I spoke to 4 classes of 5th graders at Pinecrest Elementary for The Great American Teachin on 11/16/17 involving Ms. Gould, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Sparks and Ms. Boyle. Pinecrest Elementary is in Lithia, FL, a beautiful, very large elementary school in a rural town. It was lovely!
My power point presentation included poem readings, poem performances, and discussion of the poems. The students were welcoming and seemed to be enjoying my talk. Since many of my poems were about animals, I asked the students to do "homework" - write a poem about an animal - any animal - or write a poem in the voice of an animal. Here is the wonderful and heart-warming smorgasbord of poems and pictures that I received, not to mention the lovely letters of appreciation!
Let's start out with a poem by Levi, who wrote:
Here's a note and poem by Savannah!
And a lovely note and poem from Evan!
Next, a poem by Jacob M.
Thank you for sending a poem about losing a pet, Eric! This poem is by an anonymous poet and can be found HERE
Thank you, thank you, Lithia Elementary, for welcoming me. I had a wonderful time sharing my poetry with your 5th graders! And to you 5th graders - you know who you are - keep on writing! All the Best, B.J. Lee