Poetry Friday: Young Americans Poetry Digest 2015


Poetry Friday is found at Poetry for Children featuring Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell.



arrived at school this week.  It’s the poetry digest that students submit their work each year hosted by the National Schools Project.

A poem from the book by Hadden L, now a fifth grader at school:

I am a bearder dragon
I am as fast as a cat
I puff my beard, I spring at my crickets,
And when I get really mad
When people are rude to me
We have spikes on the sides of us
I am spiky dragon

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.


Poetry Friday: Constitution Day, Citizenship Day Plus an Announcement


Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty is our Poetry Friday host.

So yesterday was Constitution Day.  Fun Fact:  It’s the day in 1787 when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met to sign our constitution. It’s also know as Citizenship Day.

We are required to teach about the Constitution and citizenship and what better way than to share this poem by Georgia Heard.  It’s from The Poetry Friday anthology: Celebrations through Pomelo Books.

A Dream Come True
by Georgia Heard

I covered my hear with my hand,
Sang “America the Beautiful,” From sea to shining sea...
To celebrate my mom, my dad, my brother and me,
Becoming citizens of this great land.

I covered my heart with my hand,
Tears filled my eyes with pride and glory.
A dream come true, a brand new story,
Becoming citizens of this great land.

I know several people who have recently become US citizens and they are so proud.

Drum Roll….Here’s the 2015 CYBILS Poetry Judges:


Round 1
Nancy Bo Flood
The Pirate Tree
Irene Latham
Jone Rush MacCulloch
Margaret Simon
Tricia Stohr-Hunt
Carol Wilcox
Sylvia Vardell
Round 2
Linda Baie
Rosemary Marotta
Diane Mayr
Heidi Mordhorst
Laura Shovan
Happy Friday
Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: Honoring 9/11

IMG_1077Robyn Hood Black is hosting Poetry Friday at Life at the Deckle Edge.  She’s remembering 9/11, a day that changed our lives forever.  Plus she’s featuring a poem from a fifth grader.

It set the tone for me and I remembered that a couple other students wrote poems about this topic. I remember getting ready for school and watching the Today show.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  I have cousins living in New Jersey working in NYC.  Were they all okay?  (and they were thankfully)

The first, is a repost from Braxton B.  And the second is from Ayana.  Both of these students are now in sixth grade.



Remembering those whose lives were forever changed by the assault on our soil.   Prayers of continued healing and peace today.

Poetry Friday: The First Week of School and CYBILS Plea


Thank you Linda at TeacherDance for hosting today.


Can you believe the CYBILS is celebrating ten years?
Please consider being on the panel for either round one or two.
It’s so much fun to read nominated poetry books and talk poetry. Deadline is September 9, 2015.


It’s the first week of my 42nd year of teaching.  What better way to celebrate than this poem from The Poetry Friday: Celebrations book.


We have had a great time talking about the first day and week.  The students like the repeating the line “The Very First Day of School”.

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.