What’s on the Menu? 2nd Grade Recipe Poems

As distance learning continues, we’ve concocted more word play by using the language of recipes to create poems that imagine things such as: how to make a friend laugh, how to bounce on a cloud, and how to be an artist.  Before whipping up their own recipe poems, Swift 2nd graders read and discussed the poem “How to Make a Friend” by Lacey Van Lear – who was a 2nd grader at Swift last year.

Ms. Popovic
2nd Grade 

How to be kind
Ahmed G.

give 5 spoons of smiles with some popcorn.

Tell your friend to follow me and go to a store
buy popcorn for your friend
And if he does not want to play games
if he wants to play
go play with your friend
Be kind
if you are mad come down
say I can do it, I can do it.

Be safe
be kind
listen to family if you are a kid
go to school listen to your teacher

The end


How to Make a Planet/Gingerbread house
Princeshikha K.

First, wet with 2 spoons of water
Then, add 1 cup of candy grass and Chocolate trees,
And don’t forget a gallon of cotton candy air!
Next, Stir them up really good until beautiful
Sweet Land appears,
And add 5 liters of animals
and doughnut Humans called Latirs.
Last, add a pinch of marshmallow Species
And you’ve got yourself a gingerbread planet!


How to make a cupcake
Apara S.

First add 5 cups of kindness.
Mix the 5 cups of kindness into a bowl.
Pour them in an empathy bowl.
Cook it into a nice oven with a sweet smell.
Say some strong word spells.
Take the empathy bowl of kindness flavor out of the nice sweet smelling oven.
The kindness flavor will be hot.
Put it into a cover that says kindness.
When you put it, put it to an oven again
wait until it gets a little hard.
Now you have a kindness cupcake.
Enjoy it!


How to make god happy
Aradhya P.

First, 2 times of praying
Add 9 butter cups of spreading the gospel
Mix until he’s happy.
Next 10 Tablespoons of
Spending time with him.
Then put a Sparkle of faith.
2 hours of reading the bible
Mix again with love.
Lastly, make sure he’s very happy.
And then you made him happy.


How to make your friend  laugh
Sijan A.

Think 5 jokes in your head
And when your
Friend comes
Up to
You tell
Him the
And he
May laugh.


How to go to the zoo
Ashritha K.

First, fill your car with 200 Grams of gas
then see if it is working.
Second, you will mix with Google maps.
Search for the zoo you want, like Lincoln Park Zoo.
And it will fill your heart with happiness.
Don’t forget to act like the animal you see.
Hi, I am a Flamingo!


how to make your mom happy
Bryan F.

First get 5 spoons with love.
Then clean your desk with jokes.
Clean the floor with a good sweep
Let your mom rest and clean the house with a sweep.
Lastly, when you are done, give your mom a big kiss and she will be happy.


How to do Your Morning routine
Sanvi D.

First, wake up early in the morning.
Take 1 tablespoon of toothpaste
And squeeze it into your brush.
Then take 1 cup of water
And wash up your mouth.
Then relax and warm up.
Don’t forget to eat your breakfast.
Now you are ready to go outside
And ride your bike.


How to grow your dog
Union M.

Take 12 hours of yawning and Mix
5 cups of love
Add some patience and wait for a month till your dog  grows up
6 cups of
Play time like: throw a stick or throw a bone to have joy
Mix 8 cups of energy and walk your dog.


How to be a Teacher
Gustavo S. M.

Mix 25 years of joy for learning
Add 12 cups of energy and many books to read
Pour 9 cups of long writings
Put 100 students work to be checked
Sprinkle with straight As!

Ms. Amato
2nd Grade

How to write a poem together
by Monday Morning Poets

The first thing you want to do is brainstorm together
You will need a gallon of words
You will need to think about what your poem will say
Think about it for 30 seconds before you flip it on the skillet
Pour 3 cups of imagination to make it crispy
Look around you and find something salty –
Like the ocean! to put in the pan
Take a spatula and cook the words on low heat
(so it won’t burn)
Serve it to a sheet of paper
with syrup and a drink of punctuation
Like periods, commas, and exclamation points!


Recipe for Cooking Fairytales
by Monday Morning Poets

First, take 2 to 3 characters who have a problem
Add some cinnamon sugar and butter
And half a sour apple
Stir it into a house that is tall and sits on a cloud
The house has a magical slide that makes you slide down really fast
Whisk 2 problems together
In a bowl before pouring
Into a medium-sized pan
Keep stirring until the characters learn the lesson





“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.