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
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, parks...so 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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