National Poetry Month: Fun Poems for the Classroom

Celebrate National Poetry Month in your classroom!  Children love the rhyme, rhythm and repetition of funny poetry.  Teachers will love the opportunity to teach literary devices and figurative language.  Here are some of my favorite fun poets:

bookShel Silverstein: I divide poems from Where the Sidewalk Ends into categories of easy, medium and hard, which I name Tall, Grande and Venti after Starbucks.  Students practice and perform poems at their level.  Let your class visit Shel’s website and hear him read his poems.  Warning: many sound downright bizarre!

Jack Prelutsky: another classic!  Children love his books.  You will love that his website features easy-to-print .pdfs of some of his favorite poems for the classroom.  Check out his new book of poetry, Something Big Has Been Here.

Linda Knaus: I discovered her poems while searching for fluency material.  Perfect!  Print a few poems from her “Funny Poems” category and you’re ready to go!

I’ll have another post about serious poems later this month.

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Posted in Fun With Literacy by Corey Green @ Apr 5, 2010


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