Dog Ear #SOL20

A dog ear! (2)Fun fact: Did you know that the term “dog ears” (for a book’s page corner to be folded over) dates back to at least 1799? Click here to learn more!

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Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday and every day in March. Won’t you join us? My #OLW for 2020 is CREATE. I’m looking forward to nudging myself to create new and different things this year. How about you?

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Snowflake Crystals #PoetryFriday

Happy Poetry Friday, all! Catherine Flynn is our hostess this week and you can find all the poetry joy on her blog, Reading to the Core. Join us! Catherine wrote lovely haiku during December’s #haikuforhope. I am so glad she is sharing some of them for her post today, as I had missed a few along the way. Hope you are feeling better soon, Catherine!

My offering drifted down from the sky in a brief snow squall earlier this week.

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We’ve been doing a bit of word collecting in my classroom this week, so I gathered up all the words that came to mind when snowflakes begin to tumble.

Many thanks for hosting this week, Catherine. Now let’s bring on the poetry!

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The Vortex #SOL20

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I look up from my work and there you are

Still

So many choices at the end of the day

Yet you choose to stay

To create

To explore

To write

You are only six

Have you already discovered Louisa May’s vortex?

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Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday and every day in March. Won’t you join us? My #OLW for 2020 is CREATE. I’m looking forward to nudging myself to create new and different things this year. How about you?

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The Visit #PoetryFriday

It’s Poetry Friday and Sally Murphy is our hostess this week on her blog. I hope to see you there! Sally has exciting news about her new novel in verse — Worse Things — and another project she is working on with fellow Aussie poet, Kat Apel. It sounds like 2020 is off to a great start for you, Sally. Congratulations! On a more serious note, I know the Poetry Friday family has been thinking of Sally and Kat during this terribly difficult and challenging time down under. Here’s hoping the rains come soon before more damage is done and lives of humans and so many critters (estimated at over 1 billion now) lost.

My offering to the roundup this week is an octave for my students inspired by a recent visitor to our school campus. His or her visit was captured on the wildlife camera outside one of my classroom windows. We have it focused on the area that includes our class bird feeder station. My Kindergarten scientists and I have fun watching the birds and squirrels that visit during the day, but we’ve always wondered who might come a calling after dark. Now we know!

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The text (with a dash of rhyme, which I never do!) features just a few of the questions and comments my curious students had about the coyote’s (and deer, fox, opossum, and rabbit!) appearance. Want to see more? Just click here!

Many thanks for hosting this week, Sally. Now let’s bring on the poetry!

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