Friday, October 30, 2015

Poetry Friday -- Wild Wows


This Wednesday was the perfect day for Environmental Club to stay indoors, look through our observation notebooks, write poetry, and paint with watercolors. Outside, the wind blew, dark clouds moved so quickly across the sky that at one point we could see both a downpour and bright sun out the window. 

After snack, I gave a quick demonstration lesson on using words and phrases from my notebook to write haiku

spiderwebs glisten
between green and yellow leaves
sun warms my shoulders

and Fifteen Words or Less poems

The back
of the milkweed leaf
is as soft
as velvet.

Here are a few of the students' creations (made in 45 minutes, please excuse the lack of editing):








Jone has the Poetry Friday roundup today at Check it Out


19 comments:

  1. I love these works of art. I like the idea of taking the paints outside to work "en plein air." I have you as the round up host this week. Here's my link. https://reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/fabulous-fibs/
    Let me know if you figure it out. Thanks.

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  2. These are wow, indeed! There's no apology needed for lack of editing. Taking art and words and feeling and in 45 minutes creating these is amazing. They feel as free and unedited as the wild world. Love these!

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  3. Wild wows indeed. May I please be in your club? Actually, I feel like I am in your club...but I wish it could be in person more often. Gratitude to your young poets for starting my morning in such a celebratory way. xo

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  4. These are lovely, Mary Lee - like Amy, I'd like to be a member of this club, too. :)

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  5. Oh, I love these! The art and the words.. beautiful, beautiful. Weather will never cease to be an inspiration, will it? xo

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  6. All of the sounds in daggers/pattern/scatter -- your student has a great ear! "Marigold meetings" also made me smile. I can picture the flowers nodding to each other, saying hello.

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  7. Hmmm. I had you as hosting today... guess I'll have to "Check It Out" shortly.
    At any rate, these are absolutely wonderful! They have such a lively, real feeling to them that can be missing in children's poetry when they are "trying" to be poetic. The watercolors add a nice "fullness" to the creations.

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  8. I like how they are playing with words and really using all their senses! I can feel that wind. The pictures are great, too.

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  9. Fun to see these. I especially like the last one with all the alliteration. :)

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  10. I love the art! A perfect combination! Like Jama, the last one is my favorite! I want to show it to our fourth graders today.

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  11. I give a great big "wild wow" to all of these shared poems! I especially love the atmosphere of "The dark sky" and also the little birds scattering in the "wind sharp like daggers."

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  12. Mary Lee, this is a great celebration of life, learning, and nature as exhibited in your poems and the children's. Would you consider offering your spiderwebs' poem with a picture and Student #2's work for Autumn's Palette Gallery? I am trying to get more student voice inside the gallery. Love this first thought work that you involved your students in.

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  13. Your club's poems are terrific! I especially like the wind sharp like daggers--that's just how it felt yesterday when I walked with my dog.

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  14. Terrific, everyone, and I do like the illustrations that go so well with the poems. "Wild Wows" for sure! Happy Halloween!

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  15. "Caterpillar chaos" Magnifique!

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  16. Love these poems, Mary Lee. I especially like the "dark skies" - words and watercolor painting. =)

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  17. Oh, I would frame some of these and hang them on my walls, if I could. "Dark skies" has that haunting repetition, and the Wild Wow poem is so exuberant! Thanks for sharing them, Mary Lee.

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  18. These are great, Mary Lee! The wind was "sharp like daggers" here on Wednesday, too. I was with your club in spirit, composing haiku in my head as I drove home.

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