What makes a poem?
April is National Poetry Month! What makes a poem? Answering that question can be really tough!

Today’s Activities

WATCH IT! Today we’re going to try to answer the question: what is a poem? Have any of your opinions of poems shifted?

READ IT! Take a look at this poem entitled “April.”

WRITE IT! Try your own poem that starts “April is…” Don’t worry about trying to make it rhyme or follow any rules. Write what you see and feel about the month of April.

Visit Bobbi Katz’s website to learn more about the author of “April.” 

Brain Teasers!

Brain Teasers! Challenge yourself to solve these math puzzles. Share one or more with someone else and explain your thinking.

Leveled learning extension 1: Reinforce your math skills with these pages which offer more basic math problems! 

Worksheet 1

Worksheet 2

Leveled learning extension 2: Tease your brain with this worksheet to target foundational math skills!



Earth Day is Every Day! Learn more about Earth Day and then set up this pollution experiment to see how trash affects our oceans, rivers, and lakes. From Kimberlie Ballard of Twain Harte Elementary School.


Watch this video about America’s national symbols.

Get Moving!

1 minute times: Jumping jacks, hop, run in place, high knees, etc. get your heart pumping.

Create it!

Check out these projects and examples then draw some National Symbols. Put them around your house and explain what they mean to members of your family.

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