FROM A DISTANCE...
By Alice Schertle
soft gray caps of mushrooms
too big to be believed.
Burlap sacks of something.
Sometimes they look just
like piles of laundry.
Plumped up pillows.
Lumps of clay.
They look like old tombstones
sunk down shoulder deep.
Then one starts moving off
across the meadow
Poetry Extension: Read the poem to 1st through 4th
graders. Instruct them to listen carefully to figure out what you are talking about. Pay attention to the line breaks and
the built in pauses as you read.
At the end ask the children what they thought we were reading about.
Discuss how things can appear as something else from a distance.
Then introduce the guest speaker--a weaver from the local Weaver's Guild. If coordinated ahead of time she
will bring in raw wool to tease, comb, then roll and have each child spin into yarn with a drop spindle. When the children
are done, they each will have their own real wool yarn they made themselves.
If time is available, children can write a poem about the experience of creating yarn from raw wool
or what they plan to make with their yarn.