April 11, 2019

The Frazzled Teacher Recommends: Where the Sidewalk Ends

The Frazzled Teacher Recommends: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Do you love books as much as I do? I definitely consider myself an avid reader! I am always on the lookout for new books while taking the time to reread my favorites. Join me each Thursday as I share a classroom treasure with you. Let me know what you think of the book and what book you would recommend!

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Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? I used to dread it because let me tell you a secret...I don't like poetry! Let me specify, I don't like poetry for adults. It doesn't to be too dry and boring for me. I just don't get it. Poetry for children, now that I can get into much better. 

Where the Sidewalk Ends is a childhood classic. In my class library I even have the book from when I was in elementary school. I loved this book because it would conjure memories of school assemblies when my fifth grade teacher Mr. G. would read a poem in his loud, booming voice and quiet the entire gym down (no microphone needed)! 

I want to share these memories with my students as well. I may not have the loud, booming voice, but I will read favorite poems over and over again. Some favorites in this book include Boa Constrictor and Sick. Sick is one of my all time favorite ones because the little girl is making any excuse not to go to school. It's definitely entertaining.

We also use some poems in other subjects. We examined the poem Smart and determined that the child did not know his money at all! 

Even if you aren't fond of poems, I still suggest searching for some favorites to share with students. Who knows, one of them may grow up to be a Poet Laureate because of the love of poetry found in your classroom!

Here are some other great books of poems:


The New Kid on the Block is another one from my childhood that was definitely well loved! My favorite poem is Homework, Oh Homework. I guarantee your students will love it too! The other poetry book is perfect in helping bring diversity into your library. Langston Hughes is an incredible poet. This particular book is geared for children.

What book do you recommend?

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