ROUND ONE: 6-perpendicular vs. 11-flaccid


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Here are the poems:

6-perpendicular
Geometer
By Laura Shovan

“Inchworms are the caterpillars or larvae of geometer moths.” –ChaCha.com

My teacher is an inchworm, no bigger than my thumb.
His brain is microscopic but I wouldn’t call him dumb.
He crawls along my math worksheet, measuring the shapes.
He calculates perimeters and never makes mistakes.
There is a super math trick I’ve seen my teacher do.
His middle’s perpendicular when he bends to tie his shoe.
I’d know the length of everything if I were small and green.
I wish I were an inchworm. I’d be a math machine.

vs.

11-flaccid
Purple Thumb
By Alison Hertz

I planted a seed in science class and grew it in a pot.
I watered it and gave it sun and measured it a lot.
But, I left it for the weekend and forgot about my plant
and on Monday it was limp and droopy; leaning at a slant.

My teacher said, “It’s flaccid,” and my plant could use a drink
so I placed the pot down deep inside our classroom’s giant sink.
When I turned the water on, I let it give my plant a shower
but I guess it wasn’t good to leave the water on an hour.

 




6-perpendicular vs. 11-flaccid

  • 6-perpendicular (Laura Shovan) (58%, 197 Votes)
  • 11-flaccid (Alison Hertz) (42%, 140 Votes)

Total Voters: 337

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  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Hm…where to start with this word pairing? Let’s just say “happy writing” and leave it at that. Happy writing! :)

  • http://www.AlisonHertz.com Alison Hertz

    Ha, Renee. This is definately a fun word to use in a child friendly manner.

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    Thanks, Renee. Hi, Alison! I’m just glad both words won’t be in the same poem.

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Laura, you made me snort! Hahaha

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    After writing four perpendicular poems, I’ve sent in my favorite. My word for this round could have been “serendipitous.” You won’t believe the story behind the poem!

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Oh man, I can’t wait to read it and hear the story!

  • http://www.quinettecook.com Quinette Cook

    Love both words. Can’t wait.

  • http://www.alisonhertz.com Alison Hertz

    Just turned it in. Ready to compete.

  • http://www.debbielacroix.com Debbie LaCroix

    I can’t wait to read this match-up! Good luck. :-)

  • Josh Close

    Wow, this is the hardest one I’ve had to decide on so far!

  • http://www.dorainebennett.com Doraine Bennett

    Math vs. science. Hard choice here!

  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Excellently well done, both of you! I didn’t like math or science in school, but perhaps I would have if I’d had these poems. :)

  • angie breault

    Awesome job on both poems. This was a hard decision!

  • http://www.buffysilverman.com Buffy Silverman

    Science and math poems–yay!! Nice job, ladies.

  • http://www.quinettecook.com Quinette Cook

    Were we all just schooled on how to write good poems? I think so!

  • http://www.mattforrest.com Matt Forrest

    Good job, folks – and both school themes, too!

  • http://www.kerryaradhya.blogspot.com Kerry Aradhya

    Both of these are great! This is my first time reading March Madness poems, and it is so much fun!

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    Wow — math and science in the classroom. I love it. Allison, we both brought our A games!

    So my mind blowing story is… my perpendicular poem was originally titled “Worm-Ometry.” I thought it was a cute play on the inchworm and geometry. My husband (math brain) thought it was confusing.

    I decided to look up the scientific name of the inchworm, hoping for some title inspiration. It really is the larvae of the Geometer Moth. Serendipity!

  • Elizabeth Brahy

    I agree this is a hard one. I love them both.

  • Misty Lacefield

    Awesome job ladies!!

  • Franklyn Dickson

    Great poem Laura, and funny too.

  • http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com Catherine Johnson

    I love how you both did school themes. What a coinicidence. They’re both great!

  • http://www.alisonhertz.com Alison Hertz

    Wow, this is close!

  • http://www.loridegman.com Lori Degman

    Funny that you both wrote about school! This was a hard one for me!

  • http://katswhiskers.wordpress.com KatApel

    Wow. Two great poems. Very well done, ladies!

    • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

      The wonder from down under has returned!

  • Joe Buccolo

    For math’s sake we are lucky
    Laura’s inchworm wasn’t found
    Sunning itself on Alison’s plant
    For it surely would have drowned

    Very well done ladies. ..my compliments!

  • http://readingyear.blogspot.com Mary Lee

    Math vs. Science — both fabulous!!

  • http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

    Teachers will have a blast with these. Tweet ‘em out there, poets. I want an inchworm teacher too, by the way.

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    Ha! I see a whole series of classroom poems in the making. Good one, Joe.

  • Carrie Finison

    I just love these two school-related poems. Very well done!

  • http://www.robynhoodblack.com Robyn Hood Black

    Both poems have thumbs; can I give a thumbs up for each? Thanks for the classroom fun, ladies! Love the backstory on your title, Laura!

  • http://sevenacresky.wordpress.com Damon Dean

    Another impossible choice…immediately after reading yours Laura, I thought, ‘oh, I have to vote for this one being a retired teacher…’ and then I read yours, Alison–classroom too. Loved them both! Will have to revisit to vote.

  • Jim Miles

    Hi Laura,
    Perfect, I hope you come in first place.
    Good Luck. say hi to your Mom and Dad for me

  • Janet F.

    Love your comment! And totally agree!!!

  • Janet F.

    That was for Joe Buccolo!! Great poems Laura (congratulations) and Alison (hope to see you back next year or get to know you via comments this year.)

  • Eubie

    Allison !! Loved the poem!!