“Winter Fun Stuff”

Our 2nd sessions this year coincided with International Assembly Day at Swift!  So many students were participating in cultural performances including dances, songs, and fashion presentations.  There was a lot going on, but we still managed to consider wintry things, before reading and discussing Nikki Giovanni’s “Winter Poem.” We then worked collaboratively to brainstorm ideas and make poems. Cheers!

Ms. Urquiza
2nd Grade

The magic of winter
My red cheeks and shivering
in my body

It is because the snow is cold
and freezing

we can build a snowman
and drink hot cocoa

me gusta comar mi
chocolate en la casa
we can drink hot cocoa
by a fire
with a blanket wrapped around us
and fall asleep 
after playing in the snow


Ms. Pendola
2nd Grade

When I close my eyes
I see winter things like white snow
and dirty snow
I wear all of my snow gear
and the snow is hard
perfect for making snowballs

When I close my eyes
I remember winter smells like warm cocoa
If your house has a chimney
you can have a fire in the fireplace
(but don’t let it burn Santa!)

Sometimes it is too cold to play outside
houses freeze, lakes and ponds freeze
the ground freezes

Melt it with fire
or hot water


Ms. Herlo
3rd Grade

Snow, Snow, Ice

If I was a snowman
people would build me

I slip and I slide and I
enjoy the snow

Ice skating is like sliding
very fast

I slip and I slide wildly like
an animal in the zoo

Winter is when radiators come on
It makes a sound like mmmmm
It hisses and makes me feel hot
burning like fire
in an oven


Ms. Reed
3rd Grade

Winter time is when we drink 
hot stuff
we can open presents on Christmas
we can drink hot cocoa with
Christmas tree marshmallows
get cozied-up and watch Christmas movies
when it’s cold
getting computer games updated so
you can have more fun

decorating Christmas trees 
makes us feel happy, festive, fun, joyful,
like to make Christmas cookies 
and gingerbread
 smells good fresh out of the oven

Students suggested the following titles for this poem:  “Winter Breaks,” “Winter Fun Stuff,” “A Bunch of Stuff You Can Do in Winter,” and “How to Get Ready for Christmas”




“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.