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Acrostic, Haiku, Cinquain: Let's Celebrate with a Poem

Good Morning Watershed Explorers,

April is National Poetry Month. I didn't know this, but apparently National Poetry Month was introduced in 1996 to bring further awareness to and create an appreciation for poetry in the United States. As many of you know, one of the pieces you were working on as part of your macro-invertebrate projects was either a poem, song or rap about your critter. Since we can't be together, I would love if you would write a poem for National Poetry Month about something we learned about this year and email it to me. I will share those that I receive so that others can read your work.

Poems create a wonderful visual through words. Reading a poem about natural places, creatures, plants, and objects can make you feel as though you are in that place or have those items right in front of you. One of my favorite nature poems is called, "Listen for Me" and is in the book, Song of the Water Boatman, which I have mentioned before and even read to some of you in class. Here it is for your reading pleasure:

I just love the rhythm in this poem, it's so good you can almost sing it! Remember our Wastewater Diddy and Watershed Explorer Theme Song? Those are poems that I put to music to educate about those topics! I really hope some of you will take the poem challenge. I know how creative you are and I know that you can come up with some awesome work to share.

I will leave you with two Haikus, remember Haikus have 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 in the third. Matsuo Basho is noted as being the originator of Haiku and wrote more than 1000 poems in his lifetime. Haikus are usually about nature or involve some natural or weather-related references.

Peepers out all night

Love their little melodies

Wish to hold one close

Miss you all today

Sending you positive vibes

Hope I see you soon

Much Love,

Mrs. Morissette