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I also explored the Giggle Poetry link and found a poem that I found to be good for children who are beginning to learn how to write poetry....

I Have to Write a Poem

I have to write a poem
but I really don't know how.
So maybe I'll just make a rhyme
with something dumb, like cow.

Okay, I'll write about a cow,
but that's so commonplace.
I think I'll have to make her be...
a cow from outer space!

My cow will need a helmet
and a space suit and a ship.
Of course, she'll keep a blaster
in the holster on her hip.

She'll hurtle through the galaxy
on meteoric flights
to battle monkey aliens
in huge karate fights.

She'll duel with laser sabers
while avoiding lava spray
to vanquish evil emperors
and always save the day.

I hope the teacher likes my tale:
"Amazing Astro Cow."
Yes, that's the poem I will write
as soon as I learn how.

I think this poem is good for children learning how to write poetry because a lot of children have little to no experience writing poetry and may be nervous when trying something new. This poem is easy for them to relate to because the second line states that the student does not know how to write a poem either, so that may make the children feel more comfortable with not knowing as well. As the poem continues, the author writes about a whole bunch of random things that would be very humous and entertaining for children. The poem ends by the author saying that that is what they will write about once they learn how to write poetry and the funny flip to that is that what they had written was indeed a poem. This shows children that poetry can really be up to your imagination and you can really have fun with what you writing. Overall I just felt that this poem would be a good transition into getting children familiar with poetry and beginning to write their own poetry. - Lindsey DeBellis

I didn’t study for the test
and now I’m feeling blue.
I copied off your paper
and I flunked it just like you.

I think this poem would be great for students of all ages, especially in the younger grades (1-3) because it brings up an important useful topic. It helps students understand that copying someone else can have negative consequences, which is why they need to study and do their best. If students study and do good, they will feel a great satisfaction from their success. The younger grades would easily understand and learn from this poem. - Evelyn Arias

I was interested in a poem by Bruce Lansky called Blow Your Nose.
Little Boy Blue
please blow your nose.
It drips like a faucet
and sprays like a hose.
Your brother and sister
are getting upset,
so please blow your nose—

cause you’re getting them wet!

I thought this would be a great way to introduce the importance of using the liquid handsanitizers and tissues provided in the classroom to avoid the spread of germs. The literacy excercise would be to write a short paragraph in their writing journals of how boring being at home sick can be sometimes. Listing what you miss doing when you are sick. Appropriate for grades 1-4. -Elzira Ramos

I explored the website and I found the poem Manners that I really enjoyed.

Manners are useless.
Take my advice.
Always act rudely.
Never be nice.
Eat with your fingers,
not with a fork.
Don’t use a napkin.
Why be a dork?
Don’t change your clothing.
Dress like a bum.
Don’t do your homework.
Try to act dumb.
Never say, “Thank you.”
Never say, “Please.”
Don’t say, “I’m sorry.”
It’s better to tease.
If you remember
to do what I say,
you’ll have no more friends
when you call them to play.

I thought this poem was a good way of representing the importance of manners, especially to children in kindergarten and first grade. The poem is stating that if you don't use your manners and are not polite then you will have no friends to come play with you. Making friends and treating people the way you want to be treated is an important part of growing up. An activity that I would do to use along with this poem would be to have the students think of a time when they recently had to use their manners. -Michelle Laing

"What I've Learned at School" by Robert Pottle
At school I’ve learned a lot of things
I really like to do,
like running in the hallway
and eating gobs of glue.
I’ve learned I’m good at making pencils
dangle from my nose.
I’ve learned to hum and pop my gum.
I practice, and it shows.
I’ve learned I like to cut in line
and love to cut the cheese.
I’ve learned to fake a burp, a cough,
and even fake a sneeze.
You’d think with all this learning
I’d be doing well in school,
but everything I learn to do
appears to break a rule.

I enjoyed this poem because it reminds me of when I was in Elementary School and some of the funny things myself and other classmates would fool around doing. The best part is at the end when it says "everything I learn to do appears to break a rule". This seems like a good poem for one of the frist few days or weeks of school, when the students are getting acquainted to the rules. They will find it humorous and silly, but at the same time as a teacher you could talk about how these actions are unacceptable in the classroom. -Kristen Kus

Manners are useless.
Take my advice.
Always act rudely.
Never be nice.
Eat with your fingers,
not with a fork.
Don’t use a napkin.
Why be a dork?
Don’t change your clothing.
Dress like a bum.
Don’t do your homework.
Try to act dumb.
Never say, “Thank you.”
Never say, “Please.”
Don’t say, “I’m sorry.”
It’s better to tease.
If you remember
to do what I say,
you’ll have no more friends
when you call them to play.

