1. Decorate your classroom with the National Poetry Month poster.
  2. Invite your students to write letters to award-winning poets as part of this year’s Dear Poet project.
  3. Learn more about the educator resources on Poets.org with this brief video guide featuring Richard Blanco.
  4. Begin each day or class period with a new poem.
  5. Talk to your school librarian about creating a poetry book display in the library.
  6. Read a poem over the public address system each morning.
  7. Send your students on a scavenger hunt for favorite poems in the Poems for Kids section of Poets.org.
  8. Organize a field trip to a local nursing home and have students read poems to the elderly.
  9. Ask each student to create his or her anthology of favorite poems.
  10. Show your students these poets’ definitions of the word poetry and ask them to provide their own.
  11. Hold a poetry exchange day with poems wrapped as gifts.
  12. Explore A Poet’s Glossary and introduce your students to a different poetic term every day.
  13. Sign up for Teach This Poem to receive a weekly poem, classroom activities, and multimedia resources.
  14. Have your students make and send greeting cards featuring lines of poetry.
  15. Browse these poems about reading and writing and these lesson plans about ars poetica poems.
  16. Read Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.”
  17. Have your class choose poems and write them in chalk on the sidewalk.
  18. Invite your students to read about ekphrastic poetry and write poems in response to their favorite pieces of art.
  19. Hold a poetry festival in your school and invite students to read or memorize their favorite poems.
  20. Play audio recordings of poets reading their work at the beginning of every class.
  21. Publish a school-wide literary journal or anthology of student poems.
  22. Help your students find local events and opportunities through Poetry Near You.
  23. Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day and download this packet of poems for the occasion.
  24. Talk about immigration and heritage in the classroom with these selections of poems and lesson plans.
  25. Browse this selection of poems about spring.
  26. Have your students illustrate poems and hang them around the classroom or school.
  27. Host a poetry café for the parents and invite your students to read poems aloud.
  28. Play videos of poets reading and discussing their work.
  29. Challenge students to create a poetry notebook and write one poem per day in April.
  30. Download the Poetry in the Classroom Calendar and plan ahead for more opportunities to bring poetry into the classroom.