Inside, Under, and All Around

For our 8th sessions, Swift 2nd graders read the tiny poem “What’s Under the Sky” by Kathi Mitchell and “Inside My Shoe” written by yours truly. We talked about the things that are inside, next to, and on top of other things.  Students in Ms. Amato’s class shared that they are memorizing poems and writing color poems with Ms. Amato for their poetry study unit, and I was so enthralled listening to what they had to say!

Ms. Urquiza
2nd Grade

Abdul A.

Inside the box is diamonds
they are big and all the colors
of the rainbow.
Inside the rainbow is money
money for me to help the world
and I buy games for my friends.


Laura K.

Wrapped in my blanket
are my plushies
feeling happy
wrapped in happiness
me and my plushies go to bed
wrapped in my dreams are
nightmares that
make me feel
kind of scared.


Mobin M.

Inside the box is a mini T.V.
and a PS5
inside the PS5 is a computer
the computer makes a sound like
beep pup!
inside the computer is an elf
who wears a sonic costume
he is trying to make the PS5
computer better.

Ms. Amato
Grade 2

Collaborative Brainstorm and Poem

inside of a box is mystery
next to the tree is a little squirrel
on top of the shelf is Candyland
over the moon is a bunch of bunnies
wrapped up in my arms is a snake
wrapped up in a blanket is a Squishmellow
under the umbrella is a box of food
inside my imagination is donuts
inside my family is love
inside my pencil are sweets


Inside our imagination
is donuts
they have icing and sprinkles on top
and taste yummy.

Inside our imagination
is 1000 cats and 1000 dogs
they are finally getting along.

Inside our imagination
is a house and
inside the house is a tropical beach
people are swimming
in a milk chocolate ocean
where chocolate cake boats
float by.

In the ocean are fish made of
coconuts, mangoes, and peppermint
and the sand is golden sugar
some people are wearing crocs
and playing
with a volleyball made of gumdrops
the palm trees are made of
coconut water and strawberry ice cream

The beach is chocolate
and its melting.





“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.