September Poem of the Month: Ode to a School Supply

Now that back to school season is in full swing (or even wrapping up in some cases), it’s time for the first installment of my poems of the month to use with kiddos in the classroom.  (By the way – a little late, but if you want to start poems of the month in August I always had kids write acrostic poems using their names for August.  They are simple, quick, and a good way to help kids get acquainted with each other.)  September’s poem of the month is an “Ode to a School Supply.”  It’s a great way to get kids started writing poems because it’s just a fill in the blank format – very nonthreatening for kids who think they can’t write poetry.  Everyone can be successful with this type of poem, so it helps build confidence for future more complex poems.  It also helps kids write descriptively about an everyday object – a task that will help them learn to add details to all of their writing.  This is a finished sample from a third grader:

Ode to a Pencil

Pencil, oh pencil!

I love how you write.

You help me with drawing,

and writing,

and spelling.

Your lead is black and 

your eraser is pink.

Thank you for being my best school supply.

After writing their poems and editing them, I always had kids publish final copies of their poems and decorate them with school supply stickers before displaying them on my poem of the month bulletin board for September.

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