“Max” by Jeanie Axton

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The frost was glistening on the grass

when Max went out to pee

He trotted to the frozen lawn

and sank down to his knees

 

Max slipped then slid while yelping

veering left and skidding right

Landing at the picket fence

he gave himself a fright

 

Alas! Poor Max was stuck like glue

he couldn’t move or pee

Jammed firmly on the frosty post

for all the world to see

“Scoot Scoot” by Jeanie Axton

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Scoot Scoot

Said the scooter

Shining in the sun

Time for me

To have some fun

 

Zoom Zoom

Said the scooter

Rider and helmet ready

Today we go fast

But take it steady

 

Whoosh Whoosh

Said the scooter

Down the street

Feet on kickboard

Who can we beat?

 

Zip Zip

Said the scooter

What a fun day

Zooming along

Smiling all the way

 

Jump Jump

Said the scooter

Trying a trick

Up in the air

And down real quick

 

Ring Ring

Said the scooter

A loud ring of the bell

Turn and head back

All is well

 

Yawn Yawn

Said the scooter

I’ve had a big day

Time to go home

Slowly make my way

 

Shuffle Shuffle

Said the scooter

Trudging back to the shed

Time for scooters

To be in scooter bed

 

 

Snooze Snooze

Said the scooter

Snoring away

Dreaming of tomorrow

Another scooter day

 

(Toy Chest Anthology 2017)

“What will I write of next?” by Jeanie Axton

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The pen flew up in the air

A pencil followed next

the stapler did a little jig

across the writing desk

 

The ruler stomped his wooden feet

A window opened wide

Then all the pretty writing paper

rose up and blew outside

 

The writer sat and pondered

What will I write of next?

With all this chaos going on

here on my writing desk

“Planet of the Dogs” by Jeanie Axton

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Reverse our worlds

and you will see

That you dear human

can learn from me

 

A few simple commands

will have it down pat

Human Obedience class

get it right, get a pat

 

Here’s our training

my faithful friend

Planned by me

from start to end

 

Command 1: Get up

 

Get up Get up

sleepy head

The sun is up

get out of bed

 

Command 2: Walk

 

Walk time next

but no doggy lead

I’m ready now

and will not plead

 

Command 3: Heel

 

Heel no way

let me run

Training a human

is lots of fun

 

Command 4: Stop

 

Stop right now

yes at that tree

Every day

for my morning pee

 

Command 5: Talk

 

Talk to me

say nice things

I’m a good boy

among other things

 

Command 6: Sit

 

Sit on down

in front of me

Scratch my belly

if you please

 

Command 7: Wait

 

Sit there nicely

wait for a command

I may have a snooze

don’t be alarmed

 

Command 8: Drop it

 

Drop the book

you now are reading

Observe my eyes

see them pleading

 

Command 8: Bark

 

One bark means bacon

two barks a meat pie

Three barks a lie down

then a contented sigh

 

Command 9: Couch

 

Shift over a bit

I need more space

And a lambs wool rug

in my comfy place

 

Command 10: Bed

 

No longer I’ll sleep

in a box outdoors

Or in the winter

on the cold laundry floor

 

Command 11: Move over

 

Move over move over

on our king size bed

Let me stretch out

and please scratch my head

 

Command 12: I love you

 

I love our routine

Commands to impart

Human being playmates

Are really very smart

“Sharpen Up Mr Squiggle” by Jeanie Axton

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Sharpen Up Mr Squiggle

 

After 60 years of drawing

his nose was all but blunt

So our famous Mr Squiggle

went on a sharpener hunt

 

He took his rocket to the moon

with Blackboard and Miss Jane

They found a big red sharpener

and his pencils sharp again

 

‘The knitters’ club’ by Jeanie Axton

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The knitters’ club

 

Eight year olds

With needles in hand

Wool under arms

A little craft band

Sit in a circle

At lunch break

On the oval

Life is great

This craft of old

It will never die

With these mini grannies

Knitting on high

“Earthworms” by Elizabeth Cummings with Teacher Notes

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EARTHWORMS

 

 

Earthworm, you burrower extraordinaire

How can you stand to live down there

With no arms of legs in the soil so dark?

With your one cylindrical digestive tract

You move with the muscles that you contact

To make your body first short then long

And those bristles help propel you along

Through leaf litter, topsoil or deeper down

You help to mix up the stuff in the ground

This makes you the base of many a food chain

Yet your many skills are the environment’s gain

Your talent with organic matter is biological

And mixing tall the nutrients is a flair so chemical

Then there’s your physical ability of aerating

So the soil ecosystem’s restoration you’re helping

Thus let’s take some time to show a bit of gratitude

For how you improve the quality of our food!

 

 

Worms both disgust and fascinate me! I remember my brother holding a worm in his hands as a toddler and exclaiming; ‘One worm two worms!’ as he pulled it part😱. After that I had nightmares about worms for years until one of my pupils brought a worm farm into the class and taught us all about he important work of the humble earthworm… a teacher can always learn from their students!

Elizabeth Cummings 

 

Teacher Notes by Jeanie Axton:

Read this poem to the class a few times and then ask a student to write key words on the whiteboard. As a class research and make a timeline of life in the worm farm. Look at how worms are a sign of a healthy garden and how worm tea helps condition soil and grow healthy plants.

If your really brave have a “Bring your gumboots day” and go out and collect worms to bring back to the classroom. Watch how they move and write a worm poem.

Remember to take the worms back to where you got them after the lesson. They belong in the environment.