We are continuing our study of poets and their poetry, poetic devices, and types of poems. Yesterday, we sat in a circle and I led the children in a sound making experience using our bodies - first we rubbed our hands together slowly, then faster. I then started clicking my fingers slowly, and then faster. Finally we started stomping our feet and patting our legs loudly. I asked what the sounds reminded the students of, and after a few good guesses, Maddy said, "Rain!" We described a storm without any words!
The children then told me made-up words to describe each motion, like shoo shoo shoo for the rubbing of our hands (or drizzling rain). After I wrote all their words on the board, I read it back and it was a POEM! We named it, "The Sounds of a Storm".
Today we continued with this theme and brainstormed a bunch of onomatopoeia words for animals, food, weather, mechanical, fast motion, fighting and musical. Before long, we had a blackboard full words like Zip, Tweet, Yip and Honk! From these words, I encouraged all to write a poem, rhyming or non-rhyming, using some onomatopoeia.
Here is Owen's poem for your enjoyment:
A kick missed my face and
Crash! Lighting strikes, almost hitting me
Slam! Pow! Kaboom! Bam!