RSS

Blog posts tagged with 'poetry'

A Highly Subjective Guide to Kids’ Poetry

Start off National Poetry Month with Bruce Lansky's essay on children's poetry at Poetry Foundation:

A Highly Subjective Guide to Kids' Poetry

"Mary Had a Little Jam"

Mary Had a Little Jam

©Bruce Lansky from Mary Had a Little Jam, published by Meadowbrook Press.

Giggle Poetry

Giggle Poetry

Check out the newly redesigned Giggle Poetry website for tons of poetry fun and laughs!

There's lots to read and explore and be sure to watch for new poems and lessons coming soon!

"My New Pet"

Picture of Miles of Smiles

Poetry Theater adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in Miles of Smiles.

Summary: A child tries to decide which pet to buy.

Presentation Suggestions: Read or perform the poem with your friends. Act out the different lines while you read them.

Props: A pet (like a dog or a cat) would be a great prop for the poem. However, if you don't have any pets, the poem can be read without them.

Delivery: The lines of the poem should be read with poetic rhythm but don’t worry too much about this. For more information on poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry, please read the Performing Poetry at our Poetry Teachers site.

Characters:
Child
Dad


My New Pet

Child:

     I asked my father for a pet.

     he said:

Dad:   

     I’ll take you shopping.

Child:

      My father took me to a store
     where animals were hopping.

     He asked me:

Dad:

       Which one would you like?

Child:

     So I picked out a puppy,
     a parakeet, a rabbit,
     plus a gerbil and a guppy
     I also picked a monkey
     and a yellow Siamese cat,
     a turtle, snake, and lizard,
     plus a very big white rat.

     
My dad said:

Dad:

     If you want a pet,
     then you will have to feed it.

Child:

     Instead, I picked a storybook.
    I cannot wait to read it.

© Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem "My New Pet" from Miles of Smiles, published by Meadowbrook Press.

"I've Been Burping in the Classroom"

I've Been Burping in the Classroom

© copyright Kathy Kenney-Marshall from I've Been Burping in the Classroom with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

"What I Did While Watching the Super Bowl"

by Bruce Lansky

What I Did While Watching the Super Bowl

The story behind the poem: I usually go skiing on Super Bowl Sunday (if there’s any snow* in Minnesota). Really! There’s no one else on the ski slope because roughly 99% of Minnesotans (where I live) are watching the Super Bowl on TV. And the game is usually a blowout—with a score like 49 to 3.

But what if there’s a kid, somewhere, who’s like me and has other things he or she would rather do than watch another Super Bowl blowout. And what if this kid’s family makes watching the Super Bowl a “must” activity, like going to church on Sunday and going to school Monday through Friday, so he or she couldn’t possibly sneak out to meet me on the ski slope.

Of course, the kid is bored silly---and this poem predicts what will probably happen. The rhythm is very simple. In that respect, it reminds me a little of “Snow Day” by one of my favorite poets.

Hope you like it.

*FYI, if there’s no snow, I go bowling on Super Bowl Sunday.

© copyright Bruce Lansky from Funny Little Poems for Funny Little People with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

"Turn Off the TV"

Picture of My Dog Ate My Homework!

Poetry Theater adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in My Dog Ate My Homework.

Summary: A child debates watching TV with his parents.

Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class.

Props: A TV would be a great prop but if one is not available the poem can be performed without it.

Delivery: The lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information, please read the Performing Poetry section at our Poetry Teachers site.

Characters:
Child
Mom
Dad


Turn Off the TV!

Child:

My father gets quite mad at me;
my mother gets upset--
when they catch me watching
our new television set.

Dad (yelling):

Turn that thing off!

Mom:

It's time to study.

Dad:

I'd rather watch my favorite TV show
with my best buddy.
I sneak down after homework
and turn the set on low.
But when she sees me watching it,
my mother yells out . . .

Mom (yelling):

No!

Dad:

If you don't turn it off,
I'll hang it from a tree!

Child:

I rather doubt he'll do it,
'cause he watches more than me.
He watches sports all weekend,
and weekday evenings too,
while munching chips and pretzels--
the room looks like a zoo.
So if he ever got the nerve
to hang it from a tree,
he'd spend a lot of time up there--
watching it with me.

© Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem "Turn Off the TV" from My Dog Ate My Homework, published by Meadowbrook Press.

"Mystery Meal" by Bruce Lansky

I've Been Burping in the Classroom

© copyright Bruce Lansky from I've Been Burping in the Classroom with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

"Santa Claus is Hungry Tonight"

Santa Claus is Hungry Tonight

© copyright Timothy Tocher from Oh My Darling, Porcupine with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

"Help Wanted"

Kids Pick the Funniest Poems

© copyright Timothy Tocher from Kids Pick the Funniest Poems with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Signup to receive
news, specials & more!