It used to be that the “First Friday” of every month, grade levels would go to the library to share their writing. We don’t get to do that any more. Time is tight in all classrooms. But what I can do is offer up student poems here on the first Friday of each month.
These poems are a result of the three days with author, Susan Blackaby.
I jump and run fast so cats don’t get me I’m
Tiny but sneaky. I can hide in plain site
And if people try to catch me I will bite
I’m also can be cute nice but if I’m scared
I can fight I’m small but in my head I’m tall
I am a pink pig.
I am as chubby as a bookshelf.
I waddle and trottle.
I oink like thunder.
I am the barn pig.
I am a white wolf
I’m faster then a horse
I leap, gallop
I’m invisible in snow
I am a blue bird.
I am as small as a mouse.
I hover, flap, and glide across the sky.
Dog bark at me as I drift above them.
I am one type of my 9,000 different species.
This is a sneak peak of the poems coming in April. Poetry Friday is held at Reflections on the Teche.
Time to celebrate the week. More celebrations at Ruth Ayres Writes.
Monday! Our second day with Susan Blackaby, author. She spent the day teaching students how to write a five-line poem.
This was a group poem from Kindergarten. And she will be back next Thursday for a final writing day.
A sign of spring. I spied these on my way into school this week.
The dad who volunteered to help the school play with the sound system. The biggest problem with the school play is the sound system. No one can ever hear us very well as we have limited mics for all the speakers.
Working with kinders to write their own five-line poem. I modeled the poem and then they wrote their own. It’s so exciting to see the ranges of writers; those who struggle with letters to those who get it!
Our first five-day week since the beginning of January. Plus my asthma has subsided and I finally worked out this morning.
And I started the SOLSC 2014 challenge to write every day in March at Deowriter.
~Jone Rush MacCulloch
In another month, it will be National Poetry Month. And this marks the sixth year that students from my school will write poems and illustrate them on postcards. They arrive sometime in April in your snail mailbox. Here’s a couple of samples from the previous year.
So would you like a handcrafted poetry postcard? Please visit HERE to provide me with your snail mail details.
Poetry Friday is held at Poet! Poet! thanks, Anastasia.
It’s much more fun than getting a bill in the mail.
Every Saturday, it’s time to reflect on the good things of the week. More can be found at Ruth Ayre Writes.
It’s been a challenging week in that I had to stay home from school because of my asthma flare-up. So today I am celebrating coughing less, discovering the root of the flare-up: a sinus infection that I had no clue I had, and having time to read between naps.
What are you celebrating?
WHAT THE HEART KNOWS: CHANTS, CHARMS, and BLESSINGS by Joyce Sidman was among the seven poetry finalists for the CYBILS.
This is a slim but powerful volume of poetry which contains four sections: Charms and Chants, Spells and Invocations, Laments and Remembrances, and Praise Songs and Blessings. When have you wished for something, felt a loss, or just enjoyed the blessing of the day?
The one thing I love about Sidman’s work is they way she will take a topic and present a unique twist. Her opening sentence in her note to readers says it all, “We speak to send messages to the world.” Once upon a time, chants, charms, and blessings were used to encourage the crops to grow or to place a spell on someone or something.
Today in a world of one hundred forty characters to express your feelings, I am glad Sidman’s book is in the world when I am in need of a lament or an invocation. Sidman’s book is a fabulous as a mentor text for anyone needing to write such a poem.
Then there are the mixed medium illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski. (I missed out on her calendar this year but next year….) The muted tones, the evocative nature of the illustrations pull the collections together for a stunning book.
Here are what students are reading at school these days:
Aiden, 5th grader: Mark of Athena by Rick Riodan
Noah, 5th grader: books on the Boston Tea Party
Kaidence, 4th grader: Helen Keller
Michael, 5th grade: Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements and book two of Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Tessia, 4th grade, Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne
I am listening to The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich in preparation for my book club next Sunday. I just started The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.
What are you reading? Link up at Teach Mentor Texts.