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Poetry by 2nd Grade Boys

I visited some poets in 2nd grade (my son and his classmates) for a parent visiting day and thought they’d be perfect to celebrate  National Poetry Month in April. 

2nd Grade Poetry

The 2nd grade poems composed color poems using What is Black? by Mary O’Neill as their model. The poem was in my son’s notebook and all marked up. I guess he studied it carefully.

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I wasn’t able to find What is Black? online but I did find Mary O’Neill’s What is Red?

What is Red? by Mary O’Neill

Red is sunset

Blazing and bright.

Red is feeling brave

With all your might.

Red is a sunburn

Spot on your nose.

Sometimes red

Is a red, red, rose.

Red squiggles out

When you cut your hand.

Red is a brick

And the sound of a band.

Red is hotness

You get inside

When you’re embarassed

And want to hide.

Fire-cracker, fire-engine

Fire- flicker red–

And you’re angry

Red runs through your head.

Red is an Indian,

A Valentine heart.

The trimmings on

A circus cart.

Red is a lipstick

Red is a shout

Red is a signal

That says “WATCH OUT!”

Red is great big

Rubber ball.

Red is the giantest

Color of all.

Red is a show-off.

No doubt about it.

But can you imagine

Living without it? 

I found her color poems in this book, Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Poetry and Color by Mary Le Duc O’Neill

(click on image to view book at Amazon)

April is National Poetry Month

To celebrate this first day of April, I sharing not pranks but poems. By 2nd grade boys, all buddies of my son. All the parents were invited to class to meet real, live poets and we were thrilled to read their poetry and the poets were also happy to read them to us.

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My son’s favorite color is blue. I did not know that. It used to be green!

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Here he is reading his poem.

 

2nd Grade Poetry

My son’s friend Sam J. was the only person I noticed who spaced out his lines of poetry in his composition, What is White? 

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He reads his poem as well. (Sorry for the background noise. There were a lot of parents in the room. The hand you see covering the lens is my son’s.)

What is Red? Poem by 2nd Grade

My son’s friend Akeale wrote about his favorite color red. How do you think it compares to Mary O’Neill’s red poem? Color can be so personal. Everyone has different images … that’s what makes these color poems so special!

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What is Silver? Poem

I think this silver poem is from our neighbor Mark but I’m not sure. It was a little chaotic in that classroom! :)
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What is Green? A Poem That Starts with a Bang!

Simon B’s What is Green? poem startles the reader with strong imagery and celebrates all facets of the color green!

Now that I know that all 2nd grade boys are gifted poets, I’m going to expect a poem for mother’s day!

p.s. Thank you to reader Ali who’s 3rd grade son composed this lovely color poem:

 

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

26 Comments

  1. I love this poem! And I love red, too – perfect combinatiion :)))
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  2. It was difficult to hear, but I was very surprised by the level of complexity of the poems and the way the boys read them. Poetry is often a difficult topic for young children, This teacher is doing a terrific job of inspiring them to write.

  3. Loved the White Poem! mmm Vanilla ice cream and love polar bears too! the poem really conjured about some delightful visuals. very well done.
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  4. I really like “what is red” so cleaver. These kids did a great job on these peoms.
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  5. What a great way to celebrate April 1st!

    My son’s favorite color used to be green but is now blue, as well.
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  6. Love this! It’s such a great blend of creativity and working from a set idea. Just the right amount of “freedom” and “rules” to make a great project!
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  7. What a lovely post. Mind you I frequently find myself saying this as I read your posts/thoughts! I’m a bit nervous around poetry but this looks marvellous and obviously inspirational for the children too. Your son looks like he enjoyed having his mum there to share it with too.
    I might be inspired to try now. Thanks
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    • Hi Redpeffer,
      Same! I am nervous around poetry as well. I’ll be posting all month for National Poetry Month though to face my fear. I even composed a (potty humor) based Spine Poem. It’s not great poetry but it was fun and I suppose that is the first step in recovery from Fear of Poetry!

      Thanks so much! Your kind words really made my day, especially as Google has been particularly harsh these last few weeks.

      The poetry day where parents were invited to meet a lot of poets was great fun (though loud and chaotic as you might have noticed from the videos). My son happily read his poem several times.

      Please join me in doing a Spine Poem. I think it’s a good first baby step! I’ll be posting mine and how to submit to 100 Scope Notes soon.
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  8. I love Hailstones and Halibut Bones, it’s one of my favorites. What a fantastic way to celebrate color. Red and Yellow are my favorite colors. Hearing them read their poetry is so precious. Thanks so much for sharing this Mia. I’m so happy you captured this treasured moment.
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  9. Ann

    Some talented poets here! I love how poetry comes so naturally for kids! What a great series to use as inspiration. I want to read these to my kids!
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  10. 2nd grade boys writing poetry is enough to make your heart melt. White smells like white paint from a can, indeed.
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  11. twisterfish

    Bravo to all the wonderful poets!

  12. So adorable! I love the videos! Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf.
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  13. The poems are gorgeous Mia :) Love this post. I’ll be featuring your post as part of my Kids Books: Stories, Poems & Activities roundup from the Weekly Kids’ Co-op. Thanks for sharing. xoxo P
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