“Friday Freewrites! Part One”

For our final January poetry sessions at Swift Elementary School we had a fine time reading and listening to a variety of poems. We looked and listened to poems written by other students collected in a book called Kids’ Poems by Regie Routman; and we read poems and enjoyed illustrations by Yayo from I am the Book with poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Many students were eager to read their own original poems to their classmates, and so we enjoyed great sharing time. In Ms. Amato’s class, students looked over the collection of poems that are beginning to grow in their Poetry Folders. And when I came into Ms. Popovic’s classroom many students were involved in research on animals. When I told students that they could create a poem on the topic of their choice, using as few or as many lines as they desired, it was a joy to be in the midst of their creative energy! Some students wrote poems about the animals they were learning about.  Some wrote acrostic poems with Ms. Popovic.  There were so many great efforts! I’ve decided to publish eight of those poems in this post, and next week I will publish eight more, so be sure to return for Part Two!

Ms. Amato
2nd Grade

Nav R.

Magic is in my home!
Magic is outside.
Magic is in the cars!
Magic is in my body! and I
have a magic power.


The Letter
Anjel S.

The letter is like a card
The stamp is lovely as a
very kind heart.
Whatever the letter
says I know it is very lovely.
It’s from grandma she sent
me a rose just in that letter
and the rose it has all of
her love in it for me.


Serge B.

A dark    A dark
scary day  the
cloud starts to
lightning star
ch   ch   ch


Ethan B.

Spiderman spits spiders
Spying on Scorpion
Spiderman spews spider webs from
his wrist
stopping stones Spiderman goes
Super slow stopping a truck
Soaring Spiderman soars through deep
Blue night sky


Ms. Popovic
2nd Grade

Esteban C.

Every day
Talks to
But on Saturday
And Sunday
Nermin is the only one.


My Mom
Khaliani M.

My mom is a police
She works very hard
I feel sad because
She might get hurt


My Book
Alina P.

When you open up me you will
see a magic land with some fairies
inside.  I will also have some chapters
inside of me.  I also am a picture
book you will discover a lot of
things inside me and you can
see so much in me.



Yaretzi G.

Elizabeth is nice and sweet
When I am lonely in the park
she comes to me.  When I am
sad she comes to me and says
are you okay? She’s as caring as
my mom.  When it is summer
I go to her house to play.
Her parents are so nice as
well.  Most of the time I don’t
go to her house.  She has black
hair, black eyes, black boots, a colorful
shirt, gray pants with zebras.  She’s
really funny.  I love being her
best friend!


















“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.