Thursday, May 9, 2013

Writing Recipe Poems for Mother's Day

I've tried writing recipe poems every year with every one of my classes.  Each year, I've had the same problem: students who are unfamiliar with how recipes are written do not have the vocabulary necessary to craft the poem!

This year, I decided to try something new.  I wanted my students to write sweet poems for their mothers!  I provided my {some of my} students with words you would find in a recipe: saute, mix, chop, dice, fry, grill, etc.  I also gave them common kitchen measurements.  And for my most struggling students, I gave them adjectives they might use to describe their mothers. 

With the assistance of a dictionary (hey, I'm not doing all of their work!), students filled in their brainstorm sheet with great words such as poise, charm and faith.  SO much better than explaining for the hundredth time that someone who is caring is not careful!

I modeled a poem for the students and helped them find the pattern of kitchen verb + measurement + adjective to create their poems.

Students published on recipe themed paper with cute line art from Scrappin Doodles!  Tomorrow we will wrap the recipe and a oven mitt, kitchen towel or pot holder!  (Thank you, Dollar Tree!)
You can check out the product in my TpT store.  There are lots of different options for the publishing paper - wide rule, primary lines and "college" rule.  There are also boy and girl versions of the paper. There are also blank papers if you have students who want to write a Happy Grandmother's Day Poem or a Father's Day Recipe Poem!

What, if anything, are you doing to celebrate Mother's Day with your students?


  1. Wow - this looks AWESOME! I love the idea - and it introduces the kids to important terminology they'll need to know later.
    I'm sure the moms are going to cherish these poems - I know I would! I'm putting this item on my wishlist - I must have it! :)

    Joy in the Journey

  2. Show your dad love by give him a gift on this father's day and wish him father day very well.
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