October's Party

It's almost Fall ... my favorite season! I'm ready to be done with the heat here in California. 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."