Along with learning about animal classification and animal groups, the students are exploring poetry. The first poem that most of the students practiced writing was the couplet. A couplet is two lines of a poem where the last word of each line rhymes.
A famous couplet poem by Shel Silverstein called Sick begins like this:
“I cannot go to school today”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps…”
Here is a fun video illustrating this couplet from a previous secondary student of Mr. McKillip:
After the couplet, the students experimented with writing an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem uses the first letter of a word to begin each line.
Another type of poem the children are working on is alliteration, also known as tongue twister.
A famous tongue twister is “Sally sells seashells by the sea shore.”
Please be sure to share a favorite poem with your child this week.