5th Grade Group Poems

Twain 5th graders ended the residency reviewing the poems they have written, re-watching Joaquin Zihuatanejo’s performance of “Abuelo’s Garden,” reading poems aloud in English and Spanish from Cool Salsa, and pitching-in to write group poems. Have a great summer, all!

Ms. Fernandez
5th Grade

Who would I be
without your belief in me?
Mami, who tells me she loves me
Axel, who says good things that
make me feel amazing
and Valentina, who helps me when I struggle,
when I do not understand.

Ms. Bell
5th Grade

A day in our class is full of escapes and wonder,
learning and fun
While the sun rises
Our teacher sets up surprises
She comes to school smelling like coffee.

A day in our class is full of skills
graphs in partners
like two peas in a pod, or a Fortnite duo

Sometimes we laugh
Other times we do math
We always take the right path

Sometimes we act crazy
And on Monday’s we’re lazy
We talk a lot, like a bunch of chickens
peep peep peep
Water bottles are always falling
and trips to the bathroom are always stalling.

Mrs. Respress
5th Grade

“Positive and Negative Energy”

If someone believes in you
you know that you can do it!
they are counting on you
they have faith

If someone believes in you it feels like

a galaxy of encouragement
a football field full of energy
boosting you to the stars

When on one believes in you
you get down on yourself
sucked into an ocean of darkness,
disbelief, doubt, and self-hatred.

Mr. Maciasz
5th Grade

“We Are Grateful To Be In This Beautiful World”

We are inspired by pink blossoms on trees in spring
and making things like art, crocheting, happiness
and music
music fills our eyes and ears
with orchestras of violins and saxophones
in a flash of light that lasts 10,000 years
like Quicksilver
sucks us in like quicksand

The sounds of music make our hearts beat
like a million drums summoning our love
strong as tigers

The wind in the trees makes us dance and glow like fireflies
and mermaids under the sea
like fairy fountains

You can find inspiration in a book,
in a person,
even in the streets of Chicago.



“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.