For this day, you find a poem or write a poem and keep it handy (in your pocket) so that you can read it to anyone and everyone you come in contact with during the day. It is a great activity to share with your students. This year my entire school is getting involved!
Here are some great resources you might find useful.
Example Poems for your pocket: (Just print, cut and carry.)
Unfortunately, PIYP Day sometimes lands during a school vacation or on a day that is inconvenient for you, your class or your school. That is the case for my school this year. (We have two first grade classes who are going on a field trip, but are excited to join the poetry fun.) So we decided to change the date to Wednesday instead of Thursday. Even though we will be celebrating this on a different day, the effect will certainly be there. We could also encourage students to continue the celebration of poetry on the actual day by carrying their poem two days!
I can’t wait to see how it all pans out tomorrow in our school as children and adults of all ages share their favorite poems with one another. I’ll be certain to comment with updates.
In the meantime, please tell: Do you like this idea? Do you celebrate PIYP Day? Would you? How? What’s your poem you will keep in your pocket?
Keep a poem in your pocket
and a picture in your head
and you’ll never feel lonely at night when you’re in bed.
The little poem will sing to you
the little picture bring to you
a dozen dreams to dance to you
at night when you’re in bed.
Keep a picture in your pocket
and a poem in your head
and you’ll never be lonely at night when you’re in bed.
-Beatrice Schenk de Regniers