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BLAST Elementary Thematic Program

(March and April 2011)


Poems and Rhythm

Recommended for grades K-2

Rhymes, rhythm, songs and more! Poetry allows us to express ourselves in creative way! Join us for some poetry fun with books from the Carnegie Library. We'll finish up with a home-made shaker and rhythm activity!

Poetry Books:

What's on the Menu?

Goldstein, Bobbye S.
What's on the Menu?

A collection of poems about the tasty world of food, from lumpy bumpy pickles to chunky chocolate cake.

Never Take a Pig to Lunch

Westcott, Nadine Bernard
Never Take a Pig to Lunch

Never Take a Pig to Lunch offers you over 60 poems about the fun of eating.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Silverstein, Shel
Where the Sidewalk Ends

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.

First Food Fight This Fall

Singer, Marilyn
First Food Fight This Fall

Acclaimed poet Singer serves up a helping of wit and humor with this collection of school-themed poems sure to get children in the mood for back to school.


Hopkins, Lee Bennett
Yummy!: Eating Through a Day

What's Yummy? Everything from the smell of cinnamon buns baking at breakfast to a delicious pasta dinner with a sunset-colored mango for dessert. Join a wild and wacky family as they celebrate the wide variety of foods on today's menu.

Taback, Simms
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Everyone knows the poem about the old lady who swallowed a fly, then a spider, then a bird... But who's seen what went on inside the old lady's stomach?

Mavor, Salley
Pocketful of Posies

Peek inside and discover a treasure trove of nursery rhymes stunningly illustrated. Each rhyme has been lovingly stitched with rich fabric and colorful threads and exquisitely ornamented with everyday objects such as acorns, buttons, beads, driftwood, stones, and shells.


I Am From... Poetry

Recommended for grades 3-5

There are so many ways to write amazing poetry... rhyming or not, shape poems, haiku, limerick... the list goes on and on. We will explore some of our favorite, funny and fantastic poetry books from the Carnegie Library. Then students will get a chance to create their own poems based on personal memories.


Mirror Mirror

Singer, Marilyn
Mirror Mirror

There are two sides to every story... Now, in a unique collection of reversible verse, classic fairy tales are turned on their heads. Literally. Read these clever poems from top to bottom. Then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top to give these well-loved stories a delicious new spin.


Sidman, Joyce
Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors

Ubiquitous: Something that is (or seems to be) everywhere at the same time. This collection of poems travels through the life of Planet Earth, introducing creatures from bacteria (3.8 billion years old) to humans (100,000 years old). Each poem is accompanied by factual information.