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Title: Dancing to Haikus-Part 1: Identifying Syllables
Digital Tool: Syllable Lesson Video
Digital Tool Description: The teacher will introduce students to the word syllable and demonstrate to students how to count syllables in words using the digital tool. Next, the teacher will read a haiku poem to students and have the students count the syllables in the haiku using the strategy demonstrated in the video clip. Lastly, the teacher and students will read a variety of haiku poems, with the teacher encouraging the students to identify the syllable pattern in each poem using non-locomotor movements. The students will use mental math to calculate the number of syllables present in each line of a haiku poem and describe how this pattern supplies rhythm in a haiku.  This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

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Title: Dancing to Haikus-Part 2: Dance Party
Digital Tool: KidZone Poetry-Haiku
Digital Tool Description: This activity is designed to be presented after the activity Dancing to Haikus-Part 1: Counting Syllables. In this activity, the teacher will introduce pairing a haiku poem with locomotor movements, such as jumping, twirling, and skipping. The students will develop ideas to connect locomotor movements with prompting from a haiku poem.  This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

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Title: You're a Poet, and You Know It!
Digital Tool: Poetry Idea Engine
Digital Tool Description: This tool provides assistance with creating haikus, cinquains, limericks, and free verse poetry.

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Title: Become a Poet with Technology
Digital Tool: ReadWriteThink Tool
Digital Tool Description: This interactive activity challenges students to use a graphic organizer and write an acrostic poem.

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Title: Race to Win - Do You Know the Words?
Digital Tool: Bluster! App for iPad
Digital Tool Description: This app allows students to work alone or with others to practice important word skills such as rhyming words, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms, homophones, adjectives and more. 


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