Haiku for Poetry Month

Girl On Old Boat In Vietnam

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Summer beckons me

warm breezes, cold water

toes in the Atlantic sea

We wrote haiku poems in class today, and I have to share out a few from the nearly 100 that blaze a colorful patchwork of sticky notes across my bulletin board.

The swishing b-ball

The squeaking of people’s shoes

The cold, hard defense



The trees danced softly

together in the crisp breeze

laughing happily


A fish ate my shoe

then he swam off feeling blue

now I am shoeless


Skateboards, pennyboards

flip tricks and pure speed cruising

skulls and red and blue




Waves dance across the 

blue floor like ballerinas

in the Nutcracker.



Stretch into the splits

air whirling past as I turn

curtsy gracefully



Haikus are trouble

You must count on your fingers

Now my fingers hurt



The willow tree sways

with deep grace and sadness

the makes me love life.



Clouds form in odd shapes

Cats, dogs, hamsters, a bright face

What is up above?



Those furry felines

Twirling tumbling, and playing

They never stop meowing.



The crack of the bat

The smell of grass, sweat, and dirt

The cheers from the crowd.



Sand scatters the beach

Waves crash on the sandy shore

Blue water shimmers



Always Write Never Poems Inspired by Shel Silverstein

photo credit: mysapl.org

     It’s National Poetry Month, which means my students and I are writing poetry together in class. This past week, we wrote Never poems, inspired by Shel Silverstein’s uproarious poem of the same name. We also sketched out concrete poems.

     This coming week, I’m excited to take full advantage of a middle school poetry packet I found on www.oneteachersadventures.blogspot.ca and purchased on www.teacherspayteachers.com (I love this site!) I think we’ll write haiku, Diamante, and found or blackout poems this week.

     What are you doing in your classroom for National Poetry Month? If you’re willing to share your ideas, leave me a link to your website or blog! There are countless teacher resources, including a Dear Poet letter-writing campaign on www.poets.org.  Looks like a fabulous way to engage our students. Check that out here.

     Now, it’s time to celebrate National Poetry Month with a student’s poem. Here’s Rachel’s rendition of Never.


Inspired by Shel Silverstein

By: Rachel P.

I have never escaped a prison cell

Or killed a fly with a gun

I have never thrown a hotel phone

Or reached out far and touched the sun

I have never held a three headed frog

Or worked for a captain as a cook

I have never ridden on a pig

Or cut up an award winning book

I have never held the hand of a mermaid

Or cried tears made of cherry candy

I have never sang to a monkey in a tutu

Or met a spider who says I’ll come in handy

I have never lived a real life version

of a book called Green Eggs and Ham

Or bought a plastic flower vase

filled entirely with jam

I haven’t done most of the things

that I dream to do

But maybe this year I’ll try one . . . or two

Poetry and Popcorn? What do you think?

Tonight, I invite you to meet Popcorn, a sixth-grade poet from the Bronx. Listen to her story. Absorb her handpicked words, every one carefully crafted to express her thoughts and ideas.

After you’ve watched this video, share out what you think about Popcorn and poetry by posting a sticky note on the wall below.

Do beautiful words have to be beautiful? Speak up, let the words that are crammed inside you see the light of day.

Grab a sticky note and post your thoughts!

This is Tuesday night’s homework, but you’re welcome to complete early if that suits your schedule.

In addition, be sure that you’ve signed up for Quizlet. Please use your first name (not a nickname) so I can track your progress. Thanks to David M. for providing directions:

When you click the link, click Google sign up. Then enter in your birthday and your Google email where it says parents email. Your Google email is the locker.lcps.org one. See the previous post for directions. (Thanks David!)

IMPORTANT: If you are one of the 25 students who has not yet completed the 4th Quarter Reading Survey on Google Docs, do so tonight by signing in to Google and visiting this link:


See you tomorrow!

Mrs. Rombach

Discover Your World Through Poetry!

Werre November mood
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Christian via Compfight

Earth Day


I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.
And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here
That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.

Jane Yolen, “Earth Day” from The Three Bears Holiday Rhyme Book. Copyright © 1995 by Jane Yolen. 

Jane Yolen is the author of more than 280 published books (including Owl Moon and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?).

As you can see, she’s also a gifted poet.

This week, you’ll try your hand at writing your own Earth poem.

Before Friday, publish it on your blog–and leave Mrs. Rombach a comment telling her your poem is published. 🙂

Here’s to the poet inside each of us!

Mrs. Rombach