4th grade Syllable Math!

As remote and hybrid learning continues, Shoesmith 4th graders [and their teachers!] have been practicing resilience.  With each poetry session students return stronger than ever to express their ideas and concerns, finding new ways to share their creativity with words. Our first session after Spring Break found us in the first week of National Poetry Month, and we explored the ancient Japanese poetry form known as haiku, or hokko. After reading haiku written by Matsuo Bashō, Jacqueline Woodson, Kris Hemensley,  Richard Wright, and Sonia Sanchez, students got into the math of the haiku formula, which required them to count syllables in order to compose their own poems. A few students even challenged themselves to write longer poems made of more than one haiku!
The formula for haiku = a poem of 3 lines in which
line 1:  5 syllables
line 2:  7 syllables
line 3:  5 syllables

Ms. Lehner
4th Grade – Room 207

I see
Amir B.

I am seeing trees
I can see three cars right now
Through the window room


Oumar K.

I saw birds outside
My fav smell is pizza yum
I like basketball


The sky by the lake
Thaddeus H.

The lake by the sky
Time and time again they go
Never stopping by

Grade 4 – Room 208

The Cry
Chloe  M.

It’s ok don’t cry
Your soul will not die from it
Just let your soul heal.


my dog
Dorian W.

My dog is alive
In Mexico. Why is it
There? Will he come back?


I love doing things poem
Aleah G.

I love when the wind
Blows my hair all out crazy
I look like a clown


2 Haiku
Gian R.

Yes Day! haiku

Let’s have a yes day.
We will have a super time.
We can eat pizza.


I hate long homework.
I will rip it into shreds.
I will not do this.


Grace A.

Corgis are so cute
I love how they jump around
They are so fluffy


Prentice Coleman

I like the smell of
Fries floating into the air
The taste is scrumptious.


I want to be a Engineer
Jamari H.

I want to be a
Engineer.  Work for Elon
Musk and make Teslas

I love looking at
The map of the world and where
I live and was raised

I love going to
School and learning new things
And making new friends





“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.