Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Theodosia Mellificent Bear (Guest Blog)

Theodosia Mellificent Bear
by Sandra Durham
Theodosia Mellificent Bear
Tried to sleep in her rocking chair.
Just as her eyelids began to flutter,
When all of her bones felt like melted butter,
Slowly the chair began to rock--
Then, faster and faster, it just wouldn't stop!
She fiddled and faddled, she flipped and she flopped,
She wiggled and squiggled, it couldn't be stopped!
She finally flew from her chair with a HOP!

Then Theodosia Mellificent Bear
Trudged her way up the attic stair,
"I know there is someplace a tired bear can nap."
And she open the attic door with a snap.
She searched four boxes, three chests, and a trunk
Looking for something to use as a bunk.
Just when she spied the old summer hammock,
A horrible noise came out of her stomach!

With her hands on her hips and her chin in the air,
Theodosia Mellificent Bear
Shouted these words aloud to the ceiling,
"I must get rid of this grow-w-wly feeling."
Tromping downstairs as her apron fluttered,
She grumbled and mumbled  and finally muttered,
"There must be something here good to eat.
Ah, yes, bread and honey, it makes such a treat!"

So, off to the kitchen while humming a song,
She found bread and honey and took it along
She went down the hall, through the bedroom and then,
While munching her snack, she began to grin.
She knew just the place to finish her food,
A special chair to brighten her mood.
 Then Theodosia Mellificent Bear
Went to sleep in her rocking chair.

*The-o-doze-ya (loves to nap) Mell-if-i-cent (fluid, melodious voice)

Purpose and Function:
Introducing new words
Sounding out words
Recognizing a "made-up" word
Words used in context
Recognizing action words
Rhyming and rhythm
Understanding satire and comedy
Understanding story line
Punctuation in poetry
Why does the rocker rock and why can't she sleep in her bed? 

*Guest Blog--This is a series of poetry and stories for young children written by our guest blogger Sandra Durham.  Feel free to use these stories and poems with your students.

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