They are poets, and we didn’t even know it!

We learned a new type of poetry last week, limericks.  The 4th graders each wrote some of their own.  Here are a few of their examples.

This Mouse Wears a Blouse!

from Arin N by arinn

I bet you don’t know what a limerick is.  If you do, then that is great!  Well, if you don’t know what a limerick is, just sit back and enjoy listening to what a limerick is.

So, a limerick has five lines.  The first two lines rhyme.  The next two lines rhyme with each other, but they don’t rhyme with the first two lines.  Then, the last line rhymes with the first two lines.

Usually, the first two lines are about nature, people, or animals.  Limericks are supposed to be funny.  The limerick that I wrote is about animals, food, and clothes.   Would you like to hear my limerick?  Well, even if you said “no,” you still are going to read it……

“Once there was a mouse.
The mouse lives in a house.
The mouse had some ham
with some jam,
and POOF!  He was wearing a blouse.”

Click here to see a great post about limericks!

A horse? Of course!

from Rebecca B by rebeccabu

limerick poem rhymes and has 5 lines . Lines 1 2 and 5 rhyme and lines 3 and 4 rhyme.This is my Limerick. Once there was a horse,
Of course, the horse
Ran on a course.
The horse ran so far,
He tripped on a metal bar.
Now the horse is back on the course.

If you wrote a limerick what would it be about?

The Best Poem Yet

from Zachary R by zacharyr

Can you believe it?   We started another poem.  This poem is a limerick poem.  The word limerick comes from the county in Ireland.  They are usually funny poems.  As  you see below it is a limerick post.  I hope you like mine.  If you don’t get it, comment and tell me and I will try my hardest to explain it well.  Have you ever written one?

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Who OR What is Digigogy?

Reflection written by: Jeremy Z and Griff W

This month, our fourth grade class had a skype call with a well known teacher and recent poet, Mike Fisher. This is a great opportunity for us because each of us was given one of his poems to illustrate for an e-book, and we all had questions to ask him like, “Why is the poem O in an O shape?” The answer was that one of his high school teachers gave him the suggestion.

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We learned that he lives in Buffalo, New York, and he is inspired by children. He now writes daily, after starting to  write poems at age five. Currently, he is writing a mystery novel for young adults. Strangely, Mike Fisher (@Fisher 1000 on Twitter) had a habit of biting his nails, and still does, which was the topic of another one of his poems. He will be opening the poem book with the poem called Going In; so the readers will not know WHAT they are going into. The Hair poem he wrote was inspired by a movie which compared static hair to mall hair. He explained that it was like taking off your jacket and your hair goes flying. He was inspired to write the poem about Monsters being in places because he thought there might be monsters under the bed when he was a kid. He is annoyed when signs tell him what not to do so he wrote the poem about Signs. It was quite informative to learn the origins of his poetry. It also helped understanding the meanings so we could illustrate the poems more effectively.

We are all excited to be helping write and illustrate a poem for Mike Fisher’s e-book.  We are looking forward to putting our names in the book, and we are excited to be helping a well known poet write an e-book. Our class knows that this is only the BEGINNING of a long, beneficial, and hopefully profitable, learning experience. You can read more about our Skype call with Mike Fisher on Silvia Tolisano’s blog.

Learning in the Modern Classroom | Langwitches BlogReflection written by: Ayden I

Recently, we did a skype call with the poet Mike Fisher.  We’re illustrating some of his poems and we managed to get him to agree to a skype call.The first person he talked to was Orli because she was the introducer.  Everyone had different jobs.  Evan was our transitioner, so he introduced everybody.(except Orli) Zach M. and Noah were our tweeters. Ayden Eliana, and Ariella were working on notetaking on a Google Doc.  Jagger was the photographer. Jeremy and Griff were bloggers. He answered some of our questions like,  “Why is the O poem in the shape of an O?”  We learned that the reason the O poem is in the shape of an O is because it was a suggestion from one of his high school teachers. Next, we learned some interesting facts about Mr.Fisher,  including he lives in Buffalo, New York which is five minutes away from Niagara Falls.  He also is writing a mystery novel for young adults.  Our whole class learned a few new words including: collaboration, cryptic, and emphatic.  We learned a lot about our poems and Mike Fisher.  Have you ever created a poem?  This is just the beginning.  We have to market!  We have to publish!  We have to find out how much we will make!  All of this is going to be hard, but it’s going to be worth it in the end.

We still have many decisions to make.  

  • What should we name our book?  
  • How should we design the cover?  
  • What would be a reasonable price?  
  • Please respond and give us some feedback.

 

Zoe’s Poem

The butterfly flies high.

Its pink and purple wings soar through the sky.

But soon it will not be able to fly,

It will die.