Juniors April 18 – Intro to poetry or Anybody want a peanut?

Here is your checklist for this week! Enjoy!

EllieSpiritual Thought
TalmagePledge and Joke of the Day
EmmaShow and Tell
AnyaKnowledge Share
FieldingLead Map Song
MillieWord of the Day
JanieTreasurer and Snack

Watch the following video clip. What do you know about rhyming?

You probably already know this but let’s talk about what it means to rhyme. Rhyming is using words that end with the same or similar sounds. A perfect rhyme involves two words whose ending sounds are identical – “cat” and “mat,” for example.

This week, it is your turn to have fun with rhyming! Start off like Inigo and Fezzik in the video you just watched. When someone asks you a question, try rhyming your answer. For example, if your mom asks you to “clean your room,” you might ask, “where is the vacuum?” or, “shall I use a broom?” If your friend asks if you can play, you might reply that “I’ve wanted to all day!”

Watch the following video to understand more. (This is made by the poet who wrote “Today We Had Some Weather,” the poem we have been memorizing.)

Before trying to come up with your own poem, let’s try rewriting one you already know! Read this post to learn how. Then, choose a nursery rhyme to rewrite.

Let’s learn about a specific type of rhyming poem: a limerick. Watch the following video to find out what specific elements a limerick contains. Write 3 (or more!) of your own limericks and bring your favorite to share with the class.

To review the video:

The Structure of a Limerick

Before we write a Limerick, let’s break down its structure:

  • Limericks are five-line poems.
  • The first, second, and fifth lines rhyme.
  • The third and fourth lines rhyme.
  • The first line usually introduces a person or place.
  • The middle of the poem sets up a silly story.
  • The end usually has a punchline or surprise twist.

Now that you’ve had some practice, try your hand at creating your own rhyming poem. This could be about anything! Your family, favorite sport, dream vacation, a retelling of a Redwall battle, the sky is the limit! If you need ideas, try another brainstorming page. Choose your own format and length.

Not all poems rhyme. An acrostic poem usually doesn’t rhyme (although it could!). Watch this video to get started. Afterwards, create your own brainstorming page, as described in the video. Select one (or more) idea and create an acrostic poem. (You might remember this idea from one of Sister Pulley’s Project Life posts.)

Here’s an additional optional video if you want more examples of acrostic poems. I am not wild about his poem titled “Homework” – I think it is sad that he doesn’t reflect happily on the prospect of reading and learning feels like a chore but I really like his Ice Cream poem!

You could skip the video and just use this part (taken from the video) for reference:

Creating an Acrostic in Five Easy Steps

To create an acrostic, follow these five easy steps:

  1. Decide what to write about.
  2. Write your word down vertically.
  3. Brainstorm words or phrases that describe your idea.
  4. Place your brainstormed words or phrases on the lines that begin with the same letters.
  5. Fill in the rest of the lines to create a poem.

Finally, memorize the last stanza to our weather poem.

Today We Had Some Weather

Today we had some weather
like I’ve never seen before,
so I pulled on my galoshes
and I headed out the door.

It sprinkled, first so lightly,
it could easily be mist.
A tornado then came dancing by,
it swung and did the twist.

The fogbanks opened up their vaults
and let out all their fogs,
and the dog pound took a pounding;
it was raining cats and dogs.

It started raining buckets,
then the rain came down in sheets.
I had never seen so many
sheets and buckets in the streets.

I’d planned to watch the weather
and, though gallantly I tried,
when it started hailing taxis
I gave up and went inside.
— Kenn Nesbitt

Finish reading Redwall! We’re looking forward to a fun book activity hosted by Anya!

Finish compiling any yearbook pages that you are responsible for and submit them.

Here is a link to the list of the pages you signed up for.

Here is the link to the drive to submit finished pages to. Submit in pdf format, please.

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