Blogger Paige Bentley-Flannery

Animal Poetry Game

Boys playing game

Are you ready? It’s time….to play….Name that Animal! (Game show voice)

  • Hold your poetry book up high and share the cover – title, author and illustrator with your audience.
  • Ask for two volunteers.
  • Use two volunteers with a buzzer between them.
  • Again, explain how the game works.
  • I’m going to read the poem, you’re going to guess the animal, after I read the poem, hit the buzzer if you know the animal…Are you ready?  (Game show voice…)
  • Read the poem (In your poetry voice…)
  • Name that Animal! (Game show voice…)
  • Who will tap the buzzer first?
  • Let them guess what animal it is.
  • If your two volunteers are stuck – ask your audience for help and have them yell out the animal.
Animal Poetry Game photo by Paige Bentley-Flannery

3 favorite Animal Poetry Books: 
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar and Roar! Edited by J. Patrick Lewis.

Mountain Gorilla by Janet S. Wong
A Flamingo Is by J. Patrick Lewis
Porcupine by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Squirrel Forgets by Lilian Moore
The White Egret by Paul Janeczko
Penguins by Charles Ghigna

Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures by Kwame Alexander.

Elephant
Chameleon
Mouse
Bat
Snake

In the Wild by David Elliot

Elephant
Rhinoceros
Sloth
Polar Bear
Panda

Please email me for more poetry ideas at paigeb@dpls.us.

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Paige Bentley-Flannery is a Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library. For over fifteen years–from the Seattle Art Museum to the New York Public Library to the Deschutes Public Library-Paige’s passion and creative style for art, poetry and literature have been combined with instructing, planning, and providing information. Paige is a former member and Chair of the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee, 2015 – 2017, Chair of the ALSC Digital Content Task Force and member of the ALSC Great Websites Committee.

 

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