Fertile Imaginations at Berkman Elementary

Full of energy at the end of a school day, the writers at Berkman Elementary School in Round Rock still managed to tap into their fertile imaginations to create poetry and fiction. They were encouraged to think about their new house rules if they were a parent for the day. And just what are the colors and emotions of Thanksgiving? And, yes, in this writing workshop, a snake can love gymnastics! We hope you enjoy the original work of these fourth-grade students. 

Terri Schexnayder
Teaching Artist



Thanksgiving is brown and light red.
It’s peaceful, like spending time at your family home.
Thanksgiving is both a turkey color and happy family color.
Thanksgiving is a peaceful color that people love.
Thanksgiving is a color that people like—a color for a celebration.
Thanksgiving is when families get together and there is no school.
Thanksgiving is like freedom—
free time with our family.


Being a Parent for a Day

I became my mom because I drank magic poison. I then made some changes around here. “No more school, no more teachers. More stores and more cake and cupcakes. Yum!”

Don’t forget: More ice cream for breakfast, more houses and cars, and Jell-o in the pool.  More music, more fun, more chocolate! Those are my new rules.

Trinity Adame

Thanksgiving Is

Thanksgiving is brown like the turkeys.
Thanksgiving is orange like pumpkins.
Thanksgiving is the red and yellow on the trees.

Makiah Cash

Mom Story

Once I was my mom, and she was me because I made a wish that night. I allowed the kids to have fun and they yelled, “You’re the best, Mom!”

I rocked the house. My one rule was to do everything you want to do, but don’t mess up your room. Plus, the kids can learn from home and not go to school.

Eliycia de Pina

lady gaga

A Wacky World

Ms. Johnston, who was wearing a pink-striped shirt, was watching soccer. She got up to feed her pet fish (which was lime) and he bit her. Ms. Johnston patted the fish’s head and realized it was a turtle!

Ms. Johnston later met a sea horse and thought it was her true love. But the sea horse became human and was Lady Gaga. Ms. Johnston and Lady Gaga became friends and they strutted off into the sunset.

Amyrie Evans

A Frog Goes to the Ocean

Once upon a time, Mrs. Griffis had a frog named Bruno Mars. The frog went into the ocean. He met a shark the color of lime and a tiger fish with yellow polka dots.

They grabbed a ball and played basketball, and then volleyball before racing to the shore.

Francisco Flores

ice cream for dinner

When I Became a Dad

I became a parent by wishing for it, and while I slept—bam!—I was a dad. When I discovered I was a parent, I yelled so loud. I checked in the mirror and saw I had a mustache and body hair!

I even had to work (but, the best part was that I got paid!). These are the rules I made in my house:

  • No yelling
  • No hitting
  • Ice cream for dinner
  • Jumping on the bed allowed
  • Let my dog eat my homework
  • Play all day, get in trouble
  • No school
  • Boom box every day!

Danny Giron

Thanksgiving Is

Thanksgiving is scarlet like peaches.
Thanksgiving is red like blood.
Thanksgiving is yellow like the corn you eat.
Thanksgiving is no school, family, and sweaters.

Serenity Lopez

The Singers and the Turtle

One day, people from all over the world came to see the International Music Award concert. I was in the audience with my best friend. There were bands like Future, Drake, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, and many more. The host for the concert was a former teacher, but now, she was Beauty Queen Charlotte Young.

“Here she comes… Charlotte Young!” yelled the announcer. But for some reason, the only thing to walk out on  stage was a turtle.

“Maybe someone cast a spell on her,” I joked to my friend.

Anthony Okeke


Everything My Words Do

My words play soccer.
My words sound like a ghost.
I describe my happiness—
happy like a puppy,
soft like a wolf.
My words wear hats.

Brayan Ortega

Thanksgiving Is

Thanksgiving is light brown like the turkey we eat,
like a leaf that falls,
like the clothes we used to wear.
Thanksgiving is dark smoke pouring out of my house.
Thanksgiving is yellow like the sun in the sky,
the sunflowers and the leaves.
Thanksgiving is giving thanks to everyone here in our lives
and to those who take care of us.

Emily Mendoza

Being Mom for a Day

It was Monday morning, and I woke up to go to school. Then—poof!—I was in my mom’s body. I thought, “Stay calm.” But, on the outside, I was screaming like I was dying! I snapped out of it and realized maybe this would be fun. I soon figured out five new rules:

  1. We are hiring a maid.
  2. I don’t deal with little brats.
  3. Never, ever make me mad—or else.
  4. Treat your brothers and sisters with respect.
  5. Have fun and do whatever you want. Unless deep down, you know it’s wrong.

Mariana Najera

fall colors

Thanksgiving Is

Thanksgiving is orange like the sun.
Thanksgiving is brown like turkey.
Thanksgiving is yellow like corn.
Thanksgiving means happiness and family love.
It is also being thankful, no school,
and having free time with friends and family.
Have you ever thought about Thanksgiving as being thankful
and spending time with family? Have a great holiday and be grateful.

Tia Parson

Rules of the House

I wished upon a star to be a parent because I wanted to change all the rules. We needed to have more fun and  more chocolate candy. Also, more sleep. And no screaming.

Dumb rules are like boys putting chocolate in my hair! And having fart days on Wednesday.

John Pinedas

The First Time Ms. Johnson Went to the Ocean

Ms. Johnson went to the ocean to get fish, and while she was there, she released the biggest fart ever in the whole wide world! All the fish and sharks died because it stunk so bad, like a skunk had farted.

Then, she left the ocean and ate all of the fish she had caught with her son. When they finished, they went to the park and ate hamburgers. Ms. Johnson ate three hamburgers and her son ate five of them.

Angel Salgado

Thanksgiving Is

Thanksgiving is orange like a beautiful horse.
Thanksgiving is red like the berries on the bush.
Thanksgiving is no school and is so fun!

Sierra Shippen


Cray, Cray Story about Ms. K.

Her name is Ms. K. and she sings Taylor Swift songs. But a snake bit her and she died. Just like that—boom!

Somehow she got up and became a ghost, haunting people with her pet snake. Not an ordinary snake, but a polka-dot reptile. The snake loved gymnastics and was always biting Ms. K. and other people.

Trinity Smith

The Turtle that Wore a Pink Polka-Dot Shirt

One day, Marvin the turtle went shopping and he came across a pink polka-dot shirt. He was so amazed that he bought it. The next day, he was wearing it as he walked and passed by Señor Sensey Snake. The snake started to giggle at the shirt, and Marvin felt sad.

Then, Sammy the Shark was also giggling at him. Today was not Marvin’s day. He was so sad, he didn’t want to show his face. He went back to the store and got a blue shirt. Everyone stopped giggling and began to compliment Marvin.

Marvin the turtle was very happy today. It was his day!

Sally Tuatagaloa


Thanksgiving is orange, yellow, red, and all the warm colors like the sun.
Thanksgiving is windy like a breezy day in Chicago.
Thanksgiving is loveable like a family around the holiday table.

Miranda Jordan Williams

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