3rd Graders Get Colorful

Instead of writing new poems for our 6th sessions, Twain 3rd graders had a day of review and sharing. They practiced reading their poems aloud for their classmates, as well as offering and receiving feedback on their work. For our 7th sessions, students took turns reading sections of Mary O’Neill’s poem, “What is Brown?” aloud. They selected favorite lines, and noticed all the ways the poet used sensory details to describe the color brown.  Then students brainstormed ways to describe color by using their senses of sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch.

Ms. Murphy
3rd Grade

Donovan D.

Green is grass when it gets enough water
Green is disgust when children see broccoli

Green is the smell of leaves when they are wet
Green is sour when you eat a lime
Green is the feeling when you touch a lime


Samantha M.

Blue stands for the sky
Blue represents happiness
Bubble gum ice cream is blue
Raspberry prime is blue
A big blue ball
A very blue shirt
Blue means love
Blue is a folder
A gummy can be blue
A blue balloon goes “Pop!”
The blue waves sound like “whoos”
the soft blue pillow
the hard blue window
Blue is all around us

Benjamin B.

Brown is everything
Brown feels like mud in my hand when I fall
Brown tastes like meat falling into my mouth
Brown smells like dirt on my face when I am outside

Brown sounds like mud in my ear
Brown looks like chocolate in my eyes
Brown feels like falling into a dirty lake filled with mud
Brown smells like my dirty soccer shoes
Brown looks like old coins in my house


Ms. Lee
3rd Grade


Baby Blue
by Elsie T.

baby blue is quiet
when you touch it
it feels soft
baby blue looks like the pretty sky
it smells fresh too
baby blue tastes sweet
It is calming like the tree’s breeze


Leia V.

red is the taste of hot sauce
on tacos, spicy and slimy
red is what fire feels like
it burns
red sounds like a very fast car


by Janelle M.

white is the rain
snow is white, and you can play snowballs with your friends
air is white, air is here so we can breathe
I am drinking water
I touch paper so I can write my poem


Ms. Isaacs
3rd Grade

Collaborative Color Poem

This poem could be called: The Rainbow Story or The Color Group
or The Coloring Taste; The Rainbow Taste or The Rainbow Island

Cyan is the color that smells
creamy like frosting and feels
cold like ice

Unlike red, that is steamy
and tastes like red hot cheetos
Red explodes like a volcano
or a science project that
sends fruit punch everywhere

Pink is the color of strawberry ice cream,
the eraser on a pencil, and a Barbie doll house

Blue sounds like the ocean
and tastes like jello
and indigo
cold as purple ice cream

Now, fill a cup with the juiciness
of the color orange and sip!


Mrs. Lamas
3rd Grade


Collaborative Color Poem

yellow is a slimy egg yolk
or a lemon, a yellow apple
or the sun

Yellow smells like macaroni and cheese
and looks like an emoji

And its the cool crunch when
you bite into a yellow watermelon
or a crispy potato chip
or a hot sip
of cafecito

Yellow is soft, sweet
and flavorful
like the happiness inside 
of a mango




“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.