Hailstones and Halibut Bones. By Mary O’ Neill Hailstones and. Halibut bones. And some people’s. Telephones. The hottest and most blinding light. Is white. Hailstones And Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neil, , is a collection of thirteen poems, each about a different color. Written with a keen sense of visual. Use the poems in Hailstones and Halibut Bones to teach students about similies and metaphors as they consider ways to represent friendship with various.

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Before reading the story, I set the students up for listening.

I explain to them that they will be choosing a color that they think represents friendship. They are to listen for ideas from the poems in Hailstones and Ualibut Bones that they can use in their poem about friendship. They keep the following questions in mind as they listen: What are colors represented by?

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How could they relate to friendship? They will also write down words and phrases from the poems that they might want to use as ideas for their own writing. They may also come up with their own words and phrases that they may use in their writing while they are listening.


After reading the story, teach about or review using similes and metaphors as comparisons. Choose a color to model writing similes and metaphors about friendship with the class.

The students should then work independently to choose a different color and go through the same process to create their poem. Students can work ahlibut or in pairs. After the students publish their pieces about friendship, I have them create a rainbow by gluing tissue paper that is different shades of their chosen color on construction paper.

Both their writing piece and their rainbow hang in the hallway as a beautiful spring display. Students could write their own color poems during a poetry unit in a different poetic format. This book can be used with younger students when they are learning their colors. They could make a collage of the items that are named halubut each color. The poems in this book can be used for students to identify personification, similes, metaphors, and other figurative language. List Name Delete from selected List.


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The Teacher Hailstknes Cart. The students will choose a color to represent friendship, and identify objects and ideas for that color that they can compare to friendship using similes and metaphors. Lesson Extensions Students could write their own color poems during a poetry unit in a different poetic format. Hailstones and Halibut Bones.

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