Who writes limericks these days—a clever leprechaun, perhaps?
While we don’t know about leprechauns, we can tell you this: it’s time for Imagine Learning’s annual limerick contest, starring YOU—students from our partner schools across the country.
So, what is a limerick, anyway? Here’s an example:
You really don’t need to nitpick
when you write down your first limerick.
Just think of our theme,
Then, take time to dream.
Your rhyme’s sure to dazzle St. Patrick!
Now that you have a general idea of what a limerick is, watch The Limerick Song (below) to learn all the rules of limerick writing.
You can also view this video directly on Vimeo. Next–on to the rules! Read more »
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!
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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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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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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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