Here's the schedule:
Tuesday: FIRST GRADE
Wednesday: SECOND GRADE
Thursday: THIRD GRADE
Friday: FOURTH GRADE
Saturday: FIFTH GRADE
Each day I will be giving away a copy of the Student Edition for that grade level... and at the end of the week, I will choose one winner from all the commenters via blog/Facebook/Twitter for the K-5 TEACHER edition!
So, THIRD GRADE. Again, the line drawings that accompany the poems in the Student Edition are wonderful and engaging! There's also a Glossary and Index, both of which I find particularly helpful. And I especially appreciate the inclusion of English and Spanish translations of some of the poems. Nice!
Today I've chosen a poem on a subject that's difficult for many of us to talk about:
by Mary Lee Hahn
is cells growing wild.
is man, woman, or child.
is scientists aren't sure.
is someday a cure.
are surgery and drugs.
are flowers and hugs.
I don't know anyone whose life has not been touched somehow by cancer. My father is a five-year cancer survivor and also the administrator at Bismarck Cancer Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. "Hope" is a word that comes up often, and it pleases me to find it in this poem!
In the TEACHER'S EDITION for this poem (p. 183), Sylvia Vardell has created TAKE FIVE! activities that include:
Introducing the idea that some poems are serious
Inviting students to chime in on those italicized words
Discussion about cancer prevention
Talk about the role of scientists in finding a cure
A reference to other poems about illness/cancer
Good stuff. And yes, I have a Bonus (riddle) Poem in this one... "Disaster Riddle Under Pressure"
GIVEAWAY: Comment here or on Twitter @irene_latham or on my Facebook page! Winners announced daily.