After some revisions and editing, I type the poems for my students onto a single piece of paper. Then I give them a second sheet of paper to illustrate their poem. Finally, we mount the pages and combine everything into one entertaining class book! Here are some completed poems:
Another benefit to this project is your students can really go wild with the subject of their poem. Most students will start with pets like dogs, cats, or fish. Some students branch a little further out and write about wolves, cobras, or dolphins. But, I should warn you that your most creative students will come up with some out-of-the-box ideas like fuzzies, germs, and even molecules!
I’ve honestly tried looking to see where this idea came from since I’ve been using it longer than most blogs and Pinterest have existed. The closest reference I can find online is a book called “What Cows Do When No One is Looking” by Bruce Thompson, but I cannot find this book in print.
However, I found (and now own) this book:
“What do all those animals on the farm do when no one is looking?
They dip-dive and swirl
in fountains of spray.
But when no-one’s looking . . .