Do You Have a Favorite Sound?

For my third sessions at Kozminski, 4th graders viewed a video of Theresa the Songbird performing her poem, “You So Black.” Students shared their favorite lines in the performance; and then we thought about using the senses of sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing, and feeling when writing poems.  One student recognized that onomatopoeia is when we imitate certain sounds when writing about them; for example: buzzzzz imitates the sound of a bee. From there, we wrote our own sound poems.

5th graders began exploring the idea of masks and the many reasons for wearing them. We looked at cultural masks from around the world, and then images of makeshift masks that people around the world created and wore during the beginning of the pandemic. We read and discussed the poems “Minstrel Man” by Langston Hughes, and “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, as an introduction to ideas for next week’s writing session.

Ms. Manning
4th Grade

Sounds I Love and sounds I hate
By Elijah Y.

I love the sound when a snake hisses
I love the sound when water is running
I hate the sound of people chewing with their mouth open
Crunch Crunch
I hate the sound when my cat meows
She won’t stop, she does it all night.


What I like to do outside
By Phoenix B.

I hear the wind going whoosh
when I go in the shade
I hear bees buzzing.
Sometimes it makes me run away
Because I am afraid of bees
Sometimes I hear people walking by
Their feet go bang bang bang
I hear birds chirping
I wonder what they are trying to say?
I hear raindrops sometimes going
Splat splat as they hit the ground


The sounds I love and hate
By Kaliyah K.

Things I love
I love the sound of calm music and I like when it’s silent in my house and I like video sounds.
I like the sound of ocean waves because the ocean waves crash on land and because I like swimming smoothly in the water. I like the sound of Ms. Manning’s alarm.

Things I Hate
I hate the sound of my little sister scratching the wall with her nails. 
I hate when my big sister plays loud music and when she gets mad at me for no reason.


Noises Of Technology
By Xion B.

I like the sound of the game I play on my computer
Epp skeepbede bop boop
I like when the sounds comes together
It makes a good song
I like the sound of keys playing like an 
Orchestra, the sounds to a Symphony.


I love to hear sounds
by Micaela A.

I hear puppies cry mmmm
I hear the school bells ring ringring
I hear Mom call me: “Micaela, come 
down to eat.”
I hate to hear people eating hard heg heg
I hear balls going boing boing boing
I like to hear puppies licking me licking licking

Things I hate and love
by Akole C.

I hate the sound of
people stomping.
I like the sound of
a door opening.
I like the sound of
pages flipping really fast.







“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.