Poetry Friday: National Poetry Month

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Poetry Friday is hosted by Amy of The Poem Farm.
In January, Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty featured Joyce Sidman.  The DMC was to write a poem expressing a ‘deeper truth’.  Our fifth graders have researched nonfiction topics of their choice.  So in library, I had them list what they remembered and then write a ‘deeper truth’ poem about their subject. I discovered that fifth graders needed a bit more scaffolding as well as talking about their poems being personification poems in a way.  They rose to the occasion.  Here’s three to share today.  There will be more in the month.

Challenger poem







Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.



National Poetry Month Featuring Student Work


Great new NPM button found at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

Each year I like to feature the work of my students at Silver Star Elementary.  Some of you might find a poetry postcard in your mailbox this month.

To begin, these are third grade students.  The assignment was to research an animal in order to create an animal poem for the poetry project.  I discovered Pic Monkey and am having lots of fun with it.

basking fish

hannah p


National Poetry Month: 2015 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem


2015ProgressivePoemVisit Live Your Poem To see the poem unfold.

Welcome to National Poetry Month.  Last year, I missed out on participating in the Progressive Poem Party (much like a progressive dinner but with poetry). Irene invited me to start off this year.

I am anxious to see where it travels and how it unfolds..  A friend recently said to me, “Live without a net.”  Great line. So with that idea in mind, and the word alluvium,  here’s my opening line for 2015:

She lives without a net, walking on the alluvium  of the delta

Now Joy will add on to this line.

2015 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem

1 Jone at Check it Out

2 Joy at Poetry for Kids Joy

3 Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe

4 Laura at Writing the World for Kids

5 Charles at Poetry Time Blog

6 Ramona at Pleasures from the Page

7 Catherine at Catherine Johnson

8 Irene at Live Your Poem

9 Mary Lee at Poetrepository

10 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty

11 Kim at Flukeprints

12 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche

13 Doraine at DoriReads

14 Renee at No Water River

15 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge

16 Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town

17 Buffy at Buffy’s Blog

18 Sheila at Sheila Renfro

19 Linda at Teacher Dance

20 Penny at A Penny and her Jots

21 Tara at A Teaching Life

22 Pat at Writer on a Horse

23 Tamera at The Writer’s Whimsy

24 Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect

25 Tabatha at The Opposite of indifference

26 Brian at Walk the Walk

27 Jan at Bookseedstudio

28 Amy at The Poem Farm

29 Donna at Mainely Write

30 Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme