The Poem: We simply made a list of things we wished for. We wrote a rough draft and then copied our final draft with Sharpie. (The cute form we used is at First Grade Wow)
The Silhouettes: I took a picture of each student and had a parent cut out their picture. Then I gave each student their picture and they traced it onto black paper. After tracing they cut out their silhouette and added yellow paper to make them stand out.
The Dandelions: We went on a stick search for the perfect stem. Yarn became the tops. One of my favorite teaching strategies for helping kids work together is to do an activity (make the dandelions) with about six students. So I showed them how to wrap the yarn around their fingers, and then cut the loops to make the pieces the same length. The group assembled everything on the page where they wanted it and then glued it down. Once we finish that first group of six, got a friend and taught them the process, while I meet with individual students for editing their poems.
Here are some of the final products.