When I was looking through the poems on the "Giggle Poety" webstite, I came across this poem, and decided it would be great to use in a classroom. When children are younger, for example grades 1-3, they're still learning about manners, how to share, how to say please and thank you etc., and I thought using this poem would be a great way to introduct them to the class. This poems provides students with examples of how not to act, so after reading it, as a class we could generate our own list of manners that should be exhibited in the classroom as well as at home. This poem is also a great way to start off making a class rule list in the beginning of the year. - Niki Damascus

"I Will Not Tease Rebecca Grimes" by Dave Crawley
I have to write one hundred times:
“I will not tease Rebecca Grimes.”
Okay, that’s one. I’m far from done.
(This isn’t gonna be much fun.)
“I will not tease Rebecca Grimes.”
That’s two. I’m paying for my crimes.
It’s all because I pulled her hair
And put spaghetti on her chair.
Because I gave her goofy looks
And squirted mustard on her books,
I have to write one hundred times:
“I will not tease Rebecca Grimes.”
That’s three. Whoopee. It’s going slow.
Just ninety-seven more to go.
“I will not tease” (I’m keeping score.)
“Rebecca Grimes.” (Now that makes four.)
I’m soaked with sweat. My shirt is damp.
I think I’m getting writer’s cramp.
“I will not, will not, will not tease
Rebecca Grimes!” Can I stop, please?
The teacher frowns, and that means no.
I still have sixty-six to go.
“I will-will-will not-not-not-not
Tease-tease-tease-tease...” It’s getting hot.
“I will not tease Rebecca Grimes.”
That’s ninety-nine. The school bell chimes.
Just one more line and I’ll be through.
Rebecca Grimes, this one’s for you!
My final line will rhyme with “Grimes”:
“I will not tease Rebecca...Slimes!”
Rebecca Slimes! Ha ha! That’s great!
I’d better hide it. Oops! Too late!
The teacher sees what I wrote down.
She takes my paper with a frown.
I now must write one thousand times:
“I will not tease Rebecca Grimes.”
-I think this poem would be great for grades 3-6 in that bullying starts to become more prevalent within these class ranges. It is a nice way to introduce an important topic, bullying, while also following a rhyming poem structure. The language is fun and students can get a sense of the reprecussions that can come from bullying others. I also think it would be useful to give to a particular student that seems to be teasing others.-Kristen Nelson

Today I Had a Rotten Day

by Kenn Nesbitt

Today I had a rotten day
as I was coming in from play.
I accidentally stubbed my toes
and tripped and fell and whacked my nose.
I chipped a tooth. I cut my lip.
I scraped my knee. I hurt my hip.
I pulled my shoulder, tweaked my ear,
and got a bruise upon my rear.
I banged my elbow, barked my shin.
A welt is forming on my chin.
My pencil poked me in the thigh.
I got an eyelash in my eye.
I sprained my back. I wrenched my neck.
I’m feeling like a total wreck.
So that’s the last time I refuse
when teacher says to tie my shoes.
I think this poem could be useful for all elementary grade levels (K-6 grades). Students should know that everyday of school is not going to be the best day. We all have our bad days and I think students should be aware that there is nothing wrong with having a bad day. As a teacher, I would do my best to try and make my students who are having bad days, make them better. I believe that some students at various times will be able to relate to this poem. I enjoyed the website because it introduces lots of poem topics and students could relate to all topics. These poem topics make reading and comprehension fun and exciting for children. -Khabria Hundley

Daddy’s Making Dinner

by Jeff Mondak

Daddy’s making dinner
I’ve seen it all before
French fries black and burning
And meat loaf on the floor
Daddy’s making dinner
The sugar bowl just broke
Fido ate the gravy
The house has filled with smoke
Daddy’s making dinner
But I’m not one to moan
Soon he will surrender
And go pick up the phone
Daddy made the dinner
Today’s my lucky day
Dinner’s in the trash can
And pizza’s on the way
I liked this poem because it was funny and something I could relate to and I'm sure other students could as well. I think you could use this poem in grades 1-5. I think children will like this poem because it is funny and it rhymes. There are some rich vocabulary words in this poem and there are many extension activities you could do with it. For example have them visualize what is happening and draw it or add a verse to the poem, there are so many options.

I liked this poem for multiple reasons. I can relate it to my own personal life because I remember when I was growing up whenever I was left alone with my dad, we would never end up eating at home. Whether he attempted to cook a meal or not, we would always end up at a restaurant of some sort. I think other children would enjoy this poem because it is written in a way where you can have a mental image of what is happening and it is also quite funny. The students can relate it to their own lives and visualize it happening in their own home.- Katherine Still

