The Witch’s Recipe

It’s spooky season at Hale Elementary so we decided to write some scary poems! This week, we continued to practice the concept of imagery by pretending to be witches! The students wrote vivid descriptions for all the various ingredients needed to make a potion.


The Potion

by Ava P., Ava F., Annabella, Alexcia, and Olivia

4th grade


Making a potion!

Making a potion!


What do I need?


Making a potion!

Making a potion!


What do I need?


Poisoned hemlock whiter than paper

A newt with circled patterns

Shells that are very lump and bumpy

Yellow eyes of a werewolf

A rough beak

Smelly skeleton feet like pumpkin guts

Howls at night in the moonlight

The smells of poisoned hemlock like lysol

A newt that tastes like a bitter, sour apple

An ugly head with cracked teeth in a jar

A black feather

Seashells that taste like rocky road ice cream

The sounds of the waves moving up and down

Skeleton eye sockets

Slimy goo from a newt

A raven that smells like dirt

A werewolf’s nose that can smell a hundred miles away

Crushed skeleton bones

Shells that smell like an ocean breeze

The cracking eggs of a newt

Poisoned hemlock that has 1000 little screams


Now using my leather-bound spellbook

I stir

And stir

And stir!


And now

I’m rich!



With a bunch of candy

pink and white

that crackles in my mouth

and smells like caramel

and breaks up into tiny pieces

like slime!



“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.