Introduction: A chanage of season is upon us when we begin to see flocks of geese
migrate. Ask the children what time of year it is when they begin to migrate? Why are the geese flying away?
What formation do they use? The poem "Geese Piece" by Florain is a concrete poem in which he cleverly answers his own
Extension: Discuss writing a concrete poem with the students. Provide several examples
for them to understand the concept. As a class brainstorm other signs of seasonal change from autumn to winter. The
children could try writing their own concrete poem to illustrate a change from autumn to winter.
After brainstorming a list of seasonal changes, the students could illustrate the changes on a square
piece of white paper. As they complete their illustrations create a class quilt to indicate that "Winter is on the Way."
"Geese Piece" is also perfect for an introduction to a science unit on birds and migration.
Introduction: Continue using Florian's book AUTUMNBLINGS to explore the various techniques
he uses to make poetry come alive for children. Fall is always a very exciting time for children. They eagerly
await Halloween and trick-or-treating with their friends. Use "Pumpkins Grin" to excite children about the season and to discuss another
creative poetry technique by Florian.
Now we are orange
To toast Halloween.
Soon we'll have noses,
Then we will sneak up
Behind you and --
Extension: Discuss how words with different sizes change the poem. Ask children
about other ways to emphasize words. Choral reading is a great activity to do with this poem. To add character
to the poem, have the children read the poem according to the size of the text (softly in the beginning and gradually getting
Introduction: As the season changes from warm to cold, people and animals begin to change
as well. Ask students what changes occur for animals or people as the weather begins to change.
All sleep late.
Do brown bears really hi-bear-nate?
Moles and voles in burrows crawl.
Do brown bears slum-bear when it's fall?
Extension: After reading "HI-BEAR-NATION" lead a discussion on hibernation.
Students can select an animal that hibernates and write a poem about autumn for that animal's point of view.
"HI-BEAR-NATION" is another poem that is excellent to discuss the use of Florian's play on words with the
children. It's another poem to show Florian's idea that there are "No Rules" when writing poetry, just fun!
All three poems are taken from:
Florian, Douglas. 2003. AUTUMNBLINGS: POEMS AND
PAINTINGS. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN: 0060092793.