Elena de Roo is one of my favourite New Zealand children’s poets. You can find some of her poems in A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children (Random House). She writes poems with a listening ear and a zesty imagination. There is always a sprinkling of heart, surprise and music. I love the way the real world comes alive as much as imagined things. I just love love her poems!
Elena has picked some of her bird poems to share with you. You can watch the bird slide show and listen to her two poems and then try my BIRD activities.
I will have a copy of A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children to give to one child who sends me something from one of my bird activities below.
Listen to Elena read ‘Pīwakawaka’ while you watch the slides:
Listen to Elena reading ‘Hunting the Dawn’
Listen to Elena read ‘Pīwakawaka’ without the slide show!
Some BIRD ACTIVITIES for you
1 Bird sounds LISTEN to your poem as you write it!
I was inspired by Elena’s morepork poem. Make a list of bird sound words. Start with tweet and cheep and then use your ears to make up words for the sounds different birds make. Try morepork / ruru or a chook or a duck or a hawk or a kiwi or a dotterel or a starling. Choose any bird you like!
Can you find bird sounds online and listen to then? Can you listen to bird sounds outside?
Pick one bird and use the sounds you gathered for it and make a poem. Do an illustration to go with it if you like. You may even want to record yourself reading the poem.
Or write a poem full of different sounds and bird activities. Do an illustration to go with it if you like. You may even want to record yourself reading the poem.
2 Bird patterns LISTEN to your poem as you write it!
I love the way words make patterns in Elena’s pīwakawaka poem.
Pick one of your favourite birds. Draw a circle (or a bird) and fill it with as many words as you can that show the bird (you choose!): what the bird looks like, sounds like, how they move, what they eat, where they live, anything special, different or unique about them.
flutter flutter fantail
flitter flitter wing
dance dance silver bird
shimmer shimmer sing
Use some of the words to make a bird pattern poem.
You could make a bird pattern poem in the shape of a bird.
OR use some of your words to tell a little bird story in a poem
Do an illustration to go with it if you like. You may even want to record yourself reading the poem.
h a v e f u n !!!!
send to firstname.lastname@example.org
please include your name age and name of school
don’t forget to put NAME OF challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it
don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)
There is no deadline while we are living in our bubbles! Every Friday I will post some work by children.
I will always answer your emails but not straightaway. If I haven’t replied after 3 or 4 days nudge me as I may have missed it.
I will have at least one book to give away each Friday.
You can also try these Poetry Box activities. Click on links below:
Tell about a book you have loved in bubble time.
Richard Langston reads his red poem with colour activities
Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan’s magnificent videos and The Bomb activities
write or draw something for your favourite library or bookshop
Listen to Ashley (8) read: try my dinosaur, pets and swip swap challenges
Have fun with SOUNDS, muck around with WORDS
Listen to Amelia (8) read 3 poems from The Treasury and try my activities
Listen to Philippa Werry read her poem and try her simile challenge
Make a memory album or page
Try my lost-wonder challenges and listen Sarah Ell’s new book Lost Wonders!
Loads of MAKING ideas inside and outside
Do something rainy or snowy! Watch me read my rain and cold poems from The Letterbox Cat
Listen to Melinda Szymanik read her alien mother story and try your own
Send me pictures, photos or poems of curious things you see on your walks
Listen to Maisie and I read fish poems and invite you to do fishy things
Listen to my unpublished very very very strange tail story and do some illustrations for it or invent your own strange tail!
Try writing a postcard poem from where you’d like to be!
Mixed up animals and hear Paula read ‘Anifables’ poem
Sally Sutton’s magic hat challenge
Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read
Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library
Try my Pass the Poem challenge with friends and family by phone or email
Write draw video comic strip letters poems stories about being in your bubble
My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem
My thank our supermarket workers challenge
Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge
Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge
Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge
Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge
Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges
Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges