First graders are just beginning a writing unit on poetry. The unit began with a discussion about how to see with poets’ eyes followed by examining different objects. We encouraged students to go slowly and notice the little details before sketching and writing about what they saw. This week, first graders examined poems to learn how poems look and sound different than prose. They are beginning to understand that poems may but do not have to rhyme. As a part of this unit of study, these young authors are sharpening their observation skills and stretching their vocabularies. They will learn that poets can pack a lot of meaning into a few well-chosen words. If you or your child has a favorite poem or book of poetry, please feel free to share with us!