This is my playground for poetry written for children with ideas and inspiration for writing your own poems. Come on in. Sit for a spell, have a cup of words to swirl around and make your own cup of poetry. I'm so glad you are here. I hope you'll find the Kingdom of Poetry a fun place to be.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Whiptail Lizard

The whiptail lizard is a fast paced lizard
and a very quick lizard is he.
He dashed past the ocotillo.
He raced by the barrel cactus
and ran up a Palo Verde tree.

     I've been playing with nursery rhymes again.  This poem uses several synonyms.
Can you find them?  Synonyms are words that mean the same thing.  So fast paced, dashed, raced, and ran all mean that the lizard moved very quickly.
    You can try writing a poem like this by picking an animal and then trying to load your poem with synonyms.

 The grizzly bear is a big old bear
and a huge old bear is he.
He ate a large fish,
swallowed lots of honey,
and got stung by a gigantic bee.

    Can you find the other words that mean big in this poem? 

   Now it is your turn to try it.  You might want to use a dictionary or a thesaurus.  Have fun. You're welcome to share your poem in the comments at the bottom of this page.  I'd love to see the animal you pick and the synonyms you use.

1 comment:

  1. Joy,
    What a great way to teach synonyms! Teachers would like to try this one. Ol King Cole must be the nursery rhyme you based this on. Right? What if the lizard barreled past the cactus. A photo could show that it's a barrel cactus. I love the action in the second verse. Can something happen to the lizard as well? I want to know why he's in such a hurry. Keep the fun poetry coming!