Limericks are for Laughing!

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SWBAT read, understand and write a limerick.

Big Idea

What a better way to get kids hooked on poetry than to introduce them to the world of limericks! In this lesson, students will learn what a limerick is, how a limerick is composed, and create one of their own.


Lesson Opener

15 minutes

To start our Limerick lesson out today, we will share the following YouTube video that shows what a Limerick.


I will also share some of the limericks from the book "Funny Limericks for Kids: Funny Poems for Kids from 7 to 70" by Gemma Green.

Green, G., Funny Limericks for kids: Funny Poems for Kids from 7 to 70 [Kindle Edition]. Retrieved from 

Group Project

20 minutes

Today we will work on the Limerick section of their Pocket Poetry Guides.  We will read through the description page on Limericks and also the steps on creating limericks.  We will then work together as a class to create a limerick together.  This will help them understand the steps to creating a Limerick so that they can create a limerick on their own.



Independent Project

20 minutes

After we have created our class poem, I will then give students time to create their own limerick. As the students are working I will walk around helping those who need ideas or need help with rhyming words etc. Those who finish quickly I will challenge to write another limerick.  

During writing time, I always have the kids  keep what we call a level 0 voice.  Level 0 means that there is no voice at all.  It is quiet work time. I feel strongly that when students are asked to write, the environment needs to be one where they can think and not be distracted. Most of the time I encourage collaboration in my classroom, so a level 0 voice is not expected all the time, but it is during writing.

Lesson Closer

10 minutes

To wrap up our lesson, I will allow students who would like to share their poems to do just that. we have a castle theme in my classroom this year, so when I have the students share their writing they share from our royal reader thrown.  It gets kids excited about sharing their work.