Poetry Friday: The Poetry Love Edition

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Welcome to Poetry Friday.  I am so glad you’re here.  This week was Valentine’s Day and there was so much love, poetry love in the air.

First off, Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell sent copies of HERE WE GO, the latest  Poetry Friday Power Pack.

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Just this week, our Family Engagement Committee discussed how we can best help our students during the world today.  How can we raise the level of social justice and make them feel safe?  This is the perfect book to help students make some sense of the world.

There are many ways to approach this book; read the thirty-six poems like a story or use the poems as a springboard for writing.  The end of the book is chock full of resources for both students and adult. One the resources, Poetry Performance Tips, will be used with my Poetry Rocks group, grades 1 through 3.

Poetry Rocks worked on some “What If” poems after school today in groups.  We wrote as a quick write after reading Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Blue Bucket and Janet Wong’s response poems by Jenna and Ameera.

What if our teachers were gingerbread
instead of people
What if blueberries could talk
instead  of regular blueberries
What if our bodies could talk
instead  of our mouths talking
What if trees were sweet tarts
instead  of regular trees
What if our homes were gingerbread
instead  of normal homes
Then everything would be weird.

By Nevaeh, Amiah, Lauren
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What if we were ghosts
instead of people
What if we could join our friends on their journey
instead just reading them
What if we could go to a land of magic
instead of going to school
What if school was fun and exciting
instead of being boring
What if our homes were made of gingerbread
instead of wood
Then life would be cooler.

By Haylie, Macy, Ricky, Taylor
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What if I could change the laws
instead of going to school
What if I could eat cookies all day
instead of celery
What if chocolate
instead of tomatoes being food
What if everything was made of chocolate
instead of trees
What if there was no play
instead of school
Then I would be very sad.

By Bentley, Jazzlynn, Taryn, Charlie
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What if I could play on my PS 4
instead of dad saying no
What if school was one hundred miles away
instead of a shortcut to home
What if there dragons
instead of moose
What if you could just float in the world
instead of outer space
What if I lived in Texas without electricity
instead of Washington

By William
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What if I could teleport
instead of walk
What if there was no school
instead of school
What if school had only recess
instead of learning
What if the sea was filled with hot chocolate
instead  of salt water
What if there was no light
instead of light
That would be bad.

By Marcella, Ella, Gabe, Italy
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What if we had no homework
instead of homework
What if babies ruled the world
instead of crawling
What if humans were dogs
instead of humans
What if the world was made out of candy
instead of not being candy
Then that would be weird.

By Angel, Jazlyn, Eliza, Dakota

Next week due to the holiday and conference, we won’t have Poetry Rocks but I have challenged them to write their own “What If”poems. We’ll see what they write.  I wrote my own “What If” poem which is posted at Deowriter.

I am going purchase some copies for our library I have a fourth grade class fired up about social justice. Can’t wait to share. Do you want your own copy? I have five copies to give away.

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MORE POETRY LOVE!!

Congratulations to Laura Shovan for winning the CYBILS Poetry Award.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: Super Bowl Sunday

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Thank you Penny for hosting today at her blog.

Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday?  Are you a Patriots or a Falcons fan or maybe a kitty bowl or puppy bowl fan?

In THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY for CELEBRATIONS, by the fantastic duo, Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, I have just the poem to celebrate this unofficial holiday.image

These girls, now fifth graders, recorded this for me two years ago.

TOUCHDOWN!

Happy Friday!

Happy Poetry.

Celebrate: Digital Sunday Edition

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Combining two meme today. Thanks Ruth Ayres and Margaret Simon for hosting these two important communities.

It’s been a busy week.Our deputy Superintendent called for a meeting with all Library Information and Technology Teachers (LITT) for Friday at 3:15 PM.  He wanted to discuss our future and role with technology in the district.  Some people complained about the timing.  After all it was early release for elementary.

Too bad some chose to miss the optional meeting.  The Dep. Superintendent delivered a presentation about the district.

First he shared this: Internet in Real Time. a new vision and the plan to go 1:1 for student devices Grades 4-12 by the fall of 2017.

The new brand for the district is “LIFT Evergreen: Linking Individuals’ Futures Today.  It is evident that the district is putting much thought into how to be a 21st century district. Do you realize that 16% of the 21st century is in the books?

Our role is changing.  It’s clear the district wants us to be coaches for technology in this new vision. They don’t want us troubleshooting but teaching.  Of course, after reading this article by Fareed Zakaria, I hope the district will remember the importance of the arts and writing.

The Dep. Superintendent and other key stake holders actually listened to our concern about  the laptops used in the library now not available because of state testing.  It’s been frustrating to teach as I am in the middle of several projects and I am lucky if I have a couple laptops for grades 3-5 to teach.  Hopefully this will change next year.  How can we be the leaders in the school and not have the tools to use in class?

The meeting ended at 5PM or shall I say I left but some still lingered.  I walked away celebrating that the next years of teaching will be exciting.

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

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It’s Saturday, time to celebrate at Ruth Ayres Writes.

