Sunday, April 17, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Day 17 - Sometimes

Welcome to Day 17 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

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

And now for Day 17!

Thank You, Everybody!
by Amy LV

Students - You may be hearing your parents or adults around you talking about taxes this week. It has sure been the talk of our house!  That's because tomorrow, Monday, April 18 is this year's deadline for Americans to file their taxes. That means it's the day when we each turn in what we owe to the government to keep things running smoothly here in our country. 

As the Wonderopolis Wonder explains, sometimes grown-ups complain about tax day.  It is difficult to pay a lot of money and sometimes it's difficult to figure out how much to pay as the whole process involves lots of paperwork.  However, paying taxes helps all of us: our community helpers are paid by taxes, schools are covered by taxes, libraries, roads, much.  Paying taxes reminds me a little bit of going to a restaurant, getting the bill, and splitting it up, each paying a share.  We enjoyed the meal, and we must pay for it.

At first, I did not think that this would be an inspiring Wonder to write a poem from (I complained to my family), but honestly, I am glad it was the Wonder of the day yesterday.  See, this Wonder helped me to see taxes a little bit differently.  Now, though I may sigh a bit tomorrow, I am reminded of how many great things I have in my life thanks to everyone who chips in each April.  

Be willing to be open to assignments.  Even if you do not think you like a topic sometimes, you may find that it can teach you something.  This happened to me today.

Today's poem is not a rhyming poem (until the last couplet) so to make it sound like a poem, I had fun playing with the rhythm and just a little bit of repetition.

It is wonderful to host middle school teacher and librarian Stefanie Cole and her students from Ontario, Canada at Sharing Our Notebooks all month long. This is a fantastic post full of notebook inspiration, a video clip, and a great book giveaway from Stefanie.

Happy Day 17 of National Poetry Month 2016!  

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  1. I love this. I didn't know where you were going with these various people and actions until the end -- a nice AH HA ending! (My students were SHOCKED that half of every paycheck goes to taxes and health care...they are too young to understand that it is worth it to me and my community...)

  2. It's so important to remember what our taxes are paying for.

  3. I've had this experience once that I recall. I had an assignment to write teacher guides for Cobblestone Magazine. One issue was about a bridge, not many bridges, one bridge. I couldn't imagine how I could enjoy this assignment until I read the magazine articles. Not only did I enjoy this project, I went on to watch a documentary and read a thick book about building this very special bridge--The Brooklyn Bridge. What a great learning experience that was for me. I'm glad this was for you too.