Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Writing the Rainbow Poem #4 - Olive Green

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.  Olive Green!

Mr. B. Tips his Hat
by Amy LV

Students - I picked Olive Green out of my box yesterday morning before driving to South Davis Elementary for a (wonderful) school visit.  And as I told the K-2 students yesterday, the back part of my brain was working on Olive Green ideas all day long.  The front part of my brain was teaching and performing with puppets and sharing poems with students...but the back part was silently and secretly working away on this poem you just read about Mr. B.

One of my favorite parts about writing is that a writing person can live more than one life at the same time.  In the same way that reading a book allows me to live my own life and the life of a character in a book...writing allows me to live my own life and the life of whatever writing surprises decide to land in my brain branches.  So, if I'm reading a book by someone else AND writing on my own...it is like having three lives at the same time!

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, you might choose to connect the color you choose today to a person...or not.  People are certainly filled with colors, though...and you might want to at least try making a list of which people, in any way, match the color you selected today. 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 fourth day of National Poetry Month.  

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. I love your project, Amy! So colorful and creative. The narrator's voice is very soothing as story builds. Nice!

  2. This is such a fun project, Amy! I love that you give us so much insight into Mr. B with a few well-chosen, precise details. And I agree with Mary Lee. Here's another hug for Mr. B!

  3. Another view of a color that shows beautiful sympathy, Amy. I'm enjoying all your colors.