March SOL – Day 20

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Today is Day 20 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”

Today is also the first day of spring. Plants are already starting to poke through in our garden and I’ve seen the first robin as well. It seems too early but I’ll take it.
Here is a poem to welcome spring – a form I used often with my students.

Hello Spring, Goodbye winter

Hello to rain and rainbows
Goodbye to snow and blizzards

Hello to lawnmowers and rakes
Goodbye to snowblowers and shovels

Hello to longer days
Goodbye to longer nights

Hello to budding flowers
Goodbye to bare trees

Hello to warmer weather
Goodbye to freezing temperatures

Hello to signs of new life
Goodbye to dead leaves and plants

Hello spring
Goodbye winter

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12 thoughts on “March SOL – Day 20

  1. Enjoyed your celebration of the changing seasons. Like you said, good to use with students. It is a great way to practice the skills of noticing details to contrasting subjects.

    • Thanks Alice. We always began with a brainstorming of ideas and then the students wrote as they wanted, but always had a bank of words and phrases to begin with.

  2. We didn’t have much of a winter here in the South. I love the blooming trees and flowers, though. I also love the longer nights for time with my daughter outside. 🙂

  3. On this first day of spring, we can’t say good-bye to snow. 😦 There was a dusting on the ground when I got up, but thankfully it melted away, but did not warm up, yet. I love this format too. Kids enjoy coming up with the ideas for each part.

  4. I also loved the contrast. It reminds me of one of the opening poems in Kwame Alexander’s Crossover, where the author’s comparison of the main character and his dad comes through the plot of the story. Your own poem creates a plot as well.

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