Getting Back into Poetry with Monsters!

Happy New Year! 2nd graders at Swift kicked off 2022 by sharing things they are afraid of, and debating about whether or not monsters are real.  We had fun with Dennis Lee’s poem, “I Eat Kids, Yum, Yum,” paying attention to the voices speaking in the poem. Students from one classroom worked remotely and the other classroom only had 14 students, but we still had a highly creative day!


The Helping Monster
2nd Grade

(a group poem)

The Helping Monster likes to clean the city
It is brightly colored and furry
And soft.
It says:  “I’m the Helping Monster! I like to help! What do you need?”

The Helping Monster likes to help people who are sad or being bullied
The Helping Monster likes to clean toys and
fight bullies and says
“Stop being a bully and be kind!”

The Helping Monster likes to pick up trash
And carries heavy grocery bags
And give hungry people food
“I will bring you joy!” it says.

You can tell when it is coming because of its flower perfume smell.
It can help you with your homework!
It can help you cross the road!
The Helping Monster helps people carry heavy stuff!
The Helping Monster will come in your dream and save you!
It can help you write a poem!


Ms. Amato
2nd Grade


Chewing Gum Monster
Akira C.

I’m going to eat you!
I’m a loser
not a snoozer.
I’m silly
not frilly.
I’m a Dummy
I’m not crummy.


Love Monster
Hadley C.

Spreads joy everywhere
it will go.
It would cheer people
up. It smells like flowers,
It is very joyful.


The Snicker Monster
Conner R.

The snicker monster
eats snickers and
is made out of snickers
and makes a roaring


Dinosaur Monster
Jethro A.

I am doing dinosaur
monster. It would
fight people.
It is dangerous.
It makes a big
BOOM sound.


Burger Monster
Sophia H.

  • lives underground in dead basement
  • creepy
  • chomping talk
  • is tan, brown, red, green
  • bad guy
  • smells like rotten cheese
  • weapon:  BURGER EXPLOSION knife



“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.