Whisking and Mixing Recipe Poems

For our 14 sessions, I showed up on Tuesday instead of our usual Thursday – a fact that did not go unnoticed by Swift 2nd graders! I brought with me a few kitchen items, like measuring cups and spoons, a whisk, a cheese grater, and a cookbook that was given to me when I was about 7 years old. We discussed food preparations and then students wrote recipe poems.

Ms. Amato
2nd Grade

Ingredients for How to Do Gymnastics
by Moyo F.

You need 100 pounds of focus
You need 2 arms and legs
stirred in soup.
You need 500 bowls of talent
You need 3 pounds of friends
to help you.
This recipe is for people who
want to get good at gymnastics.
This recipe is for people who
struggle to get good at gymnastics
And one more thing: Never give up!


A Recipe to be the Best Basketball Player
by Jose R.

To be the best basketball player
you need to be as tall as
45 spoons and
30 gallons of milk’s worth of talent
and the last thing you need is to jump 4 cakes high
to reach the hoop.


How to Get Prizes
by Evlin A.

How to be the smartest in all the galaxies:
Mix 5 dollops of
homework, 2 teaspoons
of brains, 3 smidgens of teacher blend
in a blender
add one cup of good report cards
bring to a boil
put in four 2-foot rulers
then roast in 2 cups of dictionary
add 5 pencil sharpeners and
4 books.


How to Be the Best Soccer Player
by Shreyash C.

Mix 12 years of training
Stir 11 players in your team.
Put 3 World Cup Trophies.
Put at least
7 people on the bench
for backup and safety.


How to Be a Good Hairstylist
by Mishika S.

Mix 100 rubberbands
with infinity pieces of hair
Take one brush and some gel
roll it with some cute hair clips
heat with a hair dryer
and spray with hair spray.


Recipe for Winning a Soccer Game
by Dennis G.

You will need 5 nets
8 soccer balls
3 goals
1 Messi team rolling 5 nets.
Whisk in 8 soccer balls
Then pour 3 goals. Then you
win a soccer game.
Add people shouting “Messi!!”




“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.