In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about Eloise Greenfield. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Eloise Greenfield topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About Eloise Greenfield
Help students understand and appreciate the rhythm of Greenfield’s poetry. Together, choose one of Eloise Greenfield’s poems and set it to music. You can invite students to play musical instruments and bang on cans to accompany the poem. You might want to sing the poem to a familiar melody or make up your own tune.
Together, read Night on Neighborhood Street, which is a collection of poems about what goes on in a community at night. If possible, take a walk around the school together. Who makes up the school’s community? What do they do? In pairs or independently, have students write a poem about what goes on in the school. Then create a poetry anthology together!
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Eloise Greenfield
Many of Eloise Greenfield’s poems are about the importance of family. You may want to read Brothers and Sisters: Family Poems together and then write poems about your own family together. You can each write your own poems or write a poem together. You can even get every member of your family to write a line of the poem.
Many of Eloise Greenfield’s books are about kids who go through happy and sad times. Some characters learn how to deal with difficult feelings and find happiness, and other characters maintain a positive outlook despite tough situations. Together with your child, discuss a challenging time in his or her life. How did your child cope with his or her feelings? Write a poem or story together to describe what happened. Encourage writing to be an outlet for your child to deal with unpleasant feelings.