"Spring Is" by Bobbi Katz from The Random House Book of Poetry for Children: A Treasury of 572 Poems for Today's Child,
selected by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Arnold Lobel, Random House, Inc, New York, 1983.
Introduction: Discuss with group the four seasons: the names, the weather, months on the calendar, etc. Take a poll or create a chart to illustrate group's favorite seasons. Inform group that you are going to focus on the season of spring today and will read a poem about spring. Before reading,make a list of several words to describe spring. Tell students to listen for any words they used to describe spring are in the poem you read.
Spring is when
the morning sputters like
so fast you can hardly keep up with them
spring is when
your scrambled eggs
and turn into a million daffodils
trembling in the sunshine.
Extension: Give students drawing paper and let them choose a word from the descriptive words for spring and illustrate it. Post drawings in library or school hallway on a bulletin board titled "Spring Is..."
Students could also be encouraged to find other poems that use words from the list of descriptors generated by the group to describe spring.