Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Great Desert, a poem by Emma

Today Emma wrote an acrostic poem for a project about the desert. We read "Around One Cactus: Owls, Bats and Leaping Rats," by Anthony D. Fredericks, which was not only well-written and beautifully illustrated, but full of fascinating facts in the field notes section that I never knew. For instance, kangaroo rats digest carbohydrates so efficiently that they never drink water, and the saguaro cactus doesn't grow arms till it's 70 years old! These giant cactus also don't need water for 2 years at a stretch, and can live to be 200 years old. Anyway, Emma wrote this poem (she did have a bit of help when she got stuck, but I still think it was a great effort, so I'm sharing) in the acrostic style. Enjoy!

Scorpion stings
Animals at night
Gila monsters' painted backs
Underground burrow
Arid and dry
Rat hopping like a kangaroo
Owl flying
Cactus in the moonlight
All the animals are adorable
Caves of bats
Tails of fox are bushy
Unkind rattlesnake
Sand is yellow

No comments: