“Trees Are Like Old Grandparents”

When I arrived to work with Shoesmith 4th graders, they were enjoying having a Q & A (Question & Answer) period with donors who had brought them a gift of books!! We talked about the pleasure of having our very own books and tried to imagine a world without them. Some students shared their plans for the weekend; and then we got down to the business of discussing comparisons. We began to brainstorm using the same prompts, yet aiming to create something different from other classmates. Enjoy some of comparisons students made by examining things for similarities in color, shape, size, idea, smell, and texture.

Ms. Lehner
4th Grade – Group 1

Group Brainstorm included:

My eyes are like a brown bench in the park.
My eyes are like a wet map.
My eyes are like cycles.
Trees are like ice cream cones.
A cup of hot chocolate is like lava.
My smile is like a slice of cantaloupe, carrot, or orange crush.


Trees are like old grandparents (collaborative poem-in-progress)

some trees are like old grandparents
standing for a long time, maybe forever
surviving even when their leaves fall off
some have skinny legs
with wrinkly brown hard skin
their branches are like arms
becoming more flexible
as they get older
their roots are connected and help the other trees.


4th Grade – Group 2

Group Brainstorm included:

My eyes are like a dark sky.
My eyes are like a tiger roaring.
My smile is like a slice of salami.
Trees are like lettuce.
Trees are like tall skinny arms.
A cup of hot chocolate is like a blanket.
A cup of hot chocolate is like a hot hug.
A rock is like my little brother’s head.
My shoes are like a smell of cheese.


La’Wonn J.

My shoes are like mud.
My eyes ares like a black dot in the center of a piece of paper.
Trees are like a long piece of broccoli.







“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.