Yesterday, I promised you a resource for doing equation poems with your students. It’s a video, but it’s only up until May 15, so don’t wait too long to use it in your classroom! I was super excited to partner up with Ramsey County Libraries for one of their awesome Read. Make. Do. events! Mine is Poetry in a Bag! Now, I’m sorry to tell you you can’t get the bag with supplies (unless you’re an RCL patron who registered for this). However, you CAN get the video for free. Just go here to preview/watch the video. Or click on the image below.
And if you go here, you can read the cover sheet and also download an activity sheet your kids can use as they write their equation poems.
Have fun! If your students write any that you share online, I hope you’ll tag any social media posts with #RCLReadMakeDo, #EquationPoems, and @LauraPSalas. Thank you so much! That way I’ll see them, and the library will know the video is getting watched and used. Thanks :>)
For National Poetry Month 2021, I’m posting an equation poem each day. Maybe with an image, maybe without. I needed something very accessible and doable this year! Maybe you feel the same way? I’d love for you to join me, and here are several options for sharing your own or your students’ equation poems:
- in the comments below
- on social media with #EquationPoem–and be sure to tag me, please! (@LauraPSalas on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook)
- on the Padlet on my bookpage here
Here’s today’s equation poem. Out my studio window, I see the two maple trees in front of our townhome. Right now, they are bursting with maple blossoms, these lime green fluffy poufs that appear in spring before the leaves do. Today was grey, and it even snowed a bit. These pops of color out my window shaking in the wind reminded me of cheerleaders’ pom-poms. As a former cheerleader, I felt a kinship with them, and I felt like they were welcoming spring onto the playing field. Gimme an S! Gimme a P! Gimme an R! Gimme an I! Gimme an N! Gimme a G! What’s that spell? SPRING!
And if you love equation poems, check out my Snowman-Cold=Puddle: Spring Equations, published by Charlesbridge and with gorgeous art by Micha Archer.
P.S. Click here if you want to see all of this month’s equation poems!
P.P.S. If you like these, you might also love This Plus That, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace, and Mathematickles, by Betsy Franco and Steve Salerno.
Janet F. says
buds unfurling + gentle rains = trees awakening
My morning look out the window, it is getting closer. I just would love to see some sun.
Cheerleaders with pom poms! Are you getting the latest snow storm? Thanks for the video. I’ll be sharing with my students.
Tricia Stohr-Hunt says
I love your idea to make equation poems on a stack of cups. Thanks for sharing this video!
Either I’ve never paid attention, or we have the wrong kinds of maples here (we have… tons of glorious Japanese maples and scant few of the bigger kind in this neighborhood. We’re all liquidambar, all the time, unfortunately.) – I’ve never seen them bloom, and now I must! Love seeing you on video!!
I think it’s only certain maple species. Giant maple, maybe? I never noticed them on the gorgeous fiery colored maple at our old place. Our maple here only turns yellow, which could be due to different species or could be due to soil, sun, etc. Liquidamber–love!