Happy Poetry Friday! I’m back with another why-ku–I’ve shared a few of these pairs over the past week, and it’s fun to look at them and remember just how much fun I had writing them! These are from my latest 30 Painless Classroom Poems book,?Why-ku: Poems of Wonder About the World. Here’s the final one I’m sharing.My new 30 Painless Classroom Poems book: Why-ku
A Note from the Poet: [White]
It makes me feel a little dizzy when I stop and think that Earth (and all of us on it) are spinning around at more than 1,000 miles per hour! So I wanted the haiku to look all spinny and out of place, too.
A Note from the Poet: [It’s]
This answer was, I think, the most surprising answer in the whole collection. Really? It’s just because the Earth’s rotation is so smooth and constant that we don’t feel it? That just doesn’t seem possible. But it’s true.
Also here are samples of Mary Lee Hahn‘s activities from the classroom activity guide. The first relates to a pair of why-ku I shared last week.
WHY CAN?T I FLY?
Give your students time to investigate the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website. They can learn how to identify birds by sight and sound, watch live streaming bird cams, and find out how to attract more birds to their backyard. After they’ve had time to explore, have each student choose a favorite bird and create a digital or paper/marker poster about that bird.
This one is one her whole book activities:
To build a classroom culture of questioning and wondering, save one bulletin board for a ?Wonder Wall? where you and your students post questions and wonders. You might have each student start a Wonder Jar or Wonder Box as a place to collect all of the interesting treasures (leaves, feathers, shells, rocks, magazine clippings, words, quotes from books, etc.) that they find.
Aren’t those wonderful?
Here I am reading this pair of why-ku.
My friend Linda Baie at Teacher Dance has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. Enjoy!