Author Archives: Diane Anderson (newtreemom)

We Didn’t Get Recess!

It was a field trip day today. The third grade went to the zoo. Walk, walk, walk. Ooooh! It’s seals! Walk, walk, walk. Put your hand in the water, keep it still. Use just two fingers…touch a shark! Walk, walk … Continue reading

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Celebrating Poetry

The Panther Poets (8 girls and 1 boy- unfortunately due to an unexpected thunderstorm our one boy arrived too late) performed today at our district Multicultural Festival (today was the 31st!). The poetry we presented: Langston Hughes- Dreams, The Dream … Continue reading

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They’re Slithering through the Halls

A little slice from the school day… Our social worker was seen leading a kindergarten class through the hallways from one side of the building, where she picked them up from music, to the other side of the building, where … Continue reading

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Poem for My Friend

She lies in a hospital bed Tired from the battle Yet still seeking strength To keep fighting, to live on Enduring the indignities Her disease has brought Still seeking strength To keep fighting, to live on Hoping her struggle Will … Continue reading

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Celebrating Sweet Moments Here and There

We started testing on a Wednesday, continued every day through the next whole week, and wrap on Monday. Testing with two groups takes the whole morning every day, and most afternoons have been filled with make-up tests for kids who … Continue reading

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Feeding a Horse

Pick some grass Hold your hand flat Feel soft warm breath Warm wet tongue… Delight! Inspired by Laura Purdue Salas- 15 Words or Less Poems

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A Rhyme Gone Wrong

Like many teachers, I have been doing poetry writing with students recently since April is Poetry Month. We often start with a discussion of the question “What is poetry?” Rhyming always comes up. Someone will say poems have to rhyme, … Continue reading

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