English Class third graders began the school year with a short unit of poems by the versatile Shel Silverstein. The list poem, “Band-Aids” was the first poem they read. In groups they created their own lists of things that caused them to say, “Ouch”. Following that, each pupil wrote a personal “Ouch” poem to put into their English language arts notebooks.
The pupils also played a game where they competed in groups to write unique lists naming things that were not listed in other groups to score a point. Another poem that the third graders explored was the poem, “Sick”, which contains lots of health-related vocabulary. The pupils really appreciated the humor of Silverstein’s poetry. Next week they will add to their collection of Silverstein poems.