Monthly Archives: March 2016

March Poem of the Month: Color Poem

March always makes me think of St. Patrick’s Day and shamrocks.  It also makes me think of rainbows – as in the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  So, rainbows are the inspiration for the March poem of the month: a color poem.  I always love to read Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill to introduce this activity.  Then we practice writing similes.  I have kids choose an item of any color they like and write similes about the items.  These similes become the color poems.  They start out with the line “A ________ is as ________ as” followed by a list of items the same color as the first item.  Then comes the line “A ________ is ________ like” followed by a list of more items of that color.  The last line of the poem is “A ______ is ______!”  This way children get to practice writing similes using both like and as based on just what they see around them – no one needs to get writer’s block because the kids simply need to look around to get their ideas.  Here is a poem about the color blue written by a third grader:

A button is as blue as

A crayon,


The sky,


A button is blue like

A car,


A chair,

A book.

A button is blue!

After the poems are written, I have kids recopy them in the colors about which they are written, mount them on those colors, and decorate them with rainbow stickers.  I like to display them on a board with a big rainbow – a nice way to brighten up the classroom and welcome spring!

Bunny in a Jar… AKA Easter Candy Terrarium

My favorite new Easter decoration this year is this candy scene I made inside of a Ball jar.  Or as my husband calls it, our Easter terrarium.  He has pointed out that it’s even “sustainable.”  I found the idea on Pinterest and fell in love with it because it not only appealed to my obsession with Ball jars but also reminds me of sugar eggs with tiny Easter scenes made of frosting and candy inside them that I used to have when I was little.

This jar was so easy to put together.  I got a large Ball jar with an extra wide mouth to make filling it easier.  I put a handful of green Easter grass in the bottom.  Then I tried to put in a Dove chocolate bunny.  This is where I ran into trouble.  Even though I had tried to measure visually when I bought the jar and the bunny at Target, I was horrified to realize that the Dove chocolate bunny did not fit through the mouth of the jar.  I panicked a moment until it occurred to me that the base of the bunny would be hidden in the Easter grass.  So, in a move reminiscent of Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, I cut off the bunny’s tail, enjoyed some delicious chocolate, and put the bunny in the jar.  Best way to solve a problem ever!  I added a couple of Peeps chicks and some candy eggs.  I decorated the lid with a paper flower and spring ribbon, and it was complete!  And now we get to enjoy our “sustainable Easter terrarium” all season.