I found it in the vernal pool! #SOLC18 #PoetryFriday

Time for one final Slice of Life and Poetry Friday mashup for 2018! This post also serves as a bit of a warmup for National Poetry Month, which launches on Sunday. The annual month-long Slice of Life writing challenge is organized by Two Writing Teachers. And this week, Heidi Mordhurst is hosting Poetry Friday over at My Juicy Little Universe. I hope you’ll stop by there as well and learn about this year’s Progressive Poem, lovingly begun in 2012 by Irene Latham. It will magically be growing right before our eyes daily during the month of April. It’s fascinating and this year I’m diving in for the first time with a line right in the middle of the month — April 18th. Stay tuned and check in on Sunday to see how Elizabeth Steinglass kicks things off.

First up, a poem found in the text of an article about vernal pools in Mass Audubon’s spring issue of “Explore.” Vernal pools are very much on my mind today as it is 50 degrees early in the morning and raining just west of Boston. These are ideal conditions for amphibians to breed in local vernal pools. As some of you know, because I write about it frequently (sorry!), our science curriculum in Kindergarten in my district focuses on several natural communities abutting our school property — the vernal pool community and the organic farm community, with its farm stand and chicken coop. We begin teaching our Kindergarten scientists about the vernal pool community on the first day of school, but at that point, most of its inhabitants have moved on. In fact, the vernal pool is often no longer there when we take the first of our monthly walks. We patiently wait throughout the long New England winter for things to change, and they finally have. This magical forest community is coming to life once again.

Vernal Pools
Waiting for spring
Spectacular, natural
Vernal pool season
Symphony of calls
Temporary, isolated
Spring rain
Woodland hollows, low meadows
Breeding habitat
Warming spring days
First soaking rain
Big Night
Chorus of wood frogs quacking
Tiny fairy shrimp eggs survive
Spotted salamanders congress
Spring peepers sharp, peeping calls

You can read the original text here. And to listen to a majestic chorus of wood frogs, click here.

And my second offering for the day is an acrostic tribute to the Slice of Life Challenge, which sadly wraps up tomorrow with our final posts. It’s tough going at times, but I wouldn’t give up participating in this community for anything.

Slice of Life Acrostic

To learn more about acrostic poems, and perhaps share with your students during National Poetry Month, check out Wonderopolis’ “Wonder of the Day” #169: What Is an Acrostic Poem?


If you want to take a peek at the Padlet of writing ideas I’ve created, I’m happy to share. It grows every day.



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16 thoughts on “I found it in the vernal pool! #SOLC18 #PoetryFriday

  1. There is so much to your post today and glad I have the time today to enjoy them all! Your two poems, your description of your science curriculum tied to local treasures (jealous) your fresh orange acrostic slice and your padlet of ideas collected! Wow, wow, wow! Thank you for inspiring me


  2. I agree–this challenge can be tough at times, but it is incredibly meaningful to take the time to dig deep into myself and get words on the screen. I will check out this poetry link. You connect Slice of Life nicely to April, poetry month.


  3. Christie, that writing ideas padlet is SUCH an amazing spot of inspiration! Thank you! And you should write a book about vernal pools… your passion is showing, and that’s the #1 ingredient for a book, methinks. xo


    1. Such kind words, Irene. Many thanks. I’ve pondered writing the vernal pool book I want and need and doesn’t exist — a vernal pool critter version of Amy’s “Every Day Birds,” is what I’m thinking. Not sure how to get started. Will have to ponder that some more. Thanks for stoking my fire. xx


  4. I heard the peepers on Wednesday and their song filled my heart with joy! Your poems are both wonderful, although your SOL acrostic makes me feel guilty that I didn’t persevere this year and post every day. Next year!

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    1. Thanks, Catherine, and aren’t the peepers wonderful. We’ve got a chorus of them, wood frogs, and a few others I don’t know happening right now! After having done the Feb poem challenge, daily slicing was very challenging. I’m going to be good to myself in April and just to Tuesdays and Fridays.

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  5. Even though all your writing can stand on it’s own, I love the visuals you create to go along with your pieces, your poems and your short blog posts. Do you mind if I ask where you get most of your images? I have used canva in the past.


    1. Thank you so much for lovely comments. I use as many of my own photos as I can. Canva has had a few I needed and then I sometimes do a Google image search. Both of today’s offerings were created in Canva. The vernal pool photo is mine and the orange slice is a stock photo.

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  6. What a great slice, Christine. One of my favorite sounds is the first call of the spring peepers. Nothing says spring like that riotous evening chorus. It’s fabulous! I love that you investigate vernal pools with your students and imagine they are so excited to see the emerging pools. Both poems are wonderful and I really like how you used the Slice logo as a backdrop in your acrostic.


  7. I love both of your poems, Christie. When I read your post, I couldn’t help but think of Joyce Sidman’s book “Song of the Water Boatman” — one of my favorites! If you aren’t familiar, she shares a poem and a paragraph or two about various pond animals / life.


  8. I looooooooove that you write about your students lots and lots. It’s one of the reasons I make repeated visits. I agree with Irene. Your passion is showing and perhaps a book is in order! What a lovely, lovely poem you found. All those sumptuous “S” sounds in there make it fun to read aloud. Congratulations for slicing every day! I’m proud of you. I learn from you. Keep going, kiddo!


  9. How thrilling to see the vernal pool come to life in the spring. The ones around here are filled with spring peepers and other critters who raise a deafening chorus. It’s one of my favorite sounds of spring!


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