Biff! Bang! Pow! – Onomatopoeia


As part of our ongoing poetry unit, students have been exploring onomatopoeias. What is an onomatopoeia? An onomatopoeia is a word that is used to represent a noise or a sound.

Here are a couple of examples from Faris and Sage:


Reader’s Chair


Each Wednesday individual students have the opportunity to share a book of his/her choice with the class. This week, Talin (G2M), Aryan, Ilsa and Vansh (G2N) had the opportunity to share one of their favorite books.

Students are given one week to choose a “just right book” to share. Students are expected to practice reading their book aloud to family and friends at home. Students present the book to their class, reading the book aloud, engaging the audience by making eye contact, showing illustrations and asking questions to check for their understanding.

Talin chose a Step-Into-Reading book to share with the class. Talin obviously practiced reading her book at home as she read aloud with lots of expression. Her audience was thoroughly engaged listening as she changed her voice from narrator to the gruff gravelly voice of the dragon. Talin also made sure to stop from time to time to ask her audience questions to check for understanding.

At the conclusion of her reading, Talin presented the class with a scale she made at home. She used the scale to illustrate the weight and measure concepts from the story. Talin asked her audience to help her reenact the weighing contest from the story demonstrating that two items don’t necessarily weigh more than one.


Aryan read Fun With Friends, a Bobbie Kalman Book. It is a book full of delightful poems about friendship. Aryan read with lots of rhythm and energy. It was a book he enjoyed reading and got the rest of the class thrilled about poetry and talking about the things they like to do with their friends. The poem Being a Good Friend got the children to talk about their feelings, and opened the class to a lot of discussion. Thanks Aryan!

Other students to have a turn at the Reader’s Chair were Kizito who shared an Enid Blyton short story, The Goblin Hat, Ilsa who read Rose and Flo by Judy Nayer, a funny book filled with rhyming words, and Vansh who read The Sheppard and the Lion.

This Week’s IST Grade 2 Reading Recommendations:

The Dragon’s Scales
Written by Sarah Albee
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 19, 1998)
Language: English

“When a hot-tempered dragon seizes the local bridge, the people of Berryville are cut off from their supply of beloved strawberries until they can correctly answer three questions related to weight. The grownups of the town are stumped, but one very smart little girl saves the day with some facts she learned in school.” — from


Fun With My Friends (In My World)
Written by Bobbie Kalman
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Crabtree Pub Co (September 1985)
Language: English

Shape Poems


As Grade 2 students continue to explore the genre of Poetry, we decided to experiment this week with Shape Poems. What is a shape poem? We looked at objects and talked about how each object has an identifiable simple shape. For example, the sun is the shape of a circle, a house can be the shape of a pentagon or an ice cream cone can be a triangle with a round top. A shape poem is a poem that follows the outline of a simple shape to create an picture of an object.

Students thought about shapes as they chose a topic for their poem. Once students had a topic, they then brainstormed ideas and made a list of words and phrases they thought might work for their poems.

Students were given a blank sheet of paper. With a pencil, students then lightly drew the shape of their object/topic. Students then wrote their poem following the shape outline. Students were encouraged to ‘stretch’ their ideas/sentences using interesting words and phrases in order to fill all of the space needed to complete their shape(s).

Here are a few examples of our Shape Poems:

Bertha’s Ice Cream Shape Poem


Insiyah’s Flower Shape Poem


Jodie’s Butterfly Shape Poem


Sage’s Moon Shape Poem


Edward’s Tree Shape Poem


You can practice creating your own Shape Poems online: – shape poem creator – concrete poetry maker

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