Poetry Friday: Food Love and A Special Announcement

Thank you, Linda B. at TeacherDance for rounding up all the poetry goodness this week.

This week upon arrival to the school I was subbing at, the person was there and gave me the opportunity to write poetry with her two fifth grade classes. I think it caught the students off guard (especially first thing in the morning and they are less familiar with me than my former school).  I made some adjustments and the second class took off.

I used the lesson from the poetry of Janet Wong’s A SUITCASE OF SEAWEED AND MORE.  It’s food poems are the best to lead off for writing to poems.

I like using the “Skinny”poem format as it’s quick in a short time  space (30 minutes). Everyone has a strong reaction to food that being you either love or hate particular foods.

The ‘Skinny” poem consists of eleven lines.  Three lines are the SAME word (in this case food). The first and the last line should be the same sentence. The remaining six lines are single words or a word phrase to describe the food.

These are general instructions for writing and I am not strict about following them as my main goal with students is to experimenting, playing with words, and hopefully a poem will result.

Made with Padlet


Could It Be the Return of Student Poetry Postcards?

Stayed Tuned!

Poetry Friday: Skinny Poems Based on Poems from Pet crazy

Thanks to Kat at Kathryn Apel for hosting  all the goodness of Poetry Friday today.

This week I was in first grade for two days.  I was given time to share and teach poetry.  I used Pet Crazy by Sylvia Vardell  and Janet Wong to prime the pump.  Who doesn’t want a pet or have a pet?

I specially used the Anchor Poem, Response Poem, and Mentor Poem written by Kristy Dempsey and Janet Wong

[Anchor Poem]:

by Kristy Dempsey

Tippy-toe, Kitty Cat
is sneaking through the house,
pushing on a puff of yarn,
wishing for a mouse.
Kitty loves to play all day,
jumping, pouncing, leaping.
Where is kitty hiding now?
Shh! Kitty’s sleeping.


[Response Poem]:

by Janet Wong

Cats are
     the greatest pets ever!

They are
     so clean and clever.

Would I like
     a dog? No, never!

Cats are
     my favorites -- FOREVER!

[Mentor Poem]:

by Janet Wong

Kristy likes neat pets.
Cats don’t drool.

She should meet my uncle’s dogs.
They’re super-cool.

My uncle’s dogs will sit and stay —
and stay and s-t-a-y.

Their house is kind of far,
but we could go there someday.

When we play together,
Kristy will see:

dogs are pretty much
the perfect pets for me!

Plus I found this great quick video of Janet reading to Tony Tiger: 
The class and I made a list of pets and a list of juicy words. We talked about the format of a skinny poem and with a template, off they went to create. Then as students finished we uploaded to Padlet. This give an opportunity to confer and revise with students. 

Made with Padlet
Next week, I will be hosting Poetry Friday at DEOWRITER.

Poetry Friday: December Short Poems

IMG_1077Welcome.  Thank you, Tanita at [fiction, instead of lies] for hosting the Poetry Friday Community today.

Yesterday was spent in third grade.  This teacher teams with her neighbor so I was able to teach two poetry lessons.

I used SANTA CLAUSES, SHORT POEMS from the NORTH POLE by Bob Raczka as the mentor text.img-06942519981825254125739.jpg
While, the first page of the book, describes Santa’s love of haiku, I focused on the idea that these are short poems and shared the December Word List that was created for our December Haiku challenge.

Each class created a group poem:

here are the geese
they ate the cookies
from the bakery


drinking hot chocolate
that reindeer made
(the kids filled in this last line)

in the forest
sparkly snowflakes dropped
on my skin

day before Christmas
Santa fell down the chimney
into the kettle

~PM Class

By using Padlet, I can confer with students and upload their poem with immediacy.

Made with Padlet

Next week, I hope to have fourth grade short poems.


Poetry Friday: In November by Kindergarten

I’m giving thanks to Rebecca at Sloth Reads for hosting our Poetry Friday this week.

Yesterday, I subbed in Mrs. Henderson’s K class. I read the book In November by Cynthia Rylant to get these eighteen students thinking about the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of November.

I decided to “prime the pump” by having the students draw what they saw, heard, smelled or tasted before gathering to create the group poem. This also allowed to break up the sitting time and followed by recess, they were ready to come together and share their ideas.

In November by Mrs. Henderson’s Class

In November,
I see no leaves trees
I smell turkey
I taste pumpkin pie
I give thanks for my family

In November,
I see bees
I hear crows, “Ka-Kawing, ka-kawing”
I smell beef
I taste turkey
I give thanks for the whole world

In November,
I see the leaves not moving on the trees
I hear an owl, “Hoo-Hoo, hoo-hoo”
I smell mashed potatoes
I taste beef jerky
I give thanks for food

In November,
I see my family
I hear the wind
I smell gravy
I taste green beans
I give thanks for potatoes not mashed


Poetry Friday: Second Grade Monsters

Thanks to Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference for hosting Poetry Friday.

It’s November 1, all monsters have gone to sleep. Or have they? On Monday, I had the opportunity to sub in a second grade class.

Originally I was going to do an “I Come From” poetry lesson and then I remember what week it was, Michelle H. Barnes Ditty Challenge, and decided we would all be better served thinking of monsters.

I started by sharing Amanda Noll’s HOW I MET MY MONSTER. It was really fun because I had read the first one to them as kinders (they were my last kinder class).

I shared some of the poems from Michelle’s Padlet along with my Book Monster poem. We then created a list on monsters and fears. They went to their desks and started writing and illustrated. Throughout the day, we loaded them on Padlet (although I added the illustrations later as the computer didn’t have a built in camera.). Apologies that some illustrations don’t come through.

Made with Padlet

Poetry Friday: Honoring. #DearOneLBH and a Guest Blogger: Janet Clare Fagal

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Amy at The Poem Farm for hosting this wonderful celebration about our Dear One, Lee Bennett Hopkins.

Today at this blog, I am turning it over to Janet Clare Fagal for her poem tribute to Lee Bennett Hopkins.

DISCLAIMER: I am out of town, Ms IPad is NOT cooperating, thus this is a bit of formatting wonkiness. I had to screen shot Janet’s beautiful tribute poem and reflection so that you might be able to read it. Apologies.

Thank you to Jone for allowing me to post my poem for Lee on her blog today. I am eternally grateful for Lee’s invitation that led to my poem, “A Mermaid’s Tale” being included in his latest anthology, I AM SOMEONE ELSE, Poems About Pretending. It was a joy working with him. He was an exacting editor, but he encouraged and taught and enjoyed helping beginners like me. I treasure his friendship and his belief in me, as do so many others! Such a Pied Piper of Poetry ! How we will all miss him.

Invitations, Poems and Lee:

a poem of thanksgiving

By Janet Clare Fagal

Good poems.
Good rhymes
Good edits
Good lines
Good writing
Good drafts
Good words
Good laughs
Good poets
Good starts
Good people
Good hearts
Good writers
Good rhymes
Good poems
Great times

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Janet reading to her granddaughter with quite the facial expression on Janet that Lee liked.

Thank you, Janet, for sharing you poem and connection with Lee with our Poetry Friday community.