Friday, January 19, 2018

cybils poetry finalists

This year I'm serving again as a final-round judge for the Cybils Poetry Award, which you can read all about by clicking the link.  In this arduous but pleasant task I'm joined by four other children's and young adult literature bloggers whom you should get to know, if you don't know them already!  They are:

Joy Acey at Poetry for Kids Joy
Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
Kate Hillyer at Kid Book List
Buffy Silverman at Buffy's Blog

The nominated books this year range widely from humorous to historical, from parody to honorifics, from collections for the youngest to a Greek myth versified for the YA set. And here (drum roll, please) are the seven contenders this year:

David Elliott
ISBN: 9780544610606

Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers' Market
Michelle Schaub
ISBN: 9781580895477

I'm Just No Good at Rhyming:
And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups
Chris Harris
ISBN: 9780316266574

Keep a Pocket in Your Poem: Classic Poems and Playful Parodies
J. Patrick Lewis
ISBN: 9781590789216


Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote
Margarita Engle
ISBN: 9781561458561

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
Nikki Grimes
ISBN: 9781619635548

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Kwame Alexander   
ISBN: 9780763680947

What a treat, to have to dig deeply into these seven books over the next month!  The winner will be announced, by tradition, on Valentine's Day, lending a new poetic flavor to the celebration of LOVE!

Our round-up today is  at A Journey Through the Pages with Kay (aka Ms. McGriff). Mail yourself over to join the panoply of postcards!

Friday, January 12, 2018

writing from research: 2nd grade poems

As last year, one of our big projects in 2nd grade is researching and writing informatively about "special places," which I link with our geography objectives by narrowing (or broadening!) to habitats or ecosystems.  This year our information brochures covered forests, both temperate and rain, grasslands and coral reefs.  To close our project, we read selections from Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, Rejoice! by Mendon Center Elementary 3rd Grade and Water Sings Blue by Kate Coombs to inform and inspire our habitat poems.

As always, I know that our Poetry Friday and Writing Workshop have been effective when just about all my 7- or 8-year-olds can strike out on their own poetry paths, making empowered decisions about what and how to express their learning in poetic form.  Enjoy--there's more to come!

Animals in the Trees
by Max R.

deer hide
between the trees
porcupines claw
and climb the trees
wolves run far
through the trees

                       Rainforest is Sea
                               by Caleb BA

                       Amazon rain forest
                       big big rainforest
                       is an ocean of trees
                       flowers are corals bees
                       are polyps jaguars are
                       sharks swimming
                       in the sea

The Tree Men
      by Xavier AB.
by Xavier

the trees are tall
like a man is inside
the tree   the trees
are green as the
grass         and the
yellow    light green
dark green
in the tropical rain forest

Animal Cultures
by Eric E.

Jaguars with spots,

lurking for prey,

snakes with patterns,
slithering around the tree tops,
toucans with sharp beaks,
spying with their bright blue
or green eyes on other

   by Elena F.

Anacondas slither through
the Amazon River
just looking for
       food and

    when they find

  their prey they
  squeeze their
prey and swallow
            it whole

Pretty Polyps!
   by Kathy AG.

In coral reefs polyps
are soft and small and amazing animals.
They pile up together to
look like a beautiful plant.

Rainforest Animals
      by Henry D

Sloths are sleeping
monkeys are swinging
jaguars are pouncing
for prey    mouse opossums are
being hunted by tree
boas     they try to get away
from the wide
deep jaws

Sharp Animals
by Ines W.

In the forest, porcupines have
sharp quills showing
In the forest, woodpeckers have
sharp beaks pecking bugs
They poke predators.

   by Tyler P.
Jaguars are lurking for their prey.
The Amazon River is in their way.
The jaguar turns and runs away
from their prey.

Eels Electric
      by Arya J.

Eels  long black eels
like a long skinny rope
with electricity it will shock
anyone with its long
sharp electric strong
teeth to swallow prey.
Sharks’ Teeth
      by Arya J.

Sharks   big teeth
short tail   catches
prey with its big
sharp teeth
Watch out!!!!!!!

Bats Eat Fruits
   by Sophia ZD

bats eat
bats eat
 poop out          seeds
            poop out
 seeds         grow more
    plants for others.

Wow, right?

The Poetry Friday round-up today is with Jan at bookseedstudio, where she and Martin Luther King Jr. remind us that like "each log or tree has a difference," each of us has a difference that sounds in our various voices.  Go hear!