Monthly Archives: February 2016

Listen to the Stars

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Stars Over Acadia Ipad 4 Wallpaper

 

Hello Inksters!

Just in case you didn’t hear, scientists last week confirmed that gravitational waves exist. They even recorded the sound of two black holes colliding! Listen here: Gravitational Waves

And learn more here: National Geographic

And here: The Guardian

Coincidentally, today’s guest inkspiration — a poem by Logan, age 11 — imagines the possibility of hearing the stars. What a surprise in that line — the idea of hearing something people normally spend time gazing, or looking, at. After reading the poem, we think about nighttime and the stars in a new way.

Here is Logan reading the poem:

Logan reading “Nighttime”

And here is the text of her poem:

Nighttime 
 
It’s hard to listen in the daytime 
the sounds are jumbled- blended together 
If you hear a special sound, you have to hold it quick- 
in a second 
it’s gone 
Daytime sounds disappear 
disintegrate 
desolve 
into night.
The loud 
blends smoothly into the quiet after the sun goes down. 
At night, 
the air is cool,  
the sounds are sharper 
and the only human things are the cars that sometimes rush by way past eleven. 
At nighttime 
You’re open to the sounds of the animals 
owls 
foxes 
mice 
It’s easier to ​be​ at night. 
Like all your senses are in high definition 
Listen closely- 
You might just hear the stars. 
 Now it’s your turn! Open your Writer’s Notebook and write about one of the following:
  • Spend time with this poem. Write down words you enjoy from the poem, phrases you like, questions you have about the poem.
  • Show us what you see! Draw a picture to illustrate, or go along with, a part of the poem.
  • Write your own poem about a time of day. Logan writes about nighttime. What would your poem about nighttime be? What about the early morning? Or midday? Lunchtime or play time? Try to include a line in your poem that is surprising to your reader and that allows the reader to imagine something in a different way.

Drawn to the science? Write in your journals, too, about what you learned from the videos. What questions do you have about this discovery? What do you wonder about?

A big Inktopia Thank You to Logan for sharing her work with us!

Remember to share your creations and questions here by responding to the post.

Have an idea for an inkspiration? Send it to inktopiakids@gmail.com.

 

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Playful Valentine

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Hi Inksters!

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. It’s a day when we take a moment to think about what we love and enjoy — about ourselves, the people dear to us, and the things and experiences we treasure.

This Inkspiration comes from a post I saw about Sew Loved, an art show that ran in New York City a few years ago. For the exhibit, children, parents, grandparents, and teachers submitted soft sculptures that they designed and sewed. The soft sculpture art was then hung on the wall with writing about the pieces.

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Sew Loved Soft Sculpture Art Show, NYC, 2012 (Click on the photo for more information about the exhibit)

So…

  • Choose a “soft sculpture” — one of your stuffed animals or other toys — that you treasure. It doesn’t have to be soft, just something that is special to you.
  • Write a Valentine to your toy. Share with your toy your reasons for loving it so much. Perhaps you have wonderful memories of taking this toy on family trips or holding it as you fall asleep. Perhaps it was a gift from a favorite person. Perhaps you love the way it makes you feel secure or comfortable.
  • Decorate your Valentine — draw on it, color it, put stickers on it.

Or…

  • Instead of a Valentine, you could also make your toy a character in a story you write.

And for our smallest Inksters…

  • Draw a picture with you and your toy doing something you love to do.

Take a picture of your favorite item and send it, along with your writing or drawing, to us. We’ll post it on the site!

And if you also want to do some heart mapping, check out our Valentine’s Day post from last here: What’s In Your Heart?

Have an Inkspiring Valentine’s Day!

Poetry Inkspiration: Langston Hughes

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Hi Inksters!

Today is the first day of February and of Black History Month. Today, we kick off the month with a guest inkspiration from Ava, age 8 — an inkspiration involving the poetry of Langston Hughes.

Here is a photograph of writer Langston Hughes, at his typewriter:

Ava’s mom, novelist Lauren Frances-Sharma, recently gave Ava the poem, “April Rain Song,”  to read aloud. Here is the poem. Read it aloud or click on the poem’s title below to listen to the recording:

April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

Then Ava’s mom asked her to set the to music. So Ava downloaded music from the web. Then Ava wrote two poems about the music.

Here is Poem #1:

Let the stream flow over the rocks
Let the cold stream water tickle your toes
Let the stream flow gracefully down the path
The beautiful water bumps up against the plants
The water slowly moves toward the trees
The fish squirm around in the freezing cold water.
I love swimming in a cold stream.

And here is Poem #2:

Let your wet blurry eyes lead you through the forest
Let your umbrella shift side to side
Let yourself feel the cold hard drops of rain on your face
All the animals creep and crawl to their hiding spots before the rain comes
Let your freezing body shiver in the rain
The leaves of the trees drip, soaked with water.

Now it’s your turn! Reread Langston Hughes’ poem and read Ava’s poems, too! Then set these poems to music. After you find your music, write a poem that uses the same repetition “Let the…”

A big Inktopia Thank You to Ava for sharing her work with us!

Remember to share your poems here by responding to the post.

Have an idea for a prompt? Send it to inktopiakids@gmail.com.