After the kids created their poems in their notebooks, I asked them to come read them to me. I was so excited I could hardly contain myself while I waited
Later that afternoon, I printed out their poetry. I shared it with a fellow teacher and we celebrated together! I shared it with my classroom helper (who wasn't there when we were writing) and we got a little misty-eyed as we talked about what special things the class had done. There were definitely some surprises!
Here are some of the typed poems:
But, it was all going so well, I couldn't just stop there. So...it was time to illustrate.
A couple of weeks ago, I had taken a big step for myself and used one of my poems with my students. I didn't tell them at first that I was the author, but I put myself out there. In order to show them how we could illustrate our poems, I pulled my butterfly poem back out. Read it here. I read it aloud again and we started talking about what I could draw that would best illustrate the poem...an easy task considering they did the illustration work for this poem last week! Next, I taught my students how to use a black marker to draw an outline for a picture and then use watercolor paints to finish it off.
After they knew the basics, we spent a long time talking as a class and then with a buddy to decide what would be important to include in their own illustrations. Then we got down to work with our markers and our watercolors. Here are a few samples:
What's next? Well, I think it's time to create a hallway display, don't you? I'm planning to mount their pictures and poems side by side on black paper. I also think this project is worth laminating because I can't imagine a parent out there that won't want to keep this project around for a long time. Come back soon to see how we wrap up this project and what we are starting next. Oh the places we will go and that plans that I have for them!!!!