By:

                                  Mrs. Susan Stein

                             2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am...

       Color Poems

Camera Eyes

5 W's

Prepositional Phrase Poem 

Freedom Poems

 

 

Pretend to be an animal or thing.  Tell what you are in the first and last line.  Think about things you might say about yourself or things that you do for the middle three lines.  Or, choose a feeling, a place, or a person.  Answer questions as if you were that feeling, place, or person.

I am a squirrel

I dress in smooth soft fur!

I need delicious food to keep me from

dying an icy cold death.

My relatives are chittery, fat, fluffy chipmunks!

I vacation to a warm snug home underground.

My job is to survive the furious winters.

I desire crunch brown acorns.

Jenna ~ Grade 5

I am a Patriot 

I want to be independent

I hope we will win

The Revolutionary War.

I think King George III

Will give up.

I will give all of my

Strength to this country

I am a Patriot and an American.

Kayleigh ~ Grade 4

 

I am a guitar

I dress un notes

I need to be retuned

I am related to a cello

I vacation at a concert.

My job is to be heard.

I desire to be played with love.

Lauryn ~ Grade 4

I am a goldfish.

I dress in fancy gills and fantastic colors.

I need water to survive.

I am related to the guppy.

I vacation in a lovely coral reef.

My job is to keep people dazzled in my bright,

beautiful colors.

I desire to feel the warmth from the light while eating.

Laura ~ Grade 4

I am a cookie

I need to be baked.

I smell luscious when you enter my kitchen.

I take a long time to be completed so I

come out crunchy, but tasty.

I am a cookie.

Laura ~ Grade 4

I am the ocean.

I'm seen by the people who come to visit.

I'm covered in blue-green foamy waves.

I'm related to the sparkling sea.

I need more people to keep me company.

My job is to make people happy when

they look out over me.  

Then I know I'm noticed.

McKenzie ~ Grade 5

 

I am paper.

I'm used to tell wonderful, adventurous stories on.

I'm seen by the people who read me.

I'm related to the binder I rest in.

I can vacation in messy desks.

My job is to make people enjoy writing and learning

many different things.

McKenzie ~ Grade 5

    

I am bad luck.

I dress in black 

Like on Friday the 13th 

I need to give people no luck at all or

I will be torn to shreds.

I am related to good luck, but am the opposite.

I vacation under a tall ladder or a broken mirror.

My job is to harass people especially on my

favorite holiday...Friday the 13th.

I desire to be as dark as the night and the

worst luck anyone could ever have.

Jennifer ~ Grade 4

I am a butterfly.

I dress in beautifully colored wings.

I need the nectar of a flower in the spring.

I am related to a dragonfly flying up, up to the tallest tree.

I vacation in spring in a garden full of delicious flowers

with lots of juicy nectar.

My job is to make all the beautiful flowers bloom healthy

in the sparkling, warm, sun.

I desire to flutter away to a world of exquisite tasting nectar.

Jennifer ~ Grade 4

 

I am a Teddy Bear.

I dress in soft fabric.

I need children around to hug me.

I am related to the Care-Bears.

I vacation at Care-Alot.

My job is to look cute and keep children

and adults happy.

I always desire to be loved more.

Andrew ~ Grade 5

 

I am a young, white snowy tiger.

I wear thick black stripes.

I need a big, delicious meal.

I am related to a Siberian tiger.

I vacation in a cold, wide, snowy land.

My job is to hunt down my prey.

I desire to run wild, but free.

Shaina ~ Grade 5

 

I am sadness.

I dress in the darkest blue.

I need unhappiness to always keep me company.

I am related to loneliness.

I vacation in a confined, little room.

My job is to make people cry.

I desire HAPPINESS.

Vincent ~ Grade 4

I am a dragon.

I protect my lair from enemies.

I breathe fire out of my mouth.

I live in a dark and dusty castle underground

in a candle lit lair.

I make my nest out of whatever I can find.

I am a dragon.

Joseph ~Grade 4

I am the United States Flag.

I am dressed in proud, bold colors of red, white, and blue.

