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Students - This is a mask poem, a poem written in the voice of something else - a hermit crab. Our children had hermit crabs as pets for a time, and Georgia's first grade teacher kept a hermit crab as a class pet. I will never forget how Mrs. Kellner invited the children to write poems for Gus when he died partway through the school year.
It's neat to pretend to be something else, and mask poems are one of my favorite kinds of poems to write. You can find more mask poems - and other types of poems - here at the FIND A POEM section of The Poem Farm.
Pianist Daniel Bailey opens his music notebooks for us this week over at my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks. Stop on by, peek at Dan's music, and listen to him play. You may even win a music notebook of your own! If you're interested in keeping a notebook or teaching students about notebooks, this blog is getting fuller and richer by the week.
Laura Shovan is our host of today's Poetry Friday round up. Visit Author Amok to join the festivities and read about what is happening in the our poetry community this week.