April as National Poetry Month has hit our elementary school. Both my kids have been hard at work composing poems at school. My son’s 2nd grade poetry unit did not requiring rhyming and it was modeled after color poems by Mary O’Neill. Poetry gets more challenging in 5th grade as I discovered in our recent Parent Teacher conference.
The 5th grade Parent Teacher conferences have expanded to include the student. PickyKidPix showed me her poem during our Parent/Teacher/Student conference this past week. She did a beautiful job rhyming and illustrating her poem.
5th grade poems have to rhyme! I did not realize that. The first line gave her a bit of trouble so I wanted to see if anyone could help her out.
5th Grade Poetry Unit with Rhyming Challenge
Lucy the llasket is a __________________.
When you see her you will know why
She had written:
Lucy the llasket is a very distinct animal.
Lucy the llasket is hard to picture.
At the zoo, she’s not a fixture.
or here’s another that popped into my head this morning.
Lucy the llasket is a very distinct creature.
Let me tell you about a few crazy features.
Composing a rhyming poem is tough! Can you help her out? I think she did very well as a 5th grade poet of rhymes.
5th Grade Poetry Unit Stretches Vocabulary
Her teacher wants her to work on expanding her vocabulary and pointed out that the only big word in her poem is “distinct” so I wanted to preserve that word. PickyKidPix thinks that big words are harder to rhyme so one strategy was to put them anywhere in the poem but at the end.
Personally, I love her illustration. Reminds me of the picture book Put Me In the Zoo.
I’m impressed how kids, when assigned, can compose poems that rhyme without the use of a rhyming dictionary which I had to prevail upon. I also like their fearlessness towards poetry. I am starting to think that all kids are natural poets. What do you think?