Coming to the Board

This week some Swift 2nd graders listened to the book, All Because You Matter by Tami Charles; while others explored pages of Imagine A World by Ron Gonsalves.  Whether talking about how each of us is valuable and important, or “donning our imagination hats,” students expressed their love and creativity in group discussions.  Because they enjoyed the exercise of having individual students come to the board to dictate new original poems that I wrote on the board for them, we continued that process during our most recent session. One group composed poems inspired by thinking about things that are important to them, while the other group continued with ideas generated from our exploration of whatifs. Enjoy!

Ms. Popovic
2nd Grade

Pratiksha P.

My sister is important to me
because I always like to play with her
and teach her new things.
Her name is Pranshi.
Her brown eyes are like chocolate.
When I make a fort she likes to come in it.
It makes me feel happy.


Folayeni I.

My sister is important to me.
She lives in Nigeria and I miss her.
When my mom calls her I play
with her on the phone.
I call her “Yetudey.”
She likes wearing nice dresses
and taking photos, like me.
I feel happy and excited when
I get to talk to her.
She lives with my grandma.
We both like to play dress-up.


Juan D.

My dog is important to me.
Her name is Blue.
We always play together.
She always destroys things from the house,
like dog houses.
She is my friend.  She has blue
eyes. Her eyes are blue like the ocean.


Prashun M.

My comic books are important to me
because I like reading them.
Some are funny.
Some have nice illustrations.
My mind goes inside the comic
book. It feels like I am
one of the characters.

Ms. Amato
2nd Grade

A pencil that plays sonic
Quinn K.

A pencil that plays sonic
feels like it could beat the game.
It clicks the button with its eraser.
After it beats the game
it flops on the ground
and turns into a normal pencil.


Words that have parties
Hadley C.

They invite punctuation to
dance and play with them.
They have chocolate cake and cupcakes
For game day, they make sentences
with their friends.
For other parties, they dress up
in cursive letters.


A boy that turns invisible when he is scared
George I.

His name is Ohkey.
He lives in the world in 4041
Where robotic monsters eat
humans to survive.
hokey is alone. There is only one human
in each state.
When he saw a human being eaten
his legs turned invisible, and then his whole body.
He tip-toed out of the place because
you might still hear his footsteps.




“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.