I need for people around the world to respect what I stand for

And the people in our country to remain patriotic.

I am related to all flags that stand for freedom.

I vacation on ships, buildings, homes, on people's shirts and in many a heart.

My job is to show courage, and love, for all who have died

To keep me flying high in the name of freedom.

I desire peace throughout the entire world.

~Mrs. Stein

 

 

Color Poems

Fill in each blank with the same color.
Finish each line with your thoughts.
____________ comes from . . . .
____________ hides in . . . .
____________ feels like . . . .
____________ smells like . . . .
____________ works as a . . . .

 You can add other lines which have a verb in them, such as looks like, seems like, tastes like, acts like, sounds like, can, etc., and they can have more than one line with the same verb.  They can even add a lot of description in each line. They can rearrange the lines to suit them, if they'd like.  They can
repeat the color at the start of every line, or use a pronoun in some lines, or all but the first line. Just tell them to let their fantasies loose. If the color were a person, or an animal or a plant or a ... what would you write?      From Susan Nixon~ Poetry Project

Blue

Blue comes from the rain pouring down upon me.

Blue hides in the ocean sparkling as bright as can be!

Blue feels like the cool pond as I put my hand slowly in.

Blue smells like my mom's hot, squishy blueberry pie.

Blue works as a spring, in the forest to give animals

the water of life!

Jenna ~ Grade 5

 

 

White

White comes from a snow storm burying my town in fierce cold.

White hides in the misty bottom of a pounding waterfall.

White feels like the soft clouds I lay on as I dream.

White sells like delicious mashed potatoes.

White works as well as Peter Cottontail saving the carrot garden.

Jenna

 

 

 

Red

Red comes from the cold blood from the dead bodies in a graveyard.

Red hides in the crunchy, autumn leaves.

Red feels like the burning, boiling, hot lava from a volcano.

Red smells like lush apples from an apple tree.

Red works as fireworks on the 4th of July making everyone's day and bringing smiles to the faces of children.

Jenna

 

Orange

Orange comes from the evening sunset.

Orange smells like autumn coming in after the dog days of summer.

Orange can take you anywhere you want.

Orange hides in an amazing, sweet mango.

Orange works as a beautiful butterfly getting nectar from flowers,

and then fluttering around the world as we know it.

Orange is a great color.

Cash ~ Grade 4

 

Blue

Blue comes from the ocean splashing down onto the sandy shore.

Blue hides behind a sun setting past a shimmering ocean.

Blue feels like a beautiful bluebird as it flies past my window as I just wake up.

Blue smells like the first day of spring-airy and clean.

Blue works hard trying to be a bright, sunny day for all to enjoy.

Shaina~ Grade 5

 

 

Red

Red comes from fireworks shooting into the sky on the 4th of July.

Red hides in a young apple tree in the corner of my backyard.

Red feels like a shiny apple on my teacher's desk.

Red smells like a ripen cherry on top of my ice cream sundae.

Red works as an umbrella that keeps me from getting wet

as the rain pours down.

Shaina

 

 

 

 

Blue

Blue comes from the ocean waves crashing down disturbing

a person who is surfing.

Blue hides in a lot of artwork being colored or painted.

Blue feels like water rushing through your fingers.

Blue smells like a blue whale swimming through the water.

Blue works as the sky floating high above.

Blue sounds like the waves on a beach.

Blue is related to all the cool colors like dark green.

Blue is able to douse a wild fire eating a house.

Blue is the color of sadness.

Vincent ~ Grade 4

 

 

Red

Red comes from a burning fire popping out of a bubbling pot.

Red hides in a crab that is in a raging fight.

Red feels like blood furiously coming out of a newly made cut.

Red smells like a beautiful rose pricking people with its thorns.

Red tastes like a hot chili pepper,

 burning the tongue to a crisp of all who dare try it.

Red works as a rainbow always shining on people 

making them happy on a dull day.

Jennifer ~ Grade 4

Lavender

Lavender comes from the glittery sky

while the sun sets.

Lavender hides in the corner of a flower.

