I received an email from first-grade teacher Erin Baker. She was preparing to teach a unit on balance to first graders and wondered if I had any relevant poems or could recommend any that related to the topic. I told her, “I have actually toyed with the idea of soliciting needed poem ideas from teachers through my newsletter for educators (Salas Snippets), but I figured I’d either get NO requests (embarrassing) or be inundated (overwhelming).
Anyway, first, I turned to poetry resource extraordinaire Sylvia Vardell, who recommended “I’m a Gymnast” in Jack Prelutsky’s Good Sports. I knew she’d have an answer!
Then I played around one afternoon (yes, there was work on deadline I should have been doing instead!), and came up with a few poems. They aren’t all necessarily first-grade accessible, but I shared them with Erin, and I’ll share one here today, plus the other two later this week. Here’s the first-grade-friendly one. It’s not stellar poetry, but it was fun to work on. Maybe I’ll come back to it in the future.