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,

Jeans,

The sky,

Neptune.

A button is blue like

A car,

Shoes,

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!

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