Lavender feels like a blanket resting softly upon me.

Lavender smells like the creamy frosting on my birthday

cake.

Lavender works as hard as any other color.

McKenzi ~ Grade 5

 

 

Red

Red comes from the apple in the fruit bowl on my counter.

Red hides in the brace and powerful flay flapping in the sky.

Red feels like the shell on a small lady bug.

Red smells like the beautiful tulip growing on the 

bright green grass outside my door.

Red works as hope for all the soldiers involved in the Iraqi war.

McKenzi

 

 

Pink

Pink comes from the meadow as it sleeps through the night.

Pink hides in the flowers as deer frolic though.

Pink feels as lively as friends as they play.

Pink smells like a pig that rolled in the mud.

Pink works as a ballroom dress as it sways with every step.

Laura ~ Grade 4

Green

Green comes from a croaking frog in a pond.

Green hides in the grass as a grasshopper hops 

through the night.

Green sounds like grass growing silently,

off in a meadow.

Green smells like freshly cut grass that a farmer

just cut in a field.

Green sits on a rock with moss, as slippery as a

seal as it dives into the sea.

Laura

Brown

Brown comes from the dead leaves falling from the 

autumn trees.

Brown hides in a bear's fur.

Brown smells like a piece of yummy chocolate.

Brown works as many, many pennies, so I can buy food

for my hungry family.

Kayleigh ~ Grade 4

 

 

White

White comes from the sparkling snow that

crunches when you step into it.

White runs to his cousin, gray,

because black was making fun of him.

White smells like a vanilla shake.

White feels like a paper cut from smooth-white paper.

Kayleigh

Orange

Orange comes from the horn upon a unicorn's head.

Orange hides in a beehive of sweet honey.

Orange feels like the sponge my mom uses to wash 

the dishes with.

Orange smells like fire, burning with flames.

Orange works as the sun rising from the east.

Taylor ~ Grade 4

 

 

Blue

Blue comes from the ocean where the playful dolphins swim.

Blue hides in the sky while night comes and takes over.

Blue feels like sliding through slip and slide

when you jump and start to slide.

Blue smells like a blooming flower as the bud begins to bloom.

Blue works as the deep dark sea

where all the secrets are.

Blue smells like the freshness of a bud beginning

 to bloom into a flower.

Taylor

 

 

Freedom Poems

Freedom is all you could want.

Freedom is dressed in a flag that's 

red, white, and blue.

Freedom is needed in many countries like Iraq.

Freedom is related to flags in many countries 

around the world.

Freedom takes a vacation where countries need help.

Freedom's job is to let people be free to express their feelings.

Freedom's desires are to free all madness of the world.

Jennifer ~ Grade 4

 

 

 

Camera Eyes

Think of seeing something through the camera lens.  When it's just perfect, you snap the photo and keep that picture in your album forever.  Write about something you want to keep in your memory for all time in the same way.

A clear, swift waterfall

Pounds the innocent water below.

A rainbow streaks across the sky

Showing its magnificent colors.

Birds gliding toward the

misty, dark path.

Erik ~ Grade 5

The warm moist air is suffocating 

the delicate flower.

Suddenly a breeze rolls in.

Parakeets swiftly move across

 the bright blue sky.

A tiger drops down in a fast bolt

trying to pounce on its prey.

A briskly moving storm rumbles through 

the warm moist air.

While a rain shower pours down upon the 

helpless flower, bringing it to a slow death.

The rainforest is full of fantastic miracles 

just waiting to happen.

Jenna ~ Grade 5

 

On a beach a crab waits

for a meal of delicious shrimp.

The sun beats down hard,

So the crab slowly moves

 into a freshly made sandcastle.

The tide begins to rise

Making the crab move swiftly

back into the water.

Then disappearing 

into the blue-green sea.

Laura ~ Grade 4

 

 

A vulture

Spying its prey in the distance

The fog blinding him

Yet, he swoops down

Snaps up a squirrel

Bringing the food of life

Back to its nest.

Joseph ~Grade 4

 

 

 

I see the dimming sun 

Getting ready to lay down and go to sleep.

