Open the windows
Swing wide the doors
Roll up the carpets
Dance on the floors
Unshut the house
That stuffy old thing
Let in the light
Let in the spring!
Take off the roof
And shout to the sky
"It feels like spring
AND SO DO I!!"
In fourteen hundred and ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
For seventy two days he headed west.
Then new land was sighted from the crow's nest.
Long years ago he showed he was brave.
On this special day, his memory we save.
We bought a pumpkin big and round
that lived the summer through
without an eye to look at things...
and now it looks through two.
It used to be all dark inside
when growing on the vine,
but now it has a toothy smile
and face that's full of shine.
Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins,
Big fat orange pumpkins,
These are just a few.
Horrid frightening scary pumpkins,
Droopy drippy drooly pumpkins,
Rotten pumpkins, too.
Don't forget friendly pumpkins.
Last of all, best of all,
I like jolly pumpkins.
After they identify the many adjectives in this October poem, the teacher
hands out a form of the poem deleting the adjectives and substituting the
noun with something else such as "cats." The students work alone or in pairs to come up with adjectives to make a new poem.
We're the farmer's scarecrows
We scare away the birds,
We keep the farmer's corn safe
Without any words.
But when Halloween comes
We jump out of the ground
And we scare the boys and girls
When they come walking 'round.
How scary can you be?
You scared away the crows (change animals)
But you can't scare me!
No, you can't scare me!
An Autumn Day
Pumpkins in the cornfield,
Gold among the brown,
Leaves of rust and scarlet
Trembling slowly down;
Birds that travel southward,
Lovely time to play;
Nothing is as pleasant
As an autumn day!
-Carmen Lagos Signes
October leaves are lovely
They rustle when I run
Sometimes I make a heap
And jump in them for fun!
Autumn leaves float quietly down
And form a carpet on the ground
But when those leaves are stepped upon
Listen for the crackling sound!
When spring comes round, our apple tree
is very full of flowers,
And when a bird sits on a branch the
petals fall in showers.
When summer comes round, our
apple tree is very full of green,
And everywhere you look in it there
is a leafy screen.
When autumn comes round, our
apple tree is full of things to eat
And apples hang from every branch to tumble at our feet.
When winter comes round, our apple tree is full of snow and ice,
And rabbits come to visit it...
We think our tree is nice.
by: Marchette Chute
You are such a funny sight
As you sit there in the window
Looking out at the night
You were once a little pumpkin
Growing on a sturdy vine
Now you are a Jack-'o-lantern
See the candle light shine.
When all the leaves are off the boughs,
And nuts and apples gathered in,
And cornstalks waiting for the cows,
And pumpkins safe in barn and bin,
Then Mother says, "My children dear,
The fields are brown, and autumn flies;
Thanksgiving Day is very near,
And we must make thanksgiving pies!
All in a Word
By Aileen Fisher
T for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather.
H for harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday.
A for autumn's frosty art, and abundance in the heart.
N for neighbors, and November, nice things, new things to remember.
K for kitchen, kettles' croon, kith and kin expected soon.
S for sizzles, sights, and sounds, and something special that abounds.
That spells ~~~THANKS---for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving
At Grandma's House
I like the taste of turkey
Any time throughout the year
But it never
seems to taste as good
As when Thanksgiving's here.
Could be it's all the trimmings
That are cooked with it to eat-
But I think it's
eating at Grandma's house
That makes it such a treat!
A...A new year has begun!
B...Birthdays to celebrate
D...Days are shorter
E...Everyone bundles up!
G...Going back to school
H...Hot chocolate with marshmallows
I...Icicles, shine and smooth
K...Knitted sweaters to keep us warm
L...Learning about clothing and cold weather
N...New Year's day
O...Only a few months until spring!
P...Pairs of socks and pairs of shoes
Q...Quiet, still landscapes
R...Resolutions to make
T...Tree limbs covered with ice and snow
U...Umbrellas for bad weather
V...Vivid stars illuminate winter skies
X...X-tra time for indoor play
Y...Yahoo! It's snowing!
Z...Zipp, zipp, zipping on sleds and skates.
I like snowflakes. Ask me why. Why?
Because they fall from the sky,
Because the seem to dance and fly,
Because they pile up so high,
Because they are so white and dry,
Because they melt in my hand,
Because they're quiet when they land,
Because, because, because, that's why,
I like snowflakes!
What I Love about Winter
Lots of snow
Skates and skis
Winter is cold.
Winter is ice.
But winter inside
Is cozy and nice.
Winter is snow.
Winter is sleet.
But winter inside
Is fireplace feet.
Winter is bitter.
Winter is biting.
But winter inside
Is very inviting.
Today is the day when bold kites fly,
When cumulus clouds roar across the sky.
When robins return, when children cheer,
When light rain beckons spring to appear.
Today is the day when daffodils bloom,
Which children pick to fill the room,
Today is the day when grasses green,
When leaves burst forth for spring to be seen.
Bees soon will buzz,
Rabbits soon will hop,
Birds soon will sing,
Frogs soon kerplop,
Chicks soon will peep,
Kids soon will play,
A fine spring day!
Sunflower, sunflower, standing straight and tall,
Sunflower, sunflower, you're the tallest of them all!
Sunflower, sunflower, when your seeds fall to the ground,
Sunflower, sunflower, by the squirrels they'll be found!