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Have your students write some limerick poems about leprechauns for St. Patrick's Day. It’s that time of year when I get tired of doing winter activities with my students, but still walk down the hall and see snowmen and snowflakes decorating the walls and doors.  In a few weeks it’ll be St. Patrick’s Day and I decided to start it this year a little early so I can bring  a pop of color to the wall directly outside my room.

I saw these cute rainbow crafts on Pinterest and decided to tweak it a little so it would include Limerick poems that I wanted to write.

Now, when I taught fifth grade a few years back, we wrote Limerick poems and the students caught on pretty quickly.  I wanted to try it with my third graders this year, but was a bit hesitant because I didn’t know if they would be able to get the hang of both the rhyme scheme and the syllable patterns.

To introduce this, I read a few cute Limericks from a book in our school library.  Then, we used colored pencils to underline the AABBA patterns for a few Limericks that I had printed for the students.

After reading those poems, I decided that we would make six examples as a class.  Before school, I thought of six names (for our leprechaun in the poems) that would lend themselves well to rhyming.  I put these six names with the rhyming words under to help spark some ideas.

The first class-written poem was mostly generated by me, but once we started going, and after explaining that the whole Limerick should be like a short story and not individual lines that just happened to rhyme, the students actually started to understand!

Now, I had only planned to spend about 30-45 minutes on this, but I decided to just keep going because they wanted to write one on their own while it was still fresh in their mind.

Although I still think that the syllable pattern could be a bit stronger in some of these, I was very surprised at what these kiddos came up with all on their own.  I was actually laughing as I was reading these, so I thought I’d share a few with you below.

 

Melissa Mazur

Melissa Mazur

My name is Melissa and I am an educator, blogger, and curriculum designer.
I’m here to help offer you teaching tips and low-prep resources to help take some of the burdens off you so you can do what you do best – teach!

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