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Poetry for Children
Poetry Break #12

A poem with movement

August Heat
by Anonymous

In August, when the days are hot,
I like to find a shady spot,
And hardly move a single bit--
And sit--
And sit--
And sit--
And sit!

from The Sky is Full of Song;
Harper and Row, 1983

Introduction
Divide the kids into four groups with each group reading one of the "and sit" lines. Stand up to read this poem. As you get to the line "And sit," each group sits down when they read their line, until everyone is seated.

Extension
Invite the kids to find other poems with actions, gestures, or movements suggested by the words. (For example, see "Boa constrictor" by Shel Silverstein)