I'll get the ______. We'll _________ together. They drafted and then we went to revision. We didn't want "get" to be a "tired word" so we brainstormed other ways to begin some of our lines to make it an interesting poem for others to read. We edited or "cleaned" up our writing and then it went to publication. My highschool son typed them for us for volunteer hours! He is a super fast typist and got them done in no time. The art work was the last step. Here are the final products:
Here is a reference poster the kids and I made up together as we were working on the editing stage. We decided to make it because some kids were writing about names of games like Monopoly and Sorry and did not know they needed capital letters. An example of how student needs can really drive our instruction.
Here is the poem printed two to a page to cut down on copies. This size fits nicely in their poetry journal
Beginning of Year Friends Poem
Just a thought, if I was doing it now, I might make it into a fall poem by having kids brainstorm things that they like to do with friends at this time of year: football, playing in leaves, trick or treating, bobbing for apples, picking pumpkins, etc. etc.
Have fun writing with your kids!!