepage. NOTE: The site contains ads.
This 11-page PDF file contains ten lessons that help students learn about what life is like in and around a pond. This lesson plan includes various activity ideas involving field trips, book and poem readings, music, and other activities.
These sites are about rivers and how they are formed. Topics include streams, tributaries, deltas, floodplains, and sediment. There are vocabulary words, illustrations, activity ideas, and quizzes. Includes eThemes Resources on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
These sites focus on ponds and lakes. Find out what plants and animals thrive in these ecosystems. Includes a story about a frog living in a pond, tips on pond dipping, and a mathematical formula for calculating the surface acreage of ponds. Also learn about energy pyramids, nitrogen and carbon cycles, and biotic and abiotic factors. There are links to eThemes Resources on the water cycle and habitats.
These sites contain poems about autumn, winter, and the seasonal holidays. Learn how simile and figurative language can be used in poetry. Includes worksheets and in class activities. Includes links to eThemes Resources on similes, personification, metaphors, alliteration, idioms, and hyperbole.
These sites feature authors who write poetry for children. Includes biographies of poets and examples of their work. Learn about Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Sara Holbrook, Edward Lear, and other poets. Linked is an eThemes Resource on writing poetry.
These sites provide examples of different forms of poetry written for kids. Includes haiku, acrostic, concrete, limerick, free verse, couplet, and cinquain. Students can read the examples and then create their own original poetry. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on poets.