So I teach first and third grade religion at the school that I work at and we've been doing a curriculum on family life. One of the lessons I taught today to my third graders was about plant and animal life - how plants and animals keep the balance of nature and the importance of taking care of living things. One of the assignments from the curriculum textbook is to write a poem about your favorite animal. I gave the students the choice to write a free verse poem or to follow the template provided by the textbook:
On the first line, write the animal or plant name
One the second line, write two words that describe the plant or animal
On the third line, tell something the animal or plant does
On the fourth line, tell where its habitat is
On the fifth line, describe your feelings about this animal or plant
The kids had a lot of fun with it - they wrote about poppies, fruits, and their pets. It's kind of a cute prompt to work with so I tried a couple for myself.
Oh basset hound,
with floppy ears and big soft paws,
you sniff and eat and drink water and sleep,
dreaming in the den of our kitchen.
I want to squeeze your face.
Bird of paradise
orange beak, blue feather, green stalk
when i drive past the rusted iron gate
marking the place i call home
Try it out! It's fun :) And you'll have a greater appreciation for plants and animals! Yay!