Friday, May 25, 2012

Strawberries & Free Verse


Georgia's Birthday Snack
Photo by Amy LV

Click the arrow to hear me read this poem to you.

Students - Happy Poetry Friday!  Today I am thinking about food, especially strawberries, because we just dipped about 75 strawberries in chocolate for Georgia's 12th birthday tomorrow.  Here in Western New York, we are looking forward to picking strawberries in about one month, and at that time we will make all kinds of strawberry goodies.

In today's poem, I fulfill last Friday's promise to write two free verse poems this week.  Earlier this week, I wrote Always, about the kittens.  You may notice that the structure of today's poem is simply a list, list of ways that strawberries are happy.  The poem turns on a question and a promise.  I am thinking that I might try this again sometime: a list, a question, a promise.  If you give it a whirl, I would love to read your poem!

If you would like to make some chocolate covered strawberries of your own, it is so easy.  Here is a recipe for you.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

     1. Get some berries and chocolate. This time we used the melty wafers, but sometimes we use chocolate chips. If you would like to drizzle them afterward, you may wish to get two types of chips.
     2. Wash and dry your berries.
     3.  Cover a tray with wax paper or foil.
     4. Melt your chocolate carefully in the microwave.  We used half power for 30-60 seconds at a time, stirring in between, 
     5. Holding each berry by the stem, dip it into the chocolate.  It looks good if you leave a bit of red showing, and it won't make you as messy either.
     6.  Place each berry on the tray to dry.
     7.  If you want to drizzle them, simply melt more chocolate and use a fork or skewer dipped in chocolate to spatter them.  Be a strawberry artist!
     8.  Keep cool in your refrigerator until you're ready to eat.
     9.  Don't forget to lick the bowl!

Yesterday, Hope said, "Wow.  These are so pretty.  It's so cool you can just make them on your own!  When you see them all professionally made, you'd think there's a machine or something. But they're easy!"

In the next few weeks, I am so excited to share several classroom poetry peeks with you.  From kindergartners to third graders...get ready!

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  1. Ah, a lovely spring poem. A few days ago I made a white cake with cream cheese frosting, filled with sliced strawberries and jam. Of course a few found their way into the bowl of frosting, then into our mouths...

    Your chocolate strawberries look lovely! Happy bday to Georgia!

  2. I love that you titled that photo, Georgia's birthday snack. Quite a gorgeous snack I say! I have so many summer memories of picking strawberries & my grandmother's delicious shortcake. You brought them all to me with your poem, Amy. Thanks!

  3. I love my strawberries mixed with rhubarb and made into a pie. I especially love a slice the next morning for breakfast, cold. With a cup of hot coffee.

    Thanks for sharing your strawberry poem.

  4. Happy Birthday, Georgia! Your berries look delicious. I think strawberries in our area are ripening as we speak -- you've inspired me to go pick some a.s.a.p.!

  5. My kind of poem! Beautiful job on the dipped berries. Happy Birthday to Georgia!

  6. Great poem and exercise, I'm hungry.
    I love the audio of the poem. Well done.

  7. Beauty in a bite. Those look delicious and the poem is the delightful accompaniment!

  8. Mmmm, I love strawberries! Happy birthday, Georgia!