Friday, April 10, 2009

Poetry Break: New Book

Poem: Silly Street

Written by: Jeff Foxworthy

From the Book: Silly Street

Published by: Harper Collins Publishers, 2009

ISBN #: 978-0-06-


Ask students what they like to do when they are being silly. After listening to their responses, ask them, "If there was a place to go to where you could be silly all the time, what do you think it would look like?" Again give students the opportunity to respond. Once students have shared, tell them you will be reading a poem today that introduces them to just such a silly place. For this Poetry Break, be sure to allow time for the extension.

This Way to Silly Street
by Jeff Foxworthy

Sometimes you're silly
And you know that it's true.
When you're feeling that way,
There are things you can do.

Like jumping in circles
Or spinning around.
Try doing cartwheels
Without falling down.

You could stand on your head
And wiggle your toes,
Or just walk around
With a spoon on your nose.

But if you're looking for more
And want something new,
Then I know a cool place
That's just waiting for you.


Read the poem a second time. Give students drawing paper and crayons and ask them to illustrate their idea of what Silly Street looks like. Be sure to have them include themselves in the picture doing something silly! Allow time for students to share their pictures and descriptions of their silly activity. Then read the next poem in the book, "Silly Street."

Silly Street
by Jeff Foxworthy

In the heart of the city
Is a place people meet.
It's this and it's that
And it's called Silly Street.
There are snowballs for sale
If you feel like throwing,
And bubbles to buy
If you feel like blowing.
If you like to jump rope,
There are plenty to use.
There are cots in the shad
If you're needing a snooze.
There are Frisbees to fling
And kites you can fly.
If you like to make noise,
Give the trumpets a try.
There are things you'll see there
You won't see other p;laces,
Like the flying squirrel circus
And pink elephant races.

Have students describe to a partner and similarities and differences between their version of Silly Street and the one described in the poem.

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