Refresh your returning students with a delicious lemonade while you read them the ALA notable book, Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word by Bob Raczka. Write a poem with your students using your Promethean and Read Write Think Theme Poems at http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/theme-poems-30044.html and allow your students to go to computer literacy stations creating their own poems. This site guides your students through the entire brainstorming process of creating a poem.
Add the ALA notable book, Emma Dillemma: Big Sister Poems by Kristine O’Connell George and allow your students to create their own original family poems in their journals.
At another literacy station, add the outstanding iPad app If Poems at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/if-poems-for-the-iphone/id476329476?mt=8 and allow students to create their own original poems. This app is important for your students because fifth graders are not confident poets. The app allows the student to create a poem and record it. Hearing their voice and hearing the words provides a real life example for them to show that they are real poets.