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.
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.
Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day. To get your students in the Irish spirit, we’ve created a fun little song about writing limericks featuring Nick from the Imagine Learning English software. Nick’s song makes a perfect lesson plan to teach your students about writing limericks (the lyrics are below for your reference).
And to get you in the Irish spirit, we’d like to have you participate in a limerick contest! Write your own limerick in the comments section below. The writer of our favorite limerick will receive a $20 gift card to Target! We’ll accept submissions through end-of-day Friday, March 18th. Special consideration will be given to limericks with an educational flavor.
Good luck (o’ the Irish) to everyone!
LIMERICK SONG LYRICS
Hello! How are you? I’m Nick.
Here to teach you a fun little trick.
To have a good time
when writing a rhyme
try writing your own limerick!
There are limericks of all different kinds.
So how do you write one that shines?
You’ll see that it’s cool
if you follow the rule:
a limerick is made of five lines.
So listen close to this song.
Lines one, two and five are all long.
And in poems of this sort
make lines three and four short
and I promise you’ll never go wrong.
You need to be sure and contrive
to rhyme lines one, two, and five
Then do it once more
with lines three and four
and your limerick surely will thrive!
So let these pointers take hold
And if you’ll write as you were told
at the rainbow’s end
you’ll find there my friend
your own limerick pot ‘o gold!