“Last night, while I lay thinking here, Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear.” These are the words of the famous poet, Shel Silverstein. He then proceeds to write about all of the bad things that could happen. In reading class, the fifth grade students in room 36 have been exploring poetry and used this poet’s words as a jumping off point to create their own “Whatif” poems. Applying what they’ve learned, the students used these lines of his poem as inspiration to come up with five pairs of Whatif lines of their own. They incorporated their knowledge of the elements of rhyme, rhythm, and meter in their stanzas. Once their writing was completed, they drew a picture of what they thought a Whatif looked like. They really enjoyed coming up with some zany ideas, illustrated with very creative original drawings.