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Poems
We will try to memorize one poem per week starting next week September 9th, 2013
I will provide the students with a copy of the poem and will also post the poem on my webpage.

These poems below are a sample of the poems from the previous school year, to find this year's poem, simply go to the homework page.

Due December 8th, 2014

My Brother Shaved His Teddy Bear

My brother shaved his Teddy Bear
about a year ago,
he did a very thorough job
and stripped it, head to toe.
He acted sort of suddenly,
entirely on a whim.
It sounds a bit unusual...
it's normal though, for him.

Before my brother shaved it,
it was quite a handsome bear,
but now it looks pathetic
and appears beyond repair.
Its fur was soft and velvety,
luxurious and long.
He thought it would grow back again--
it looks like he was wrong.

Due November 10th
Today is Very Boring

Today is very boring,
it's a very boring day,
there is nothing much to look at,
there is nothing much to say,
there's a peacock on my sneakers,
there's a penguin on my head,
there's a dormous on my doorstep,
I am going back to bed.

Today is very boring,
it is boring through and through,
there is absolutely nothing
that I think I want to do,
I see giants riding rhinos,
and an ogre with a sword,
there's a dragon blowing smoke rings,
I am positively bored.

Today is very boring,
I can hardly help but yawn,
there's a flying saucer landing
in the middle of my lawn,
a volcano just erupted
less than half a mile away,
and I think I felt an earthquake,
it's a very boring day.



Week Four (Due October 6th)
I fell asleep in class today,
as I was awfully bored.
I laid my head upon my desk
and closed my eyes and snored.
I woke to find a piece of paper
sticking to my face.
I'd slobbered on my textbooks
and my hair was a disgrace.
My clothes were badly rumpled
and my eyes were glazed and red.
My binder left a three-ring
indentation on my head.
I slept through class, and probably
I could have slept some more,
Except my students woke me
as they headed out the door.


WEEK TWO (due Septemer 18)
I Do Not Wish to Go to School
"I do not wish to go to school,"
insisted Sarah Sue,
'and Mother, if you make me,
I will eat a worm or two."

"Do you mean worms like these, my dear?"
her mother firmly said.
"I got them in the garden,
they're extremely long and red.

"They're both the very juiciest
and plumpest I could find."
"I'm off for school," said Sarah Sue,
"for I have changed my mind!






WEEK TWO TEACHER,TEACHER (Due September 17th)
Teacher, Teacher, Pick me Please,
I know the name is Hercules.
Ask me, Ask me, just this once,
I'll prove to you I'm not a dunce.

My hand, my hand, is waving high,
Won't you catch it with your eye?
My heart, my heart, is beating fast,
Just waiting for you to ask.

Me? You picked me?
wow Me!
The answer?
Um! Ahh! Oh! Ought!
I think, I think,
I just forgot.

Week Three
Due September 29th

Substitute Teacher
Today we had a substitute.
She wasn't sweet.
She wasn't cute.
Her hair could scare a ghastly ghost.
Her breath could turn bread into toast.
She barely fit inside the door
And looked much like a dinosaur.
Each time she spoke the windows shook,
And when she read she broke the book.
She didn't have a lesson plan
But walked like an orangutan.
And if someone would misbehave,
Her screams could start a tidal wave.
But if you think that she's a creature,
Wait till you meet our REGULAR teacher.

The Drought
Our farmland is dry and our soil is dust,
And there has been no rain.
This means there's a drought
And we are without
Fresh water for our grain.
For example, our wheat and corn
Have shriveled in the sun.
\This happen because a drought has come,
Affecting everyone.

A Guessing Game
Mrs. Festa put a a feather
on her Sunday hat.
She added seven purple plumes,
three fake birds
and a toy cat.
"How wonderful!", cried Mrs. Festa,
"I have room for more!"
She added two petunias,
and a plastic dinosaur,
three silver forks,
a wooden spoon,
a piece of frosted cake.
"Oh, what a fancy hat," she said,
"my new additions make."
But when she strutted out the door
the wind laughed right out loud.
"What a mixed-up hat, " he huffed,
"to carry such a silly crowd."
He blew away the three fake birds,
the dinosaur, and cat.
Now, can you guess how many things
still rest on Mrs. Festa's hat?

