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If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems About School

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If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems About School

4/5 (6 evaluări)
91 pages
25 minutes
Jan 25, 2011


For every student who’s ever worried about spending a lifetime in the third grade and for every teacher who’s faced a class where nobody remembered to bring milk money, these thirty-eight poems capture the excitement, challenge, heartbreak, and wonder of life in elementary school. Through her fresh, lively word pictures, Dakos manages to find surprises in every corner of the school.
Jan 25, 2011

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Kalli Dakos is an elementary school reading specialist who has written many books,including Mrs. Cole on an Onion Roll, illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi, and two illustrated by G. Brian Karas: Don't Read This Book, Whatever You Do! More Poems About School and the Children's Choice Award-winning book If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems About School. Kalli visits schools all over the United States and Canada to talk to students. She also gives teacher workshops. She lives in Ottowa, Canada ,and Sterling, Virginia. You can learn more about Kalli at www.kallidakos.com.

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If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand - Kalli Dakos


The Wind Is Calling Me Away

How can I sit through one more day,

For the wind is calling me away,

And I want to change with the leaves that fall,

But I’m here in school and I’m missing it all.

While leaves as bright as the sun fly by,

We add, subtract, and multiply,

And none of these numbers makes sense to me,

When the sky is as blue as the summer sea.

Oh, teacher, please let’s race the leaves,

Let’s jump in piles and climb the trees,

Let’s add, subtract, and multiply,

The wind, the leaves, and the deep blue sky.

I Brought a Worm

Jane brought a baseball bat

And a ball for sharing time.

But I brought a worm!

Rich brought a goldfish bowl

Without a goldfish.

But I brought a worm!

Lizzy brought an egg with a yolk

And an egg without a yolk.

But I brought a worm!

Joe brought an eraser shaped like a knife

And an olive sandwich.

But I brought a worm!

Jane showed us how to hit

The ball with the bat.

Rich put the class turtle

In the goldfish bowl.

Lizzy showed us how to prick an egg

And take the yolk out.

Joe tried to cut his sandwich

With his eraser knife.

But I ate the worm!

Right there in front of everyone

I ate the worm!

(It was a candy

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  • (4/5)
    In this book, there are 38 different poems over the struggles kids face in elementary school. These poems stuck out to me spoke to me, and really spoke to the kids in the poems. They did a really good job with the poems, and the pictures were very clear and I enjoyed looking at them. I liked how this book focused on the different struggles and situations students are faced with while attending school. After reading these poems, I would hope that the students learned how to be prepared and get things done on time. This would be a lesson I would teach my students in my classroom, and tell them how important it is to get things done and not wait until the last minute to work on something that they've know about all semester.
  • (5/5)
    If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand is a cute poetry book that covers a multitude of relatable topics for students and teachers. Teachers can use the poems in this book to inspire students to write their own poems about their school experience. These poems can also show students that they are not alone in the experiences they are facing.
  • (3/5)
    Children love hearing of trials and tribulations that they face at school but always in the context of it happening to omeone else. This is a collection of poems is all about school and the problems that kids go through during the school years.This book would be entertaining not only for your begining readers but also for older readers too. The younger kids can sit and listen as the older ones can curl up and read it on their own.We could utilize this book in an number of ways. We could use it as a read aloud lesson with a group discussion, using this opportunity to talk about things that happen to all of us at some point and time. We could also incorporate this into an English lesson and use it as a guide in having the students write their own poetry using their own experiences as a focal point.
  • (4/5)
    A collection of all the ups, downs, surprises, and daily routines in an elementary school, If You’re Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand, will surely be pleasurable for any young reader. Filled with 38 poems and black and white illustrations on every page, this compilation of poems is a perfect edition in any elementary classroom. Witty and poignant, Dakos gives accurate representations of the challenging and exciting days in any elementary classroom. Filled with animated word pictures, the reader gets a sense of how teachers and students feel and interact in a humorous way. This book would be a great in a classroom or school library, as well as a great resource during poetry units in school.
  • (4/5)
    Ever had a bad day at school? Well, it always helps to laugh about it and this is what Kalli Dakos does through poetic voice in this book. This would be a great book to prompt children to write about their own troubles at school!
  • (5/5)
    The setting of these poems are mostly at school and in present day.