My 3rd graders are researching animals, and preparing to write about them in a variety of genres. In addition to non-fiction, they will write poetry and personal narratives; they will imagine themselves as animals, and share what they imagine.
Here is my dragonfly poem, which hangs on the wall:
For me, summer began at 2:11 PM today.
School closed two weeks ago.
Summer’s solstice has come and gone.
Days have begun to shorten.
So why today? Because of an annual sign:
As I paddled my kayak upstream,
I spied a flash of iridescent green
Above the tip of my blue boat
Dips, and alights,
Now I see all four:
Glittering narrow webs of black thread,
A thin gray-green stem.
I gaze into her bulbous eyes,
Reflective like sunglasses,
And wonder how I must look
In her 10,000 lenses.
I blink and she is gone,
My harbinger of summer.
I paddle on, smiling.
Summer began today.
I left that world a month ago to return home for the school year. This writing project creates a bridge for me from summer to fall.