We’re not kidding about Kenning poetry

For their seventeenth week of poetry, Hale 3rd-5th grade poets discovered Kenning poetry. Kenning is a word that’s created from putting two unrelated words together. On Tuesday we read my own poem titled, “Joy,” where I used kenning words to describe myself: Uno Master/ Nerd Defender/ Poetry Princess. Students wrote their own kenning words to describe themselves, then we mixed them up, and tried to guess which words belong to who.

On Wednesday we read a kenning riddle by Mark Garry. Garry used kenning words to describe a mysterious animal. Quiet Prowler/ Chicken Stealer/ Hunter Dasher. Hale 4th grader Ferderico R. correctly guessed that the mystery animal was a fox!

Inspired by Mark Garry, students wrote their own kenning riddles. See if you can solve them! The answers to the riddles are below.


Ms. Degiulio’s After School
3rd-5th Grade


Pin drop
Curly hair
Hears things
Tell’s secrets.
Brown hair.
Makes a “opp” sound.

-Riddle by Ava F. and Alexcia S.


Deer hunter
Mane king
Pinkachu eater
Jungle cat

-Riddle by Jayce L. 


Most Time, Smelly Mutt
Your second guardian
Your own guard that doesn’t make you pay
Night howler
Loyal friend

-Riddle Federico R. and Evan Q. 




Riddle Answers: 1. Delores (from Encanto), 2. Lion, and 3.Dog





“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.