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Our 2017 Limerick Contest Winners

Every year, Imagine Learning holds a limerick contest for budding new poets--and every year, the contest is harder to judge! Our 2017 Limerick Contest was no exception; we read so many wonderful and creative limericks that it was hard to choose a winner. In the end, our judges voted for entries that best captured the distinctive rhyme and rhythm of a limerick, along with those that were especially creative in following this year's theme: "My Favorite Subject." Congratulations, students--your limericks were amazing. The Winning Limericks Top prizes this year went to students of Carolyn S--by far the most entries received. Great job, students!
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A Limerick Is a Rhyme Just in Time for St. Patty's

Nick, the Limerick Maker   Hark, ye lasses and lads, it's that time of year when leprechauns plan merry mischief in the green fields and woods. It's also time for Imagine Learning's annual limerick contest. Here's one to get you started: There once was a young lad named Nick Who loved to perform a neat trick: He crafted a rhyme— So fine; so sublime, And called it his best limerick. Can you beat Nick at his rhyming game? We're betting you can. And you'll learn all about rhyming in the bargain! So, what should your subject be?
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3 poetry lesson for early writers

Roses are red… and some poetry is stale. Celebrate April, also National Poetry Month, with a return to creativity. Check out these classroom-friendly ideas on how to teach some of the more fun, lesser-celebrated poetry forms, including free verse, cinquain, and tankas.
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Best poetry books to share with your students

We've already posted some ideas for poetry-themed classroom activities, but just in case you're looking for a few new poetry books to read with your class, here's another list from Amy Carr -- a former fifth and sixth grade teacher who loves bringing poetry to life for children of all ages. Her list of best poetry books for pre-K to sixth grade students is sure to get you excited about reading your favorite poems with the whole class.
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4 great classroom activities for National Poetry Month

If your students tend to moan and groan when they hear the word “poetry,” we’ve got some good news: poetry doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, learning about (and writing) poetry can be a lot of fun for your students—especially your struggling readers. So to help you celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re sharing our best ideas for bringing poetry into the classroom.
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