Welcome to my National Poetry Month project for 2017! Students - Each day of April 2017, I will close my eyes, and I will reach into my box of 64 Crayola crayons.
Aerial View of Crayola Box
Photo by Georgia LV
Each day I will choose a crayon (without looking), pulling this crayon out of the box. This daily selected crayon will in some way inspire the poem for the next day. Each day of this month, I will choose a new crayon, thinking and writing about one color every day for a total of 30 poems inspired by colors.
I welcome any classrooms of poets who wish to share class poems (class poems only please) related to each day's color (the one I choose or your own). Please post your class poem or photograph of any class crayon poem goodness to our Writing the Rainbow Padlet HERE. (If you have never posted on a Padlet, it is very easy. Just double click on the red background, and a box will appear. Write in this box, and upload any poemcrayon sharings you wish.)
Here is a list of this month's Writing the Rainbow Poems so far:
(Comment on this 3/30 post for book drawing through 4/11)
And now...today's crayon. Dandelion!
by Amy LV
Students - If you did not know that the Dandelion crayon was retired by Crayola just last week, now you do. You can read more about this in the NEW YORK TIMES if you wish. We don't know yet which new color will replace Dandelion, but as it's been around for 27 years, I was sad to see it go.
That's why I bought a box of 64 Dandelions as soon as I learned the news. (I also bought a box of 64 Silvers...just because.)
My new box of Dandelions is not here yet, but they're on the way. I never knew that a person could order a whole box of one color at Crayola's website. But now I do. If you ever need a Dandelion (or a Silver), give me a call.
If you are wondering whether I picked Dandelion for today's poem with my eyes open, for nostalgia's sake, I can assure you that I did not. I am very honest about these strange challenges. If this were not the case, you never would have seen CARNATION PINK and LAVENDER, two such similar crayon colors, as #1 and #2 of this project.
If you've visited The Poem Farm over time, you know that I do like dandelions. You might recall Dandelion Dot-to-Dot or Names Matter or Dandelion Grandmas. For today's poem, I kept in the same voice as the child from the April 1 and April 2 poems. I have a feeling that this character will follow me...and the crayons...all month long.
If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, you might choose to connect the color you choose today to a creature...or not. Colors can take us anywhere. And if you'd like to join in with us on our WRITING THE RAINBOW PADLET, please do!
Don't miss the links to all kinds of Poetry Month goodness up there in my upper left sidebar. Happy third day of National Poetry Month.
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