Poetry Friday: We Wonder

April 30th, 2010

“Whether our wonders are grounded in personal experiences or scientific fact, we all wonder,” write Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonogh in their recent book, A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades. During a lesson, Jen turns the lights down in her classroom and tells kids to “let your mind think, ‘What do I wonder about?’ “What are my top three wonders?'” This week’s poem is an “accidental poem” that came to life as students shared their wonders with each other.

We Wonder
I wonder why elephants have their babies not in eggs.
I wonder why there were dinosaurs at all.
I wonder if the universe ever stops.
I wonder how New York City was built.
I wonder how butterflies’ wings were created.
I wonder how people are made.
I wonder how locks are made.
I wonder how bricks were made.
I wonder why the sun goes down at night.
I wonder why the moon only comes out at night and not day.
I wonder how many years dinosaurs lived.
I wonder how come snakes can’t close their eyes at night.
I wonder how car wheels can make a whole care move.
I wonder where sweetness comes from.
I wonder how snakes shed their skin from inside out.

What do you wonder about on this Poetry Friday?

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Janelle @ Brimful Curiosities  |  April 30th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Amy Krouse Rosenthal provides a few more stellar examples in “The Wonder Book.” (pages 14-15)

    (My favorite of hers: I wonder if laughing hyenas ever cry…)

    Here’s one thing I ponder: I wonder where the wind would blow itself.

  • 2. Laura Evans  |  May 1st, 2010 at 1:11 am

    How WONDERful!

    all things poetry

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