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St. Patrick's Day is almost here! To get your students in the Irish spirit, here's a fun little song about writing limericks featuring Nick from the Imagine Learning software. Nick's song makes a perfect lesson plan to teach your students about writing limericks (the lyrics are below for your reference). [jwplayer config="16x9" file="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-rN3DGMCsE&feature=channel_video_title" image="/sites/institutional/files/blog/2013/03/Limerick-song.png"] OR watch the video on YouTube here. And to get you in the Irish spirit, we'd like to have you participate in our annual limerick contest! Write your own limerick in the comments section below. Prizes will be awarded by our judges to the top three limericks: 1st prize: a $25 Amazon gift card 2nd prize: a Booster bobblehead 3rd prize: a talking Mike the Microphone plush toy We'll accept submissions through end-of-day Monday, March 18th. Special consideration will be given to limericks with an educational flavor, and also to student submissions. Check back often to see the entries—and who won! 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!  

How to Write a Limerick

Have you ever written a limerick? Don't know where to start? Learn how to write one with some examples and guidance to help you.

 

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up quick.

Grab a pen and write a limerick.

Be a rhyming rockstar, you’re sure to go far,

And a lucky winner we’ll pick.

 

Want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

You have something clever to say?

Join in the fun, add in a pun,

And encourage your friends to play.

 

Try writing your own limerick.

Write it down with a leaded stick.

Make it divine, and submit it online.

Your limerick we’re sure to pick.

 

Join in the St. Patrick’s Day fun by sharing your limerick with us! To help you along the way, we've created a fun little video about writing limericks, hosted by Nick from the Imagine Learning software. Nick teaches students how to write limericks step-by-step, and explains the process by sharing his own limericks.

Teachers, get your students involved!

This video is the perfect way to begin an engaging lesson plan on limerick writing.

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!

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