Welcome to Day 10 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 link to the #WallowInWonder padlet.
My April Poems Thus Far
And now for Day 10!
It All Looks Different from the Air
by Amy LV
Students - You may have noticed that I am back to free verse. This month I am alternating between a few days with more strictly metered poems and then a few days of freer verse. To help me free myself up, I'm reading some James Stevenson books, particularly the corn books: SWEET CORN, POPCORN, CORN FED, CORN CHOWDER, and CORNFLAKES. James Stevenson is extremely clever, funny, and wise. His poems are surprising and leave me with something to think about. I admire his free verse poetry very much and recommend that you check his books out.
There is one rhyme here. Did you find it as you read?
I like this idea of floating around. Not forever, because I do like my feet on the ground. However, there is something very neat about seeing Earth from an airplane, understanding that we are actually quite small and that we needn't worry so much about some things. I like the idea of turning off gravity once a week.
You can read another poem inspired by Wonder #128 if you visit Wonder Lead Ambassador, literacy advocate, teacher, and writer Paul Hankins at his Wonder Ground blog where he, too, is writing daily poems from Wonderopolis wonders. He and I are in this together daily and some other writers are joining in on the fun sometimes too. All are welcome to wonder through poems with us.
Friday's post had a giveaway! Should you leave a comment on Friday's post, you will be entered into a giveaway generously offered by Barry Lane - 3 Barry CDs to one winner, and I will draw the name tonight. Please be sure to leave a way to contact you. Thank you, Barry!
I am thrilled to host middle school teacher and librarian Stefanie Cole and her students from Ontario, Canada to Sharing Our Notebooks this month. Do not miss this post; it is full of notebook inspiration, a video clip, and a great book giveaway from Stefanie.
Happy Day 10 of National Poetry Month 2016!
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