I had a proud teacher-moment yesterday. Let me preface by saying, if you don't know this already, I am a big fan of poetry. I think it can be such a great tool to use in the classroom-for comprehension, for vocabulary, for fun! Needless to say we use poetry often.
Yesterday, I decided I wasn't in the mood to do what I had officially planned for our writing lesson :). With the weather the way it was everywhere, I wanted the kids to write poems about snow. We looked at some pictures from the news reports and of me when I lived in Pennsylvania (because these Texan babies have never seen actual snow beyond maybe a few flurries):
Real ice skating! :)
Then I asked them to write their own snow poems. We are working on using the writing process more and I didn't make them revise and rewrite, however we did share them with each other and the students made positive comments about what their classmates wrote "it had good rhythm" or "they used lots of describing words" before they published their work. I was even impressed they all had titles and they were a variety of titles--not just "Snow". So cool! (no pun intended :).
This is what they came up with:
The snow is deep and soft
It is as white as a white horse.
It is nice.
The Snow Falls
The snow falls like a leaf
and the snow feels like fur and snow
is deep for a baby.
When snow falls today and tomorrow it gets deep
deep and deeper
When it falls it feels like meatballs
When it melts you never see it again.
Odd Snow Thing
2 feet snow is like a pool
snowflakes are like falling stars
blizzards are like strong rains
snow is as cold as a freezer.
Show of the Snow
The snow falls like rain it floats
like wind it is cold like the
A Triple Snow Blizzard
When I was in bet something
opened the door and the
snow fell in my room.
The snow is soft and
cozy, a little pillow
a frozen bed.
When I went outside I felt
snow on my nose when I felt
it felt ticklish.
I went outside
it was full of snow
when I layed in it it's
a snow globe and when people look at a snow globe
you wish you was in that snow globe and you feel like you
Snow is what as paper
Snow is as small as a bug
Snow is as fun as school
My house was covered in ice.
One day is was snowing on their block and then
You have to be quiet
They day when the sky turned gray
Then the next day the rain was alone.
The Snow Senses
The snow falls like cotton and white paper
and it feels like I'm sinking in
and it feels like marshmallows
and tastes like cotton candy.