April Is For Poets

April is National Poetry Month! For their twenty-second week of poetry Hale 3rd-5th graders are celebrating all things poetry. On Tuesday we read the poem “March 31st,” by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. In her poem VanDerwater uses rhyming couplets to describe how poets get ready for National Poetry Month. ”Twas the night before April, when all through the land/every poet was writing, at keyboards by hand/gathering words for thirty days’ time/ for Poetry Month, for rhythm, for rhyme.” Together we wrote a group poem about how we can get prepared to celebrate National Poetry Month.

On Wednesday we explored more wonderful things about April, by reading “April Rain Song,” by Langston Hughes. In his poem Hughes uses repetition to describe rain showers in April. “Let the rain kiss you/ Let the rain beat upon your head with silver raindrops/Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” Students came up with their own individual songs about April.

Please help us celebrate National Poetry Month, by reading these amazing poems. Also shout out to the April Birthday Crew. My birthday is in April, and I discovered that some students and their siblings have birthdays in April too. Happy birthday to Marco, Aiden, and Ava.



Ms. Degiulio’s After School
3rd-5th Grade


How We Celebrate National Poetry Month
By Hale Elementary 3rd-5th Graders

Poets feeling confident about their rhymes
from their old times.

He was writing with a light,
then he was a good person at night.

The poets wrote at night.
and then had a word fight.

They took out their pencils and paper
and tried to hide it from the poet caper.

Hidden words in my eye beam.
it all happened in a dream.


April Marco Song
By Milania G.

My brother’s name is Marco

He’s turning 7.
He’s getting too big for me.

We’re going to the movies.
Invited his friends. Oh Yeah!

It’s going to be so much fun


April Shool Song
By Jayce L.

School Spirit Week.
School is cool.
School is celebrating National Poetry Month.
School is having Spring Break.
School has your friends.


April Aiden Song
By Evan Q.

Aiden is my brother.
Aiden’s birthday is on Easter.
Aiden is ten years old.
Aiden is a very good brother.

Aiden, I love you.


April, April Song 
By Federico R.

Babies are born.
Families grow.
Plants grow.
The rain is back.
There’s sunlight.
We’re an hour ahead.


April Flower Song 
By Alexcia S.

Flowers in Spring are blooming
in my backyard.

Flowers is power.
Ahh!!!! power.

I love these flowers.
Ahh!!! flowers.

I love them so deeply.
So beautiful, So beautiful

Flower is plower with clower

Flower with slover, is rlover.







“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.