My Class Has Got a Know-It-All
by Ted Scheu

My class has got a know-it-all— the kind who likes to tell the proper way to sit and walk and count and speak and spell.
My class has got a know-it-all— the kind who always knows the stuff that happened yesterdays or even long agos.
She’s constantly correcting me if I’m a little wrong, like when I bring a bug to class or when I sing a song.
You wonder why a rooster crows? Exactly how a flower grows? And who invented radios? Or even if a glowworm glows? (I can't believe it, but she knows.)
You wonder why the sky is blue? And how your paper airplane flew? Just if a fact is false or true? Or when our book report is due? (I can’t believe she knows that, too.)
You might think I’d be angry with this showy, knowy creature. But someday I will be like her: I’m going to be a teacher.
I liked this poem because it shows how children really do think that teachers know everything. It also exemplifies why teachers must be so careful with what they do and say; because of the pedestal that students put teachers on, we can not lead them in the wrong direction. I liked the section of the website called "poetry class" it gives students ideas and formats for writing poems.
Jen Goodman
  • Confession By: Bruce Lansky
I have a brief confession
that I would like to make.
If I don’t get it off my chest
I’m sure my heart will break.
I didn’t do my reading.
I watched TV instead—
while munching cookies, cakes, and chips
and cinnamon raisin bread.
I didn’t wash the dishes.
I didn’t clean the mess.
Now there are roaches eating crumbs—
a million, more or less.
I didn’t turn the TV off.
I didn’t shut the light.
Just think of all the energy
I wasted through the night.
I feel so very guilty.
I did a lousy job.
I hope my students don’t find out
that I am such a slob.
I found this poem on Giggle Poetry under the "Mind your Manners" section. While reading this poem I expected the speaker to be a student, but it turned out to be the teacher. This poem would be enjoyable and funny for younger students to read and share their thoughts on the twist ending. The reader of the poem does not find out until the last two lines that the person who is being messy, lazy, and careless is an adult. I'm sure that a child reading this poem would be able to visualize themselves in this situation, munching on snacks while watching TV, not really wanting to do their homework so imagining an adult, let alone their teacher doing these things, is a commical way to end the poem.
Alysa Dempsey

  • Serious Play: Reading Poetry with Children
    • I really enjoyed this website because it showed how important poetry is for students of all ages. I liked how they said that not all students enjoy literature and reading as much as other students, however; its up to the teachers or parents to give the children a push towards it. This website also shows how poems can be fun! Poetry teaches about real life situations, which makes students eager to keep reading. - Dina Bulson.

  • Instant Poetry Forms
    • I think this website is great for all elementary school grades, but especially for students in grades 3-4. This site allows students to compose their own poems using words and ideas that they plug into the poem generator. I think it is especially helpful for students who are just learning a new form of poetry and are unfamiliar with the style or creation of that form of poetry. This website helps introduce new material by giving students a hands-on activity that they can create quickly and easily on their own. It introduces a new topic to students while still making it fun and exciting, which will make the students want to learn about it. - Kayla Murphy
    • This is a wonderful poetry site. It is easy and fun. I'm not poetic, yet these simple activities make me feel like I'm Shel Silverstein. I will definitely use this in my own classroom. What an invaluable gift to give a child - confidence in poetry. Marie Tondre

  • Online Magnetic Poetry
    • I was hoping when I read the title of this website, that it was what I thought it was. As a kid, we always had magnetic poetry. I had my own magnetic box, and we also had shakespearean poetry on our refrigerator. Even to this day, my friends take the time to stop by our refrigerator to make up a funny line of poetry. I think this site would be great to have set up on a classroom classroom where students could use during free time or during centers. It allows students to choose the different types of poetry they want to use such as best friends or a storyteller. I think this a fun way to allow students to get creative with poetry.- Katie Hargett

  • Shocked Poetry
    • This website would be appropriate for students in upper grades of elementary school because it deals with topics that are of interest to them, like love and mystery. This site could also connect with their science experiments and allows them to explore the creative work of others. -Lauren Wasilewski

A candy bar.
A piece of cake.
A lollipop.
A chocolate shake.
A jelly donut.
Chocolate chips.
Some gummi worms
and licorice whips.

A candy cane.
A lemon drop.
Some bubblegum
and soda pop.
Vanilla wafers.
Cherry punch.
(My mom slept in
while I made lunch.)
- When i came across this poem on giggle poetry website i thought it was really funny to read. It brought me back as a little kid because I always asked for one of these items that were in this poem for my lunch.As a kid we want to have junk food for our lunch like cookies, candy, chocolate, etc. However that barely happens. Our parents make our lunch while we get ready for school and usually contains healthy items like fruit, vegetables or a fun snack like goldfish/pretzels. This poem is a dream lunch for all kids in elementary school.

Erika Mondschein

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. (The website won't let me copy and paste because of copyright problems)
I think this would be a fun poem to read to young children because it is just like the story of Little Red Riding Hood but in poem form which makes it fun to read because of the rhyming.
-Meghan Murphy

I Wrote a Book
By: Robert Pottle

I wrote a book at school today.
I wrote it in a minute.
You only need a second
to read everything that's in it.
It doesn't have a single word.
It has no illustrations.
My teacher tried to grade it,
which caused numerous frustrations.
The kids sure like the book I wrote.
They say it's really cool.
The title of my blank- paged book
is "What I Learned in School."

--I found this poem on the Giggle Poetry website. It made me laugh while reading it because I remember always answering, "Nothing." when I was asked, "What did you learn in school today?" by my parents. I'm sure every child has answered the same. This poem can definitely relate to children. The rhyming of words makes it humorous and enjoyable to read. Enjoyable poetry, such as this, gives children a good impression of poetry and reading and could later influence them to continue to be interested in this type of literature and many others. --- Kelsey Killian

Americans Sharing Poems

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