One of my favorite poetry activities is painting poems. We spend a lot of time thinking and planning our poem. Then we get to paint. The kids use their mental images to create their pictures. As their painting, the adults go around the room and have the kids talk about their paintings. We listen and emphasize the language we hear them using.
Once the paintings are dry, we start the writing portion. After working on poetry for a month, the kids really start to get the hang of it. Most kindergarteners like to write list poems.
The fifth graders acted as our writing coaches. They helped the kindergarteners with the layout and formatting of the poems.