Rainbow and Equation Poem #PoetryFriday

Happy Poetry Friday, all! Poetess and author Laura Purdie Salas is hosting this week’s gathering on her blog, Writing the World for Kids.  Won’t you join us there?

Equation Poem

Related to her new book, Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations, Laura has a fun, quick writing challenge for us this week: write an equation poem. What fun! She’s even set up a Padlet to collect them. My class’ participation in Global School Play Day 2019 on Wednesday inspired my offering.


On Tuesday morning, the most magnificent rainbow appeared in the sky just as families in cars and buses filled with excited children were making their way to school. Cars pulled over, parents and staff snapped pictures as children squealed with joy. What a way to start another day of learning and growing together!

With this image still vivid in my memory, I scrambled for pen and paper when my students were safely delivered to PE class. I scribbled down words, thoughts, and feelings that came to mind, knowing that there was a poem amongst those faded pastel hues. Later that day, I curled up with a cup of tea and my scribbles. Wondering what more I might add to my ideas, I searched Wonderopolis (a great source for poetic inspiration) for a wonder about rainbows. I found Wonder of the Day #116: Why Do Rainbows Appear? and mined a few more descriptors and facts from the text. After some gentle nudges, a rainbow appeared. 

Rainbow (3)


Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. I hope you’ll join us on this Poetry Friday by posting a bit of poetry — your’s or someone else’s — and leaving a comment here or there. Thank you for hosting, Laura!


19 thoughts on “Rainbow and Equation Poem #PoetryFriday

  1. “…knowing that there was a poem amongst those faded pastel hues.” Writing is truly in the noticing. Thanks for the little peek into your thinking and searching process.

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  2. I love that you scribbled in school. A rainbow is such a beautiful inspiration. Not only have you captured it…but shared it too. How nice! I too scooted over to wonderopolis after seeing a poem about kites.

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  3. It gives me shivers when I hear of a special happening, right time, right place. What a wonder you all witnessed! I do love the picture and what emerges from those “tiny prismic raindrops”, Christie.

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  4. Glorious poem and image Christie, how lucky for all of you to be visited by that spectacular rainbow! I like your equation poem too, and maybe we all need some kindergarten play in our day, regardless of our age, thanks!

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  5. Another Wonderopolis reminder! I have completely neglected that this year, and I am sad to have missed out on so many great wonders with my kinders. Carol V’s Poetry Friday also mentioned it, so I am renewed in my desire to dial into all there is to discover as we open our minds to the Wondering World! Loved your poem too!

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