Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wallow in Wonder 28 - Written on a Paper Airplane


Welcome to Day 28 of Wallow in Wonder!  For my 2016 National Poetry Month project, I will celebrate learning and writing from learning, writing poems from each daily Wonder at Wonderopolis.  As I did with my Dictionary Hike in 2012, I am looking to surprise myself with new inspiration daily.  This year, such inspiration will show up in my inbox each morning.  I will print it and carry each Wonderopolis Wonder around all day...and in the afternoon or evening, I will write and post the poem for the next day.  

I invite anyone who wishes to take this challenge too.  Just read today's wonder over at Wonderopolis, and write a poem inspired by it for tomorrow.  Share it tomorrow at your own site, and if you wish to link in my comments for others to find (or share your poem there), please feel free to do so tomorrow, the day after the Wonder is published at Wonderopolis.  If you would like to share any ways you have used Wallow in Wonder or your own site (safe for children only please), please feel free to do so in the comments.

My April Poems Thus Far

April 1 - So Suddenly - a poem inspired by Wonder #1659 
April 2 - Thankful Journal - a poem inspired by Wonder #1660
April 3 - The Storm Chaser - a poem inspired by Wonder #779
April 4 - A Jar of Glitter - a poem inspired by Wonder #641
April 5 - To Make Compost - a poem inspired by Wonder #1661
April 6 - Deciding Now - a poem inspired by Wonder #1662
April 7 - Hummingbird's Secret - a poem inspired by Wonder #1663
April 8 - Limits - a poem inspired by Wonder #1664
April 9 - Sundogs - a poem inspired by Wonder #1665
April 10 - Perspective - a poem inspired by Wonder #128
April 11 - At the History Museum - a poem inspired by Wonder #115
April 12 - Seventy-Five Years Ago Today - a poem inspired by Wonder #1666
April 13 - Homer's Poem - a poem inspired by Wonder #1667
April 14 - The Right - a poem inspired by Wonder #1668
April 15 - 5:00 am - a poem inspired by Wonder #1669
April 16 - Writing - a poem inspired by Wonder #1670
April 17 - Sometimes - a poem inspired by Wonder #194
April 18 - Once - a poem inspired by Wonder #192
April 19 - Eat It - a poem inspired by Wonder #1671
April 20 - Chatty Green Tomato - a poem inspired by Wonder #1672
April 21 - This Argument We're Having - a poem inspired by Wonder #1673
April 22 - After a Week in Foster Care - a poem inspired by Wonder #1674
April 23 - Pay Attention - a (recycled) poem inspired by Wonder #1675
April 24 - Please Don't Ask - a poem inspired by Wonder #201
April 25 - Mama Kangaroo's Poem - a poem inspired by Wonder #447
April 26 - Not Anymore - a poem inspired by Wonder #1675
April 27 - If We Were Whales - a poem inspired by Wonder #1676

And now for Day 28!


Sun Letter
by Amy LV




Students - Today's poem form (letter) was inspired by a question I received during my school visit to Maple East Elementary School in Williamsville, NY yesterday.  I believe it was after the second grade assembly that a thoughtful girl asked, "Have you ever written a book of letter poems?"  I told her that I had not, and I certainly did not decide in that moment to write a letter poem for today...but this young girl's words stayed with me, and when I began writing...a letter poem is what emerged. So, today I extend my gratitude to the young girl with the question that helped me write.

There are so many things to be thankful for on this planet...and I giggled to myself imagining sending a thank you letter all folded up in a paper airplane to the sun.

You might wish to think about someone or something you might send a letter or thank you note to, and then write it as a letter or a poem...and send it or not.

And while I am feeling grateful, thank you to Librarian Michelle Weber and the students at Maple East Elementary for hand-copying so many of my poems and making these pretty birds. It was an honor to see them all!

Poems at Maple East Elementary
Photo by Librarian Michelle Weber

On Monday, I gratefully introduced teacher Emily Callahan and her students from Kansas City here to The Poem Farm.  They are a magical bunch, and I will be featuring their post all week.  It also holds a giveaway to a commenter.  So please, to learn about Popcorn and Poetry...visit HERE.

And in other blog news, I am so happy to host teacher and librarian Stefanie Cole and her students from Ontario, Canada at Sharing Our Notebooks this month. This is a fantastic post full of notebook inspiration, a video clip, and a great book giveaway from Stefanie. Please check it out, and leave a comment over there to be entered into the giveaway.

Happy Day 28 of National Poetry Month 2016!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a 3rd grader in Mrs. Doele's class. Here is my poem about wonder1680:

so I am a wasp
I live in a tall tree
the queen decides which
of course shes the queen
she rules over all of us
some times shes a little bossy
but okay slow down
I should be holding the bug of Liberty!!!!!
why am i not THE KING
raise your hand for me being king
oh nice trick... NOBODY!!!!
you guys are mean you didn`t vote for me
you voted for her
I want to be KING!!

By Brielle

Margaret Simon said...

A book of poem letters? Yes! Love your letter to the sun. How sweet to thank the sun.

Mary Lee said...

I'm working backwards and it's fun to find sun here, and rain in the next poem! Sounds like Ohio weather!