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Douglas Florian Poem 1

Florian, Douglas. 1999. WINTER EYES: POEMS AND PAINTINGS. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN: 0688164587.
 
Introduction: As you begin a unit on winter,  ask the students what they like and dislike about wintery weather.  List their ideas on the board and then share Douglas Florian's poems about winter.
 
                                    Winter Eyes : Douglas Florian : ISBN 0688164587
 

What I Love About Winter
 
Frozen lakes
Hot pancakes
Lots of snow
Hot cocoa
Skates and skis
Evergreen trees
Funny hats
Thermostats
Sunsets blaze
Holidays
Snowball fights
Fireplace nights
Chimneys steaming
Winter dreaming
 
Winter Inside
 
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.

EXTENSION:
These poems lend themselves perfectly to a wintery weather lesson.  Begin by discussing snow, hail, and sleet as well as the attributes of each one.  Discuss the concept of freezing and melting.  Place ice cubes in various areas around the room and have children make predictions as to which one will melt the fastest or the slowest. 
 
The class could also write their own version of "What I Love About Winter" or "What I Hate About Winter" using Florian's poems as a model.  To help them write their own poem, they could use the brainstorming list of likes and dislikes regarding winter they made at the beginning of class.   

Douglas Florian Poem 2

What I Hate About Winter
 
Frozen toes
Running nose
Sloppy slush
Holiday crush
15 below
Shoveling snow
Leasfless trees
Cough and wheeze
Shorter day
Less time to play
Salt-spreading tractors
Windchill factors
No place to go--
Winter is slow
 
Winter Songs
 
The winter sings a windy song
That hustles rusty leaves along.
 
The winter sings a song of hail
That pings and pains like falling nails.
 
The winter sings a song of sleet
As sloshing cars clip down the street.
 
The winter sings a song of snow,
A whispering as
                          whiteness
                                          grows.
 
 
                                                          

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