Great stuff! Here’s how we got there.
Earlier in the day, we’d read a Scholastic News Magazine about skunks, and other animals that warn predators to stay away.
All month, we’ve been writing free verse poems. So the kids know how to put out a “word splash” of ideas. They know about using sensory language and simile, single fun words, and twisty final lines.
At the end of every day, if we have a few extra minutes, I’ll throw out a topic and we talk. One kid adds to the conversation, and then calls on the next kid.
On Thursday, I said, "Let's make up a poem about skunks!" I scribbled down their answers and typed it up.
Looking at it objectively, I think, yes we’ve arrived. For us kindergarteners, all the world’s a poem.
P.S. For the record, tomato juice does not remove skunk smell. You need a wash of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and soap. But the myth is funny, and so...very poetic!