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Poetry Friday – Jon Scieszka


November 2… The baby Crispy Crunch have all gone to a better place, and now, every teacher’s world shifts towards the dark, dark world of The Report Card.

Today I will stick my baby toe, most gingerly, into the iciness that is reporting, and begin to get my mind into euphemism-mode and education-speak.  Yuck.

In the spirit of nonsense and using the most confusing words possible to say something that no one else really understands, I present:

Gobblegooky – by Jon Scieszka

‘Twas frustose, and the vitamins

Did zinc and dye (red #8).

All poly were the thiamins,

And the carbohydrate.

Beware the Gobblegook, my son!

The flavorings, the added C!

Beware the serving size, and shun

The dreaded BHT.

And as in folic thought I stood,

The Gobblegook, with eyes nitrate,

Came gluten through the dextrose wood,

Its extracts carbonate…

For the rest of this lovely silliness, find Science Verse by Jon Scieszka, with illustrations by his buddy Lane Smith.  Naturally, this book is every teacher’s best friend.  The kiddies whoop it up every time I insert one of Scieszka’s hilarious poems into a science period. I must admit, the boys are particular fans.

Mr. Scieszka has a super-clever website (but of course).  Go there: Jon Scieszka Worldwide. You will find much to amuse and inspire.

Science Verse is published by Viking.

Halloween Countdown (aka the last Crispy Crunch in the box)

As I sit here, the eve before Halloween, happily munching the last mini Crispy Crunch from my giant mix box, I find I am pondering the perennial Halloween question:

Are these mini bars really getting smaller and smaller, or am I just getting bigger and bigger?

As I blog and munch and blog and munch, I wish to thank Julie of the ever-lovely Children’s Illustration for pointing me towards this goodie:

Tomorrow is The Halloween Party at school. Crazyness will no doubt ensue. A lovely time will be had by all and sundry provided that no children take bites out of each other.

Let the spookiness begin…