Poetry Friday: Firefly by Jacqueline Woodson


Thanks to Heidi at Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe. for hosting Poetry Friday.

My niece moved to NYC last August.  She introduced her son to fireflies last week.  They are such magical creatures.  Hereś a Jacqueline Woodson poem.



It’s almost May
and yesterday
I saw a firefly.
You don’t see
them a lot
in the city.
in the park
in the near dark
The rest of the poem is HERE.
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Poetry Friday: More Second Grade Poetry

Thank you to Mary Lee at A Year of Reading who’s hosting Poetry Friday. 

tall and long
eating, feeding, caring
sitting down on the ground
hiding drinking running
fast and spots

~Taylor D.

Lynx rufus
Oregon Zoo
Shy, sneaky
Hiding, walking, jumping
has black fur sometimes looks like Darth Vader
short tail they look like a mountain lion

~ Brooklyn H.

black and yellowish
hunting, eating, hiding
you look like an eel
playing, running, sleeping
cave dweller

~Bentley C.

Lynx rufus
bobcats have fur that has spots
jumping, running, sleeping
bobcats are named for their bobbed tail
pacing, building, fighting
bobcats have sharp claws that are for fighting

~Nathan Y.

polar bear
in water
eating, killing, playing
6 to 10 feet
waiting, killing, surprising
sea bears
ursus maritims

~Thor S.

Poetry Friday: Featuring Second Grade Poets


Thanks to Buffy at Buffy’s Blog for hosting us today.

Second grade did research recently on animals of the Oregon Zoo.  They used  World Book Kids which has a fantastic animal quick facts chart and the Oregon Zoo website.

Following the research, we wrote animal poems.

polar bear
fluffy white bear
catching, running, fighting
you look like you’re made out of the snow
playing, hiking, swimming
white as snow
ursus maritimus

~Allison S

in open waters
swimming, protecting, eating sponge
been around for over 100 million years
laying eggs, weighing more than 1000 pounds
sea turtles


fast, cool
Chasing, resting, fascinating
Family, awesome, cubs, playful
Sneaking, sleeping, pouncing
jumping, turning
acinonyx jubatas


ursus maritimus
the Arctic
sea ice
playing, rolling, splashing
they live in cold places
polar bear


fast smart
hiding hunting chasing
you’re always looking for something else to do
eating sleeping scaring
having fun
acinonyt jubatus

~Allison D.

Sea otter
playing, swimming, eating
sunbathing in water grabbing hair body covering
creeping, sleeping, stepping
playful, silly


white sturgeon
when young eat mollusks
swimming clinging growing
freshwater and seawater
eating hiding growing
like a white and gray log