In November, Ted Scheu was our Poet in Residence. First, he met with the whole fourth grade, where he shared his poems and told us how he finds his inspiration for his poetry . Mr. Scheu met with each fourth grade class individually. He showed us examples of poems by kids from other schools. Then, he explained what similes were and told us we were going to use them in poems. He handed out mirrors to each student. Looking at the different parts of our face,he wanted us to write a poem using similes. For example, my nose is like an Olympic ski jump. The next day, he came to us and had us write poems about a place that is special to us. The third time he came to us , we wrote noun-verb poems about any subject we wanted. At the end of his visit, he met with the whole grade again. Eight students from each fourth grade class shared their poems. Mr. Scheu taught us a lot. It was a great experience!
Ted Scheu is a poet. He has written over a 1000 poems and he never wants to stop writing. He has a kid’s heart but on the outside a grown-up’s body. He gets ideas from his memories, especially of when he was a kid, in fact, he considers himself “a fourth grader with glasses and gray hair”. He feels that poems are a great way to share one’s feelings. When he writes poems, he likes to end the poem with something funny.
The authors have recorded their poems. The Fourth Grade Chickering Reporters added some sound effects, when appropriate. We hope you enjoy our poems.
Podcast of poems by some students in Mrs. Haggett’s and Mr. Wadness’ classes:
Poems by some students in Mrs. McLaughlin’s class:
Poetry by students in Mrs. Atkinson’s class:
We want to thank Ted Scheu for allowing us to use these two photographs from his wonderful website:
< http://www.poetryguy.com/index.php >;
for sharing his poetry with us and inspiring us to become poets.
Reported by: Caroline, Elizabeth E., Grace, Katie, KB, Madison, Maggie, Laura, Melanie, and Josie