Poetry Friday: Third Grade Poetry

Kat at Kathryn Apel is hosting Poetry Friday today. Thanks, Kat. Here are some more third grade “I Come From” poems.

I Come From by Juno

I come from Mom and Dad

From mac and cheese

I am from puppies


I’m from playing with my sister

From Eleanor and Grandma Nikkie

I’m from the  family and kind

From Oregon

My family pictures are found next to the TV

My family means a lot to me


I Come From by Alicia

I come from cats and dogs

From lasagne, spaghetti and raviola

Tasty, meaty, and juicy

I am from roses of red

Bright red

I’m from board games and Apples to Apples

From Krysta W and Mikchall W

I’m from the most funniest and silliest in town.

From “Drink your water” and “Do your Reading”

I’m from Salmon Creek hospital


I Come From by Ellie

I come from an easel

From chicken pot pie

Flaky, juicy, bumpy, and warm

I am from a cactus

Prickly, spiky, and tall

I’m from kindness and surprises

From Amy and Zack

I’m from playing pranks and giving things

From “pick up after yourself.”

From going to Girl Scouts

I’m from America, Vancouver, WA

Cookies and cupcakes

My mom was a veterinarian

Dakotah’s is Great Grandmother Ruth’s middle name

My family pictures are on the wall
History and stories


I Come From by Jazlyn

I come from slime

From the ocean and the sunset

Beautiful and coming

I am from a carnation

A colourful thing

A beautiful,nice, loving family

I’m from

From Drew and Chena
My grandfather was in the Army

My family pictures are in the hall

They care for me


I Come From by Jonathan

I come from my tablet

From Doritos and my phone

Cheesy and crunchy


Sweet and lots of sugar

I am from my dad, my mom, me and my brother

We are funny

I’m from clocks, time, food, and days

I’m from California

From cheeseburgers and calderez

From my mom who went to Washington

From my grandfather who lives in Mexico


Poetry Friday: Process for I Come From Poems


Thanks to Sylvia at Poetry for Children who is hosting today. She has a teacher rarified Sneak Peek of the 2019 poetry titles.

DISCLAIMER: I usually am teaching poetry lessons with a limited time amount. It may be thirty minutes or forty-five minutes. And as when I was in the library, I had to do over several weeks. If I were teaching in a regular classroom, I would probably teach in a different way.

I’ve been thinking about my process for working with students with creating poetry. A lot of times, I’m a “pantser” (versus being a planner). So last month I had an opportunity to work with two third grade classes on a more complicated version of the “I Come From” poems that George Ella Lyons has offered to the world. If you search on the Internet, you will find a variety of templates to use.

I decided to adapt a template into a format that I have used with students for a several poetry forms.

The first week I subbed in December, I used this form after sharing a lot of examples (particularly ones that I’ve shared in earlier blog posts).

At the end of writing time, I gathered them up so that I could type their drafts (if I were in a classroom full time, I would probably have them type them).

When I returned the second week, I handed out the drafts. I shared from my own experience in submitting poems that I get to look at the draft and the “editor” suggestions. I had them reread and make changes.

I met with these two boys and they shared what they wanted. Students got to choose which lines they wanted to use.

On this second class, I offered this for those who wanted to write their poem.
Nathan reread his draft and decided that he wanted to revise in a big way by using the above format.

He was so pleased with the outcome.

To showcase the class poems, I’m in the process of creating a Padlet for their work.

Poetry Friday: Third Grade “I Come From” Poems

Thanks to Buffy at Buffy’s Blog for hosting all the Poetry Friday poetic goodness.

I had the opportunity to work in third grade the last couple of weeks. I found a template for the “I Come From” at Scholastic. Noticed that fourth and fifth grade had used the template with success as demonstrated in the hallways of school.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll share third grade work.

I Come From by Joshua

I come from RoBlox and Fortnite

From Doritos, ice cream, and bologna

I am from rabbit of freedom

I’m from going for walks

From Marina and Gemma

I’m from the four of us and hiking

From “Respect Mom” and “Clean up your room.”

I’m from Washington soup and macaroni

My family pictures are found on my second floor

My family means a bunch of things like being nice


I Come From by Urijah

I come from MMA

From meatless pie

It’s real juicy and hot

I am from a rose

It’s spiky

From kindness and surprises

From Mel and Trey

I’m from playing video games

From my “Picking our after myself.”

I’m from Vancouver, Washington

From Coke and cakes

From my Dad was a roofing engineer

My Mom was boss of Hotel Rose

My family pictures are in my room on the wall

History and story


I Come From by Andrey

I come from Ukraine

From potato soup, good and tasty

I am from raspberry bush, juicy and sweet

From Lyudmila and Andiy

I’m from Vancouver

From borscht and Kasha


Poetry Friday: Sneak Peak at Soaring Earth by Margarita Engle


Thank you Carol W. at Carol’s Corner for hosting today’s Poetry Friday. A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have Margarita Engle send me an ARC of SOARING EARTH. This is the companion memoir to ENCHANTED AIR.

Now if you haven’t read ENCHANTED AIR yet, stop by your local library and borrow it. It was nominated for a CYBILs Poetry Award in 2015.

