Almost There #PoetryFriday

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For fellow SOL Slicers, this poem might look familiar. It was my slice from this week — 2.0. It actually started out just as a list of things done and yet-to-be done, but somehow morphed into a poem about the last day or two of school. Since Tuesday, I’ve had a chance to mess around with it a bit and use a little Canva watermelon background magic. As Lucy Calkins says in the TCRWP Writing Units of Study, “When you think you’re done, you’ve just begun.” Happy summer!

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Heidi at My Juice Little Universe is graciously hosting this week’s Poetry Friday. Why not join us there and spread some poetry love!

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Almost There #SOL

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Almost There

Reports complete

Markers beat

Books returned

Marbles earned

Bags prepped

Promises kept

Pencils bitten

Notes written

Technology unplugged

Children hugged

Bulletin boards bare

Almost there

Christie Wyman, 2017

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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 each Tuesday. Won’t you join us?

Hummingbird #PoetryFriday

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One of the greatest gifts a garden can give is a tubular terminal for hummingbirds to collect nectar from. Right now my small front yard garden is coming to late-spring life with a sea of pale pink campanula, so we are hoping for the return of the mysterious hummingbirds.

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Our nectar feeder has been filled with homemade sweet syrupy sap for them to savor for two months now, yet we’ve just seen three thus far. Here’s hoping that Mother Nature’s contribution will help entice them. We have the perfect spot to sit, wait, and watch from our farmer’s porch.

In honor of this tiny magical creature, I crafted a found poem from the words of John James Audubon about this rarely seen bird.

Hummingbird Poem

Created with Canva.

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Carol at Carol’s Corner is graciously hosting this week’s Poetry Friday. Why not join us there and spread some poetry love!

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Five Green and Speckled Frogs #SOL

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“Do we really have to take them back?” my students cried last Thursday morning. “Yes, I’m afraid we do,” I said reluctantly. I get just as attached to our fledgling Wood Frogs and tadpoles every year as my Kindergarteners. Later that afternoon we began our journey next door to the town conservation land trail that leads to the vernal pool to return three fully developed frogs and two in the process of reabsorbing their tails.

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Two and a half months ago, the conservation biologist whom we work closely with collected wood frog spawn from our vernal pool for seven Kindergarten classrooms in our district to head start. We each received approximately 20-30 tadpoles to raise until the end of the school year, giving them a better shot at survival. With just six school days left in the year, it’s almost time to take them all back to their natural home no matter what metamorphic stage they are in.

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But our journey on Thursday was just about our tiny new frogs. When we arrived at the vernal pool, one student suggested we recite our Vernal Pool, Vernal Pool. What Do You See? play, which I wrote for our annual Kindergarten Eric Carle celebration last week. (Think Brown Bear, Brown Bear, but with vernal pool and woodland creatures that make their home in the woods next to our school!) He thought all the animals might enjoy it. We formed a semi-circle around the banks of the vernal pool and begin reciting the play. (Click here to watch a video.)  A few lines in, a boy noticed a large Green Frog camouflaged in mud sitting on a piece of wood in the pool. He appeared to be listening intently! When he was still sitting there at the end of the play, the class burst into a rousing rendition of “Five Green and Speckled Frogs.” (Click here to watch a video.)

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And with that, I gently placed our very own “five green and speckled frogs” back into their watery home where they each hopped or swam away to (hopefully) live happily ever after.

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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 each Tuesday. Won’t you join us?

Heavy Heart #Poetry Friday

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I have a very heavy heart this week. You see a raccoon family have made a home under our shed this spring. We’ve lived in our house for about 15 years, and have never had this happen before. We’ve seen the mom and dad brazenly roaming the yard and neighborhood for weeks in the late afternoons/evening. They don’t appear to be afraid of us, which has made everyone quite nervous.

The mom had a litter of three kits, we believe, as they made their first appearance in our backyard on Wednesday evening. I discovered them after there was quite a loud ruckus outside and then the overwhelming scent of skunks. I learned later a group of skunks was roaming from yard to yard and they must have sprayed these poor kits.

In the morning, I went to pull out of my driveway and felt, as well as heard, my car hitting something. I closed my eyes and begged for it to not be so.  Alas, it was as I had feared. One of the babies had been underneath my car, perhaps seeking shelter for the night, and didn’t scramble away as I beeped my car when unlocking it and starting the engine. It’s sweet masked face will haunt me for days to come. My dear friend, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, has felt the pain and sadness of the loss of an innocent animal’s sweet life, so I have shared her Baby Raccoon poem with you this week.

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Mary Lee at A Year of Reading is graciously hosting this week’s Poetry Friday. Why not join us there and spread some poetry love!

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Summer Reading #SOL

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Summer

So close

I can feel it

Books piling up

Waiting to be read

Stories to be told

Tears to be shed

Lessons to be learned

Lives to be explored

Calling to me

Still so much to do

So little time

Focus

Hard to do when books are calling you

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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 each Tuesday. Won’t you join us?

My Poetry Bro #PoetryFriday

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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.

mystery corner

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

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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!

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Buffy at Buffy’s Blog is graciously hosting this week’s Poetry Friday. Why not join us there and spread some poetry love!

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