The children in Alaska wear warm coats.
Children in North Carolina feed wild horses oats.
The children in China Town learn a dragon dance.
Children in Idaho watch reindeer prance.
The children in New Mexico go to Indian Pow-wows.
Children in Wisconsin can watch milking cows.
The children in Florida keep away from alligators.
Children in Massachusetts hear clanking radiators.
In Texas, the children watch for armadillos.
In the bayou children listen to zydacos.
In Arizona they look for roadrunners and javelinas.
In Illinois the children audition to be ballerinas.
The children in New York have lions at the Library.
New Hampshire kids go hiking and it isn't scary.
The kamali'i in Hawaii wear shorts to school.
Oklahoma kids think oil wells are cool.
The children in Colorado learn to ski.
The children in Ohio win spelling bees.
Children in California learn to surf waves.
Children in Utah explore their dark caves.
Children in Montana can climb the Buttes.
Children in Virginia can play their flutes.
Children have one thing in common--
in school they learn to read,
and reading helps them learn about
what other children need.
I can tell this poem is very rough, and it has a long way to go yet. I'm thinking it would be fun to make this a 54 line poem--50 lines , one for each state, and then 4 for the conclusion about reading helping with understanding. If you'd like to help with this poem, you're welcome to leave a couplet about your favorite 2 states--or even one line will help. Go ahead an make suggestions for states I've already included. Did I forget to include your favorite state? Or you are welcome to leave a couplet about other countries. What is something unique about the children there? What about my Canadian friends?
I did think about starting this poem with "In England children call their teacher, Miss," but the moment I got that far, I then knew that the way to control this big poem was to limit it to the US. Did you know that kamali'i is the Hawaiian word for children? I thought the word keiki was children, but when I looked it up in a Hawaiian dictionary, I found that was the word for baby. (Now you know two Hawaiian words. )
Teachers, this format would be easy to do for each classroom in your school with a quatrain at the end to say something that all the children in the school have in common.
In Ms Clark's class the children have two goldfish.
In Mr. Jones' class the children made a clay dhish.
In Miss Butler's class the children wrote a book.
In Mrs. Macy's class they learned to cook.
All of the children at Esperanza School
Think reading books is very cool.
Hey, this definitely is an example of a list poem.
Have fun writing. I look forward to reading your comments. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Poetry Friday.