Coloring in and out of the lines

Between testing dates and spring break, it felt like an eternity since I had spent time with Shoemsith 4th graders! It felt good to return to Ms. Lehner’s classroom for our eighth sessions.  Students shared what they have been learning about figurative language, which dovetailed perfectly with our lesson!  We read and discussed Mary O’Neill’s poem, “What is Brown?” before brainstorming ideas for color poems.  Enjoy!

Ms. Lehner
 4th grade – Group 1

The Color Red
by Tomide O.

red is a fire truck
red is mario
red is a cherry

red is loud
red is mean
red is mario’s voice

red is sour
red will burn your nose
red is a siren

red is hot
red is fire
red is angry


What is blue
by Raven V.

What is blue?
blue is a color
blue is the sky
blue is the water bottle
blue is all around us, let’s keep going

blue is a blueberry
blue is my mom’s makeup
blue is sleepy

I feel blue
because blue is so pretty
blue is prettier than the sky
blue is water
blue is rain
blue is love
love is what blue gives to us
blue loves us


What is bitter?
by Bayleigh T.

purple is bitter
purple is a bruise
purple is a sound when grapes
cry boohoo
purple is a flavor of nasty, nasty things
purple is rust
purple sounds like boo
purple is love
that has been broken
purple is…

Ms. Lehner
 4th grade – Group 2

Red is nice, red is mean
by Jason H.

Is red nice? Is it mean?
People don’t know ’til they see
red is anger, but is anger mean?
It is both, listen
you will see
Anger protects but it harms
Which will it be? Ummm, let’s see.

You get angry and be mean
But others protect to seek freedom.

People say red is so what?
But when they really know
They think about it and say no.
When you think about it
It will be hard
But when you look 
It will be easy
So what is it?
Well, it is both.



“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.