Making Poppies with Pa
I traced the outline:
5 perfect petals
on the shiny red metal sheet.
Pa used the tin snips
snip, snip, snip
to carefully cut around the shape.
Together we hammered the petals up
one at a time.
“It looks like a leaky cup!” I laughed.
Then I sprayed
one puff of black
into the flower’s centre.
Pa attached the wire stem
and handed it to me
like it was a long-stemmed rose.
But when I carried our poppy outside
and proudly placed it in the new-turned dirt
Pa began to cry.
He knelt down so I could hug him tight
“I hope you never know what war really means.”
Teacher Notes by Jeanie Axton
Read this poem to the students then get them to make poppies.
On each leaf write words that relate to Remembrance Day.
Display the poppies then ask the students to write down one word from each persons poppy.
Can they write a poem with the words they have collected?
Write and Share
Here is a poppy template