Thursday, April 26, 2012

Poem in Your Pocket Day! {Math Edition}

Poem In Your Pocket DayYes, today is Poem in Your Pocket Day

"Celebrate national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 26, 2012!  The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

"Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores..."

The kid and I are going to write our favorite poems on the sidewalk with chalk!  Maybe at the park, maybe in front of our house too. 

In honor of this fabulous day, I thought I'd share one of my favorite math poems, one that really goes with the Math in Your Feet theme: squares.

School Lunch

Each food plopped by tongs or spatula
Into its own little space --
Square pizza here, square brownie there;
Milk carton cube, rectangle tray.

My snack at home after school?
Anything without corners.

From the book Sijo (Poems) by Linda Sue Park

[Edit P.S. Here's a picture of a poem my kid wrote -- I wrote it out in chalk on the basketball court down at the park and she illustrated it.]

It's a bit hard to read, so here's a transcript:

In the Night
by Isobel

The trees are whispering
in the woods
in the night.
The animals are sleeping
in the woods
in the night.
At break of dawn the animals
wake up and catch their prey.
The crystal clear waters of the stream,
you dip your paw in for rarest fish.

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