Students Are Falling for Chocolate and Cold Weather

Sweet poetry is on the minds of Dunedin fifth graders.

Halloween was here, and now it’s gone.

Halloween on a school night is a punishment laid out on the parents and teachers around the world. Monday my students received my annual lecture: Have fun, be safe, don’t stay up too late, and please control your candy intake — and — if I find candy at school, you will soon find it in my tummy (especially Twix and Almond Joys!).

When you ask your 10-year-old students in late October, to write what’s on their minds, you find that they write about the ONLY thing on their minds: Halloween!  Many of my students love to write poetry. The short, precise phrases, the sing-song-y sound, the creative thinking all makes autumn and Halloween a great topic for a budding poet.

I hope you enjoy the poems written by two of ’s growing minds:

"Hall-O-Poem" by Russell

Halloween has ended now.

People said stuff like, “Wow!”

They dressed up like a king, queen, or zombie.

They got lots of candy.

If you think that was fun

It has only just begun.

It was nice to Trick-or-Treat.

I admit … it was pretty neat.

I can’t wait for next year…

They will all be filled with FEAR!


"Falling for Fall" by Rachel

Leaves turn red.

There’s a nip in the air.

It’s so cold you want to stay in bed.

Socks up to your knees,

Jackets zipped up high,

It feels like it’s below zero.

It’s a wonder that we never freeze.

Chris Sansbury November 01, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Great Stuff!
Kelly Goodrich November 02, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Russell and Rachel Great Job! Congratulations on becoming published writers. I am very proud of the both of you. I'm looking forward to reading more stories and poems from you and all our wonderful writers here at San Jose.
Katie Dolac November 02, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Very impressive, my fifth-grade friends! Keep it up! I love your observations of fall. Does anyone else want to share some encouraging words for these young writers?
Joe Nixon CPA November 06, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Wow, I should have known Halloween would be the topic of the week - and expressing feelings via poetry was a nice touch. Looking forward to next week's story - keep up the good work.
alexdeets November 09, 2011 at 12:17 AM
great job and its haley


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