The stars begin to get brighter and brighter.

People are walking barefoot 

As the tide grows on top of the sand.

Sunset at the beach is beautiful!

McKenzi ~ Grade 5

 

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A palm tree sways side to side

As the foamy waves splash upon the shore.

A light brown coconut falls and lands

in the soft clay-colored sand.

As the water recedes back into the ocean

I see little crabs escaping from out of the foamy sea.

The moon peeks over the ocean

And I flash my camera.

Shaina  ~ Grade 5

 

 

A red hot

Boiling oasis of fire

An awakened neighborhood

of volcanoes.

Streaming waterfalls of magma.

The hot air 

Embracing the mist

And...

The camera fogs up.

Andrew ~ Grade 5

Quiet and solemn

Walking into a whispering

dark forest

Of ghostly figures.

Animals moaning

Driving into a great ball of fog.

Waking up seeing blurry

grayness.

Looking at gray smoke

Rising from the fields.

Gettysburg, at night

Can be scary.

Kayleigh ~ Grade 4

 

 

Twenty acres of bare land.

One big tree with 

hundreds of leaves,

Wind pushing brown dirt

off the ground.

Okalahoma can be very hot!

Lauryn ~ Grade 4

 

5 W's

It is 5 lines long. Each line is one of the 5 W's. (who, what, where, when, why)   What a great way for students to see the parallels between storytelling and poetry!  It might be fun to expand the poems, another time, into a full memory or story.

5 W Poems

They each have 5 lines and answer the 5W questions:
Who (or what) is the poem about?
What is the main character doing?
When did the action take place?
Where did the action take place?
Why did the action take place? 

 

Soft, whispering wind

Blowing the dark orange leaves

In the early part of the yawning morning

Toward the front of my house

It is time for Autumn

Kayleigh ~ Grade 4

 

                                                                                                     

 

The fierce turquoise waterfalls

Pounding the rocks below

In the misty air towards the bottom

In the young of the evening

Nature in all its beauty.

Jenna ~ Grade 5

 

 

A quivering young polar bear

Hiding from a furious snow wolf

In the freezing cold ice caps of Antarctica

At the purple and pink spectacular sunset

Nature taking its course.

Jenna

 

My pony, CC

Was galloping along

At Laurel Crown Farms

When I was playing with him

Just so we could have fun together.

Laura ~ Grade 4

 

 

 

Wonderful spring!

The smell of flowers in the wind

On a sunny day

In the morning

Spring is in the air!
Lauryn ~ Grade 4

 

 

 

A young, orange and black tiger

Pouncing on his younger brother

In the middle of a huge beautiful rain forest

As the light from the sun starts to fade away

To have a little bit of fun.

Shaina ~ Grade 5

 

 

 

A young, tall giraffe

Trying to reach high on a tree

In a wide, grassy land called Africa

As the morning sun peeks over

Wanting to be just like her mother.

Shaina

 

 

A brown furry monkey

Trying to reach a big yellow ripe banana

In the moist jungle

In the late summer's day.

He's starving!

 McKenzi ~ Grade 5

 

A large great white shark

Is swimming in a circle again and again

In the ocean

At night

Since he was chasing a midnight snack!

Vincent ~ Grade 4 

 

 

A rushing waterfall

Dragging people in a canoe

Down the ragging river so they go...splat!

In Puerto Rico in a wet, green rainforest

In late evening when the shiny moon shines

To view it's beauty.

Jennifer ~ Grade 4

 

 

Prepositional Phrase Poem uses 7 lines.  Each begins with a preposition, and the 8th line is the destination, which also begins with a preposition.  This is a great way to assess a lesson you've taught on prepositions!   Challenge them to think of some unusual sentences, places one might not usually go.  Challenge them to include descriptive words.  I know my poem got better when I thought about descriptions!

If you are teaching younger children, brainstorm with them some words which indicate place or position.  Let them know those words are the only ones that can be used for the first word of a line.   Have them imagine a trip.  If you think 7 lines is too long for them, then shorten it. )


 

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