This is Jonah. He is one very special Kindergarten writer. He’s been writing poetry like crazy this year. Last week he asked if we could write a haiku together. Of course my answer was YES! He said this made us “Poetry Bros” and then my heart melted! Here’s our haiku, inspired by our classroom tadpole tank.
why do the tadpoles go there
why do they like it
Whenever we nailed the syllable count in a line, he’d fist pump and say “YESSSSS!” Later on, our class was joking that the dark corner in the tank behind the rock is a hangout, like Starbucks, for tadpoles. There is always a cluster of them there. Why? The class suggested they’d be drinking coffee, eating croissants, and typing on their laptops. Who knew 6-year olds were so observant! This hilarious conversation inspired me to write:
tadpole tablet time
murky screens with games to play
catching fairy shrimp
In May, Jonah teamed up with his First Grade Buddy to write a haiku. Here’s what they came up with. Their inspiration was a picture of a shark.
the shark has sharp teeth
the seagull is getting chased
the shark is scary
Enthusiastic writers like Jonah make it all worthwhile. I wish all of you a Jonah in your teaching life!
Buffy at Buffy’s Blog is graciously hosting this week’s Poetry Friday. Why not join us there and spread some poetry love!