SOARING EARTH continues as Engle begins high school just as the social issues: Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, environmental concerns are heating up. In Engle’s lyrical language, she paints a landscape of what it’s like for a teen during the late 60’s.

Despite not being allow to travel to Cuba (thanks to the revolution there), Margarita finds other way to spread her wings through friends, writing and education.

Readers of both books are in for a treat of rich and delicious language. It’s sure to make your spirit soar.

Available in the world in February. Give youself the Valentine of a book and purchase a copy or make sure your local library has it in their collection.

Author: Margarita Engle
Published: Available, February 2019
Pages: 192
Reading Level: 7th gr and beyond
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781534429536
Source: ARC sent to me by the author

The ARC I have is available for the next reader. If you’d like to read it and share the love, leave a comment and I’ll draw a name next week.

Poetry Friday: Voices in the Air by Naomi Shihab Nye

IMG_1077Thanks to Irene at Live Your Poem for hosting Poetry Friday this week.

This week, I want to show case the title I nominated for the CYBILS Poetry Awaed:  VOICES IN THE AIR, POEMS FOR LISTENERS by Naomi Shihab Nye.  If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I consider her a mentor.  Last April, I attended the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture given by Naomi Shihab Nye.   I, of course, bought her latest book.

What if we were the listeners of all the voices in the air? Those who came before us or those we have yet to meet? What if we took the time to listen? What would we notice?

VOICES is divided into three sections: Messages, Voices in the Air, and More Worlds.

Nye begins with an introduction, a pondering of making sense of the strange world we currently reside in with a quote by Galway Kinnell, “To me, poetry is someone standing up to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.”

She reflects on a conversation student at the Yokohama International School in Japan. She said listening and writing poetry give us more yutori– a place to stand back to contemplate what we are living and experiencing…more spaciousness in being and more room to listen. I love this!

This ninety-five poem collection is contemplative and we should listen to one another read these poems aloud. Many of the poems were written for specific people. At the end of the book, Nye includes Biographical Notes.

We should take the time to slow down and listen.

Some of my favorite poems in this collection include: “Twilight”, “Train Across Texas”, and “Where do Poets Find Images, and For the Birds”.

Here’s the first few lines of perhaps my favorite (I’m not sure I can really choose)

Reserved for Poets
(Signs on first rows of chairs at poetry festival. La Conner, Washington)



Full moons.

No really–they’re everybody’s.

Nothing is reserved.

I highly encourage to find this book, read it, and listen.

Author: Naomi Shihab Nye
Published: 2018
Pages: 190
Reading Level: YA
Publisher: Greenwillow
ISBN: 978-0-06-269184-2
Source: Personal purchase

Poetry Friday: H IS FOR HAIKU Book Talk


Thanks to Linda B. at TeacherDance who is hosting Poetry Friday today. It’s going to be great.

This week, I’m starting a new chapter on this blog. The last few years, the blog has focused more on student work and less on book reviews/talks/ recommendations. Over the last month, I’ve been mulling over what to do with this blog. Certainly, when the opportunity presents itself to showcase student work, I will.

So I’ve decided to feature poetry books on this blog for Poetry Friday.

I am please to share with you H IS FOR HAIKU A TREASURY OF HAIKU FROM A TO Z by Sydell Rosenberg today. Rosenberg was a chartered member of the Haiku Society of America (HSA). She was a public school teacher and used her experiences as a springboard for haiku.

In Amy Losak’s introduction of her mom’s book, she speaks of the small moments that haiku makes big. This is what I love. It’s the very reason I write haiku and teach students about the form. In a society where the small moments can be missed, slowing down for discovery is so necessary.

H IS FOR HAIKU begins with Rosenberg’s definition. My favorite part of her explanation? “Haiku can’t be gimmicked; it can’t be shammed. If it is slicked into cuteness, haiku losses what it has to give.”

Here are a few examples as page spreads.

adventures over
the cat sits in the fur ring
of his tail and dreams

first library card
and a promise to read all
authors A to Z

queuing for ice cream
sweat-sprinkled office workers
on Queens Boulevard

Whether you are a first grader practicing a recorder or Xavier at the beauty parlor or seeing children with umbrellas as mushrooms, each haiku is a fresh small moment that still resonates today. It’s difficult to believe that the original haiku were written long before the publishing of the book. Rosenberg’s word choice is impeccable and rich.

Sawsan Chalabi’s illustrations are a bright complement to the text. Did you know she was responsible for the lettering of the haiku? To me it adds to the structure of the book. I’m not sure the book would work as well had the lettering been a standard font and size.

I would recommend getting this book if you need a mentor text in haiku. Losak addresses the English interpretation of haiku as being the 5-7-5 structure while explaining that many writers (including her mom) aren’t so strict about the syllable count. I think this is important when teaching young writers. I’ve been told that rules were created to be broken and the hard fast syllable structure should be broken when appropriate.

H is FOR HAIKU is nominated for the CYBILS Award in Poetry.

Author: Sydell Rosenburg
Illustrator: Sawsan Chalabi
Published: 2018
Pages: unpaged
Reading Level: 3rd grade and up
Publisher: Penny Candy Books
ISBN: 978-0-9987999-7-1
Source: Personal purchase