Magnet Attraction

My poem using magnets

Wanted:  A best practice for helping develop vocabulary and writing skills

Answer:  Working with students to develop their use of vocabulary or stories sometimes needs a bit of magnetism.  Look no further than Magnetic Poetry.  Click here to jump to their site. Dave Kapell, founder of Magnetic Poetry, was experiencing writers block and took small pieces of paper with words.  While he was working he sneezed and his words took flight.  From there he developed Magnetic Poetry.  What is great about Magnetic Poetry is that students start to take random words and make them fit into a sentence.  This is a great way to help students start stories if they are stuck and don’t know where to start.  Kapell said, “Word play can ignite a love of language in general, which is essential in a lifetime of reading, writing, and higher thinking and learning.”

When you are at the magnetic poetry site you can play with the magnets online is free and the site does not require a sign up.  There is an adult version and a kid’s version.  You can change your magnetic background and search for word phrases.  Magnetic Poetry also has a spot for teachers.  Different lesson plans are explained.  A few of the titles for older students include:

  • Spontaneous Writing Teams
  • Tag Team Poetry
  • Story Starter

I have used magnetic words with my students and with my daughter.  I have found it doesn’t matter what age, magnet letters, words, or phrases are just fun to play with and manipulate.  If you have a wonderful poem or story using magnetic poetry post your poem.

-Mrs. Berry

P.S.  Mom, I know you read my blog so I would like the artist magnets for Christmas.  Thanks

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