A Whoosh Happens and other sounds at Darwin Elementary

This week we’re exploring sound poems. Some sounds already have words, but others don’t, and I encouraged the students to invite sound words where needed. Students considered the sounds at home, at school, and in Chicago.

Ms. Vargas-Mendez
3rd Grade

Whoosh! Bang! Tap!
Jacinda F.

A whoosh happens when
someone runs down the halls
A bang happens when
someone hits their rock carton
A tap! sound happens when
someone hits their pencil against their desk


Sounds In The City
Christian D.

The heart sounds like dup-dup-dup
The train sounds like sherh-sherh
The snake sounds like si-si-si-si
The kitchen sounds like a ZOO
The TV sounds like the forest
The cows sound like muu-muu
The ocean sounds like the wind


Sound Poem
Ashley A.

I heard my friend saying sh-sh-sh
I heard my sister crying waaa
I heard water from my house

Ms. Robbins
2nd & 3rd Grade

Layna S.

I hear the birds cherp cherp cherp
I hear my grandma spray the hose shsh shsh
I hear the bees go buzz buzz
I hear the bees go wush wush
I hear the rain go pater pater pater
I hear jumping in puddles
splush splush splush


Nicole E.

In the city the cars honk
and beeeep beeeep
In the school the bell
goes ding ding ding
If you stop then you hear
stop stop stop
The cars go vroom
Old ladies hobble
Dobeep from a big truck
When dogs bark they
go Wolf! Wolf!
Monsters go roar
Lions go roooooar



I hear santa going ho ho ho
I hear birds going chirp chirp
I hear water going splash splash
I hear owls going hoot hoot

Ms. Arango
2nd Grade

Funny Sounds
Cynthia H.

I hear the crunch of an apple
I hear my brother cry waaa
I hear the mouse click
I hear my mom saying sh-sh-sh


The Noises of My Family
Maria V.

I hear my little sister screaming
I hear my mom saying Go To Bed!
I her my little sister saying waaa
I hear my mom talking to my dad


Michelle E.

I hear the noise beep
I hear the noise vroom
I hear the noise honk
I hear the noise screech
I hear the noise whoosh



“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.