Way back when (around March?), we did a unit on Poetry in class. I was VERY hesitant going into this unit because my Poetry knowledge is not very strong... as in, not strong at all. I can find rhyming words and usually figure out a rhyming pattern, but that's about it. I'm terrible at theme and different types of poems, non-rhyming poetry, etc. It turned out to be a really fun unit, though, and for that I was pleased! We used a lot of Shel Silverstein type poems and my kids had a lot of fun with mental images and the goofiness he writes.
For one week of the unit, every day in their journal they had to write a poem. A couple of the days, I gave them a topic, other days they could write about whatever they wanted. Here are some of my favorites about miscellaneous topics:
"I love my mom. She is the best.
Me and my brother tried to make cookies, but we made a mess.
I love my mom so much.
I said, "Can I see the phone?" She said, "Do not touch."
We always go places.
She makes us have smiling faces.
She is sweet.
I love her meat."
Mega points for all the creative rhymes!
My classroom is very big.
I have a lot of students in my class.
My school is very big.
It has a lot of kids in it.
I have a nice teacher.We have a lot of desks in our classroom.
I think this is a case of, "I don't know what to write about, so I'm going to look around the room and write what I see."
A Weird Thing That Happened to Me
On a day that appeared very strange,
I woke up and my mother told me to wear string.
On the bus ride to school,
Everyone said I looked cool.
In school, I accidentally tooted,
So everyone stood up and hooted.
At lunch, I spilled my tray,
And everyone shouted, "Yay!"
At the end of the day,I found out I got an A on my test today.
Spring is fun.
But I don't have enough money to buy a ring.So please just leave.
Ok, I don't understand.
Winter is my favorite season
I can give you 2 reasons.
First, I love the snow.
But, I would really love to watch a funny show.
Second, my birthday is in the winter.
But, I hope I don't get a splinter.I'm not sure she actually knows the meaning or idea of 'But'....
Summer is the best.
It has a nice pool
When I want to stay cool.
I know a person who has a tool
That can fix the pool.
A person jumped in the pool
Which broke the tool
And it got so cruel.
Everyone had to fool him to go home.
I do believe his rhyming pattern is ABBBBBBBC.
And finally, my future rap star:
I go to P***** Elementary School.
But mainly everyone sleeps and drools.
On Monday, we go to Library with Ms. Jones,
Mostly I check out books about bones.
On Tuesday, we go to Art,
But mostly all I hear are farts.
Wednesday, I go to PE,
But basketball is too easy for me.
Thursday is Music,
But when I don't hear Michael Jackson, I lose it.
Friday is PE again,
Now I really hope it will end.