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Five days of tracking my food.  I try to be mindful of what I eat.  I want to track my food and exercise.  Tracking exercise is easy. Food? Not so much. Been I have been using “My Fitness Pal” app this week and it’s pretty painless.

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This orchid which bloomed. I received the plant two years ago from a school parent.  It bloomed, blooms fell off, and it was ignored.  Two months ago I noticed the blossom shoot.  That’s pretty amazing.  I think it’s even prettier than the first time it bloomed.

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Going to the Northwest Council of Computer Education conference in Portland, Oregon.  So great to be able to attend a conference and be with your peers.  It did make my head spin with possibility.

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The poems that are being written by fifth graders.  The are writing “Deeper Thinking” poems in response to their classroom nonfiction unit.   My two Friday classes were quiet like mice in their work. This idea came from Michelle when she had the Ditty of the Month Challenge in January.  It was based on Joyce Sidman’s poem in Winter Trees.  they will be on postcards and shared at this blog in April.

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One more spring photo:

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What are you celebrating?

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

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Thank you Ruth for offering a place to connect and share celebrations.

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THIS.  I have a poem in it.

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Students are writing poems for their poetry postcards.  I love this time of year when I prepare to send out post cards.

Would you like one?  The information gathered will only be used by me to send you a poetry postcard in April.

Go to this FORM.

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My after-school Poetry Rocks group. They are learning poems to share at a celebration in April for National Poetry Month.

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A successful Cat in the Hat night at my school on March 3 (further back than this week but it has to be mentioned). I love that families come to hear teachers read.  You never know how many there are until they come from the classrooms for cake.  This year 76 families attended.  We have a student population of almost 500.

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Happy birthday, Albert Einstein.  One of my favorite people.  Love this quote by him.

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Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

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I always love that Ruth Ayres Writes provides a place to share about the goodness of the week.

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Letting Go.  I am letting go of my hope for a snowfall and embracing our springlike weather.  We had the warmest February in the history of weather. How can you not celebrate spring with these in the yard?

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Time with Husband

My days are long at school.  I am tired when I get home during the week. So yesterday, it was lovely to have a day with DH and go to lunch at a little ma and pa place, drive out to Estacade, OR to a fabulous second hand store, Mikes.

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Poetry Rocks: Performance Poetry is my after school activity this year.  We are planning to perform at the local Barnes and Noble in April. This will be the kick off to a five day book faire.  I hope it goes well.

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Reading Shel Silverstein out loud.

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Hopefully located a long lost friend.

What are you celebrating?

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

IMG_0626Thank you Ruth Ayres for providing a place to celebrate our week. There has been much goodness in the week.

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The CYBILS Awards have been announced! Head over to see the full list.  But I am so happy to announce that Voices From the March on Washington by J. Patrick Lewis and George Ella Lyon. Here’s the blurb:

Voices from the March on Washington by J. Patrick Lewis and George Ella Lyon takes the reader on a journey to August, 1963, when thousands converged on Washington in a march for civil rights. Through eloquent prose and verse poems that showcase a range of poetic forms and voices, the poets have recreated the individuals, both historical and imagined, who participated in the march and were changed by the experience.

A thoroughly engaging introduction by Lyon, a “Guide to the Voices” at the end, and all the interwoven stories in between combine to give us an authentic and accessible glimpse into the period and this important event — and offer older readers the chance to meet and imagine the widely diverse marchers, their personal backgrounds, and the private hopes that enticed them to join the march.

The immense amount of factual information contained in the poems invites further research, while the themes of civil disobedience, community protest, and racial tension serve as a mirror for current events regardless of where readers live.

The book’s timeliness–and timelessness–is summed up in this short verse, the title of which could easily be rewritten with the date 2015.

For All, 1963

If you contend the noblest end
of all is human rights, amend
the laws: The beauty of the sun
is that it shines on everyone.

Thanks to the judges:Diane MayrRenee LaTulippe, Matt Forrest, Laura Shovan, and Linda Baie.  They worked tirelessly to determine the winner from the Spectacular Seven Finalists.

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Author Day at Silver Star. Author, Deb Lund, spend the day with us on Tuesday:

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Top Readers and Author Lunch:

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Having dinner with Deb Lund and other friends from my writing community.

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This week I leaned on my OLW: OPEN to address a work situation.  I hate conflict and it’s very difficult for me when there is conflict but it was a situation I in which I needed to be open.

What are you celebrating?

Celebrate: Five Star Things About This Week

2015/01/img_0626.jpgThanks to Ruth Ayres Writes for providing a place to share all the goodness in our lives. And we need to celebrate the goodness.

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Middle and youngest Grandgirls were here for last weekend. So good to see them. As you can see they love to put on shows.

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Receiving these New Year postcards from everywhere. I also sent them out to the group who expressed interest in sharing.

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Having lunch with the top readers for November.

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Time for research in the library. Learning that sometimes we need to shift our topics if the materials aren’t available.

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Selecting my One Little Word for this year: OPEN.