Simile poems

Our inquiry “in your own words” is an oral and written language focused concept for the school.

The focus is about students sharing their experiences in their own words using descriptive language. Ultimately Room 5 aims to present some of our poems to the school community later in the term at our Celebration Day around the concept “Our People”.

This has provided Room 5 students with the opportunity to create our own poems. Poetry encourages kids to play with language and words. When reading poetry, they hear how words can be moved and stretched to rhyme, and when they write poetry, they're doing the same.

Seven reasons why children need to read and write poems...

1. Poetry helps build early literacy skills. It really does. Rhyme, rhythm, and sound are emphasised in poems. 

2. Poetry helps kids develop their memory and brain power -- nursery rhymes and songs, especially. 

3. Poetry encourages kids to play with language and words. When reading poetry, they hear how words can be moved and stretched to rhyme, and when they write poetry, they’re doing the same.

4. Poetry helps emerging readers. Often, emerging readers are not as intimidated when reading poetry because many poems are short and sweet. The rhyme helps with figuring out words, as does the rhythm.

5. Poetry, especially in songs and rap (check for parental advisory), is great for reluctant readers. When kids realize that songs and rap are forms of poetry, they’re often all of a sudden interested in reading.

6. Poetry gives all kids an outlet for sharing their thoughts, ideas, and feelings -- especially tweens and teens. 

7. Poetry is fun. Poetry is funny. Poetry makes kids laugh. In the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report, they found that the majority of kids ages 6–17 (70%) say they want books that “make me laugh.” Kids also want books that “let me use my imagination” (54%). Poetry can do that. (Scholastics)

A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two things. Similes differ from other metaphors by highlighting the similarities between two things using comparison words such as "like" or "as".

Room 5 wrote their own Autumn leaf poems. First, they described what their leaf looked like - colour and shape. Next, the students described what their leaf felt like (smooth, rough, soft, hard). Finally, they described what their leaf sounded like when it fell from the tree and also what it sounded like when someone stepped on it.

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Some of the Room 5 students Autumn Leaf Poems:

My leaf is green like a green table. It is shaped like a diamond with spikes. My leaf feels pointy like a spiky hedgehog. My leaf feels like a bumpy elephant. My leaf sounds quiet like a rabbit when it falls from the tree. It is as loud as a racing car when I stand on it. By Benjamin

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My leaf is as red as anger. It is the shape of a diamond. It is also the colour of a juicy tomato. My leaf feels smooth like glass. It is as smooth as a sparkly whiteboard. My leaf sounds quiet like a black ant when it is falling to the ground. It is as loud as a person tap dancing when I stand on it. By Leela

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My leaf is yellow like a hot sun. It is as yellow as a sunflower. My leaf feels smooth like a whiteboard. It is as smooth as the blue bars. My leaf sounds quiet like a star when it falls from the tree. It is as loud as a motorbike when I stand on it. By Andi

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My leaf is green like grass. It is as green as a recycling bin. It feels hard like a rock. It is as hard as a volcanic rock. My leaf sounds quiet like a mouse when it falls from the tree. It is loud as a car when I stand on it. By Cameron

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The next challenge was to use the poetry skills the students had developed to write a poem about one of our native neighbours. First they labelled the parts of the Tui’s body and described what they looked like. Next the students described what the Tuis feathers, beak and claws felt like (smooth, rough, soft, hard). Finally we watched a video which helped us to describe what the Tui song sounded like. The students came up with adjectives such as knocky, whistly, and woody.

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Some of the Room 5 students Tui Simile Poems:

The tuis feathers are blue like the river. It’s tuff is as white as a bunny. The tuis beak is as yellow as a sunflower. My tuis feathers feel soft like a soft blanket. Its beak and claws are hard as a rock. The tuis song sounds woody like someone cutting a forest tree. It is as clever as a fluffy cat. By Briez

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The tuis feathers are blue like a lake. It’s tuff is as white as snow. Its claws are sharp like a sword. My tuis feathers feel soft and fluffy like a bunny tail. Its beak and claws are as hard as a smooth rock. The tuis song sounds whistly like a horse kicking the ground. It is as clever as a tiger. By Laura

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The tuis feathers are brown like a worm. It’s tuff is as white as snow. The tuis beak is as sharp as a knife. My tuis feathers feel fluffy like my cats fur. Its beak and claws are as hard as concrete. The tuis song sounds whistly like the wind. It is as clever as a motorbike. By Carter

The tuis feathers are brown like pieces of wood. Its beak is yellow like an autumn leaf. Its claws as sharp as a triangle sled. Its tuff us as white as snow. My tuis feathers feel soft and fluffy like a cat's fur. Its beak and claws are hard as a plastic world ball. The tuis song sounds woody like a tree getting chopped down. It is as clever as a person doing motocross because motocross people are clever as. By Tane

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The children in Room 5 are now crafting their Superhero poems and Speeches that they will share with others during the final weeks of this term.

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Keywords: Structured Literacy, Oral Language, Simile, Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs, Word wheels, klines, sentence starters,

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