Body Metaphors

Greetings Galileo poetry friends and followers! We began our week 2 lesson by exploring The Best Part of Me, a book of poems written by elementary school students about their favorite body parts, with photos by artist Wendy Ewald. Next, we took a deep dive into metaphors.

Students learned that metaphors compare two unlike things as if they are the same. Then, they created metaphors for their favorite and most powerful body parts, and arranged these unusual comparisons into new poems. This week’s collection of poetry should have you thinking, feeling, and dreaming differently about your head, fingers, knees, and nose.


Mrs. Van
4th Grade, Group 1 

My fingers are short noodles
Adonis M.

My fingers are short noodles
My head is a circle
My brain is a calculator
My torso is a square
My body is a zoo


Rowaida B.

are fingers french fries?
are eyes toy cars?
is hair gold?
are noses door knobs?
are teeth candy?


About me
Penelope B.

My body parts are rubber bands.
My brain is a calculator.
My heels are stone.
My eyes are cameras.
My knees are caps.
My hair is a string.
My mouth is a microphone.
My head is a rock.


Life #1
Jesus C.

My hair is a tiger
My finger is a machine
My arm is a snake
My fists are metal
My veins are life
My ears are monkeys
My blood is a part of life


Mrs. Van
4th Grade, Group 2

My body parts
Santino H.

My legs are a treadmill and
they make me run and
My feet are drums they beat
everytime I walk and
My brain is a book to store
knowledge and
My neck is a branch and
holds up my head


My Body
Nora O.

My legs are lightning
My eye is a telescope
My fists are protectors
My ears are caves


My body
Kayla A.

My hair is a flashlight
for the way it shines.

My arm is a ✧rotating
machine✧ for the way it go
goes around.

My ears are hard workers
for how long they listen.

My feet are fish
for the way they swim.


my heart is a pounder
Isaiah C.

my heart is a pounder
my nose is an air hole
my eyes are magnets
my lungs are oxygen tanks
my stomach is a sea





“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.