“Spring Whether” by Kristin Martin

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Spring Whether

The weather in Springtime is very uncertain.

It can’t decide whether it’s hot or it’s cold.

It doesn’t know whether to pour or to sprinkle

or whether to simply keep raindrops on hold.

 

The weather in Springtime is quite indecisive,

and that’s why you’ll find in a week, or a day,

it’ll rain and be sunny and cold and too hot.

We never know whether we’ll go out to play!

 

This poem was first published in The Caterpillar, Issue 20, Spring 2018. (As this is an Irish publication, their Spring edition was published in March.)

The poem also appears on my website, http://kristinmartin.net

kristin@kristinmartin.net

 

“A Spring Thing” by JR Poulter with Teacher Notes

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Teacher Notes and Activities  by J.R.Poulter

 

The Seasons have been the inspiration for many poets over the years.

The earliest that I know of, is the beautiful passage of poetry  in the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, verses 1 to 8, that begins –

“To everything there is a season,”

This passage, in its turn, inspired the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!”  sung by The Seekers in 1964, The Byrds in 1965, Mary Hopkin in 1968 and, most recently, by Bruce Springsteen in 2008. The song, which is poetry set to music, was written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s.

Activity: Find at least two other modern songs that speak about the seasons.

 

Spring and Summer generally evoke joyous poems that celebrate the coming of new life.

Autumn and Winter generally evoke feelings of loss, sorrow, longing…

Activity: Find a poem  for each season that reflects the more traditional feelings associated with that season.

Activity: Write a short poem, a quatrain or a haiku, that reflects the opposite of the traditional view of each season. For example, spring might be sneezin’ season, summer might be ‘all hot’n bother,’ autumn could be a celebration of its fiery colours, winter could be all about enjoying winter sports.

 

Spring Thing” talks about the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring.

How do you know this?

Activity:  List at least two phrases or lines that suggest Winter and another two phrases or lines that suggest Spring.

 

Activity: Find examples of the following poetic devices in the poem, “Spring Thing.”

Metaphors,
Transferred epithet
Alliteration
Lines with internal rhyme

 

“Fields of Spring” by Dianne Bates

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Fields of Spring

 

A wilderness of tea-trees

In our paddock playground

One free day in the midst of childhood

A day filled with everything

 

We are wild things,

Charging, ducking, hiding,

Flies swamping our sweaty faces

 

A dove, startled, flies up and

Petals fall like a sprinkle of rain

As we play

Cowboys and Indians

With imaginary guns

Bang! Bang! You’re dead!

 

Falling to the ground face-up

Wisps of clouds slide above

As if breathing in and out.

 

© Dianne Bates

 

“A spring in your step” by James Aitchison

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A spring in your step

 

Boing boing,

Spring’s in the air!

Boing boing,

Spring’s ev’rywhere!

 

 

Blossoms spring out,

Boing boing!

Bulbs are in bloom,

Boing boing!

Winter has gone,

boing boing —

It’s spring, it’s spring,

boing BOING!

 

“Mr Snufflesworse’s sniffles” by James Aitchison

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Mr Snufflesworse’s sniffles

Mr Snufflesworse

is in a bad way.

He caught a cold

the other day.

Despite taking pills,

it won’t go away!

 

When he blows his nose

the bed rocks and shakes.

Boogers come out

as long as snakes,

and when he sneezes,

the whole street awakes.

 

His sinuses are

chock-a-block with muck —

there’s enough snot

to fill a truck.

And here comes more phlegm —

Yuck yuck yuck yuck YUCK!

 

“Buried Treasure” by Monty Edwards

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If you ever have the pleasure

To uncover buried treasure,

Then I hope that you will keep my needs in mind.

Since I’m just a poor old poet

And I don’t care if you know it,

Just as long as you are generous and kind.

 

Though my poems can be funny

They don’t earn me lots of money,

So I’ll thank you for whatever you can spare.

Or instead just take a look

At “The Mystery Box”, my book,

For it may be you will find some treasure there.

 

“Buried Treasure” by Celia Berrell

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An oak tree needs its acorns to

be planted in the forest soil.

But all it does is drop them on

the ground where they could quickly spoil.

An acorn is the oak tree’s fruit

containing seed and fatty food,

a kind of nut that bugs can drill

to lay their eggs where they can brood.

 

But once that acorn nut is used

by moths to make their baby’s home

the seed inside that acorn can

no longer live and can’t be grown.

Now squirrels are most passionate

about these tasty acorn nuts.

They eat them in large quantities

with cheeks so full they’re fit to bust!

They pick the perfect acorns last

and hide them in the forest soil,

returning in the winter-time

to dig them up and eat a meal.

But squirrels sometimes make mistakes,

forgetting where they buried some,

and so those planted acorns get

to grow as oak trees in the sun.

from “The Science Rhymes Book”

 

 

“Sally’s Treasure” by Pat Simmons

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Sally’s Treasure

Sally McPhee’s a collector of keys.

She keeps them concealed in a drawer.

Some she has found just lying around.

But several she stole from next door.

 

She has keys that fit windows

and keys for the shed.

She’s got keys for a diary

she hasn’t yet read.

 

She has keys for a money box

owned by her brother.

And keys for the Volvo,

misplaced by her mother.

 

She has keys for a tool box,

her father’s great treasure.

To see him in search mode

gives Sally such pleasure.

 

She has keys that are ancient

and keys that are new.

Well, people are careless,

that’s Miss Sally’s view.

 

Sally McPhee’s a collector of keys.

She keeps them concealed in a drawer.

Her intention is clear.

That year after year,

she’s  going to collect hundreds more.

 

Teacher Notes: by Jeanie Axton

What are the keys to engage children with poetry?

Check out this site especially the “Ten Top Tips to Engage Kids with Poetry” 

https://www.thebookchook.com/2014/04/ten-top-tips-to-engage-kids-with-poetry.html

There is even a link to The Australian Children’s Poetry website.

 

“Find Your Treasure” by Stephanie Boase

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Find Your Treasure
What hidden treasures
Lie beneath the cover of this book?
Anticipation fills me up
As I carefully open it
To take a sneaky look.
Interest peeks
As I peruse
The Contents Page and more
The blurb is certainly enticing me;
That’s one thing I can say for sure!
What hidden treasures lie
Between the pages of this book?
I’ll just have a little read;
And then a little more.
The treasure I’m uncovering
Is dazzling, for sure.
And now I’m being drawn
Like a fish upon a hook,
Deeper down into the depths
Of this amazing book!