Thursday, May 31, 2012

A gardening we will go...

Yesterday was the day to plant the marigold seeds that our pen pals from New Orleans sent us.  We planted rows and rows of them on our school farm! We had to use what we had learned about measurement to help us plant our seeds.  Knowing our measurement vocabulary really helped us!

Mr. Koehn explained that we should plant the marigolds about 5 or 6 inches away from the grass so they would not get run over by the lawnmower this summer.

Brandon and Keller used the width of their hands to space the seeds while planting.

Ava and Madison carefully follow the directions on their seed packets.

Bryce and Quinn work together to plant their marigold seeds.

Jaykob, David and Rachel take a closer look at the marigold seeds their pen pals sent them.

Lexi and Tel cover up the seeds they planted.

Boy! Planting seeds is dirty work!

Really dirty work!
After we finished planting our seeds Mr. Koehn took us to the new greenhouse. We ran wild through it!

I LOVE this place!

A few of us discovered the fan outside.  We felt like we were getting blown away!

Do you have a school farm or garden?  If so, what kinds of plants do you grow?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Experimental Poetry

Yesterday we tried our hand at some "experimental poetry."   At first we tried following an outline to write a poem about using our senses.  Here are some samples of this type of poem...


I hear crickets at night.
I see fish in a river.
I smell fish.
I taste food.
I touched a fish.

By: Bryce

Sweet Strawberries

I hear that there are sweet strawberries.
I see sweet strawberries.
I smell sweet strawberries.
I taste sweet strawberries and they taste good.
I touch the small plant that grew those sweet strawberries.

By: Rachel

The Storm

I hear whispering wind.
I see clouds of dust.
I smell fresh air.
I taste the wet rain.
I touch the dust in the air.

By: Ava

Then we tried starting every line the same way: I like, I wish, I am, etc... After the poem was finished we took the first part away...

I wish I was a ghost.
I wish we went to the store.
I wish I rode a horse all by myself.

Now remove the I wish...

I Wish

I was a ghost.
We went to the store.
I rode a horse all by myself.

By: Madison

I wish I could fly.
I wish I could go all around the world.
I wish I was rich.
I wish the sun was shining.
I wish I could do anything I wanted.

Now remove the I wish...

The Dream

I could fly.
I could go all around the world.
I was rich.
The sun was shining.
I could do anything I wanted!

By: Cove Second Grade