October's Party

It's almost Fall (Sunday, September 22nd to be exact)... my favorite season! I'm ready to be done with the heat here in Davis, CA. In preparation for Fall, here is a chalk drawing and a fantastic poem about October. This poem stirs up such beautiful imagery...perfect for  learning in the middle grades (4-6ish) and equally appropriate for writing out and displaying on your home chalkboard. I can also see this poem becoming the starting point for an upper grades drawing. Enjoy!

- Brian

October's Party

by George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came.
The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,
And leaves of every name.

The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses maple
In scarlet looked their best.

All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then in the rustic hollow
At hide-and-seek they played;
The party closed at sundown
And everybody stayed.

Professor Wind played louder;

They flew along the ground;

And then the party ended

In jolly "hands around."