Due January 31, 2012
I promise to read
Each day and each night.
I know it's the key
To growing up right.
I'll read to myself,
I'll read to a crowd.
It makes no difference
If silent or loud.
I'll read at my desk,
At home and at school,
On my bean bag or bed,
By the fire or pool.
Each book that I read
Puts smarts in my head,
'Cause brains grow more thoughts
The more they are fed.
So I take this oath
To make reading my way
Of feeding my brain
What it needs every day.



Due February 7th, 2012, 2012
I Can't Write A Poem
Forget it.
You must be kidding.
I'm still half asleep.
My eyes keep closing.
My brain isn't working.
I don't have a pencil.
I don't have any paper.
My desk is wobbly.
I don't know what to write about.
And besides, I don't even know how to write a poem.
I've got a headache. I need to see the nurse.
Time's up? Uh oh!
All  I have is this dumb list of excuses.
You like? Really? No kidding?
Thanks a lot.
Would you like to see another one?

Due January 11th, 2012
Falling Asleep in Class
        by Kenn Nesbitt
I fell asleep in class today,
as I was awfully bored.
I laid my head upon my desk
and  closed my eyes and snored.
I woke to find a piece of paper
sticking to my face.
I'd slobbered on my textbooks,
and my hair was a disgrace.
My clothes were badly rumpled,
and my eyes were glazed and red.
My binder left a three-ring
indentation in my head.
I slept through class, and probably
I would have slept some more,
except my students woke me
as they headed out the door.


Due December 21
Hyperbole Cafe
Welcome to our restaurant
Where everything's gigantic.
A hundred waiters hold one dish.
Our kitchen can get frantic.
Our soup is deeper than the sea.
Our noodles stretch a mile.
The bread is longer than a train.
It's sure to make you smile.
We pileour peas up mountain high.
One cookie hides the moon.
We pour our iced tea into boats.
We hope you'll visit soon.
NOvember 28th/due 12/6
My Sister Whispered Magic Words
My sister whispered magic words
directly in my ear,
The second that she said them
I began to disappear.
She said her words a second time,
I couldn't even think,
for suddenly I wasn't there,
I'd vanished in a blink.
I haven't got the least idea
where I am standing now,
I'd like to get back home again,
but simply don't know how.
I hope this doesn't last too long,
for though it doesn't hurt,
my mother's making chocolate cake...
I hate to miss dessert.

Homework
Attention all students! Attention all kids!
Hold onto your horses! Hold onto your lids!
We have just exactly the thing that you need
whenever you've way too much homework to read.

The Marvelous Homework and Housework Machine
will always make sure that your bedroom is clean.
It loves to write book reports ten pages long,
then put all your toys away where they belong.

This wonderful gadget will do all your math,
then mop up your messes and go take your bath.
The Marveous Homework and Housework Machine
is truly like no other gizmo you've seen.
It hangs up your clothes on their hangers and hooks,
then reads all your boring geography books.
It brings you a pillow to give you a rest,
then brushes your teeth and prepares for your test.

This thing is amazing. I'm sure you'll agree.
It feeds you dessert while you're watching T.V.
There's only one thing this device will not do. It won't eat your Brussels sprouts; they're like, P.U.


My Brother Shaved My Teddy Bear
My brother shaved my teddy bear,
about a year ago,
he did a very thorough job
and stripped it,head to toe.
He acted sort of suddenly,
entirely on a whim.
It sounds a bit unusual..
it's normal though, for him.
Before my brother shaved it,
it was quite a handsome bear,
but now it looks pathetic
and appears beyond repair.
Its fur was soft and velvety,
luxurious and long.
He thought it would grow back agin-
it looks like he was wrong.

Substitute Teacher
Today we had a substitute.
She wasn't sweet.
She wasn't cute.
Her hair could scare a ghastly ghost.
Her breath could turn bread into toast.
She barely fit inside the door
And looked much like a dinosaur.
Each time she spoke the windows shook,
And when she read she broke the book.
She didn't have a lesson plan
but walked like an orangutan.
And if someone would mishbehave,
Her screams could start a tidal wave.
But ifyou thnk that SHE'S a creature,
Wait till you meet our REGULAR teacher.


Tell Me One Good Thing
Tell me one good thing about yourself,One thing you truly treasure.
Tell me one good thing about today, One thing that gave you pleasure.
Tell me one good thing about tomorrow,One thing you hope to do.
Tell me one good thing you'll think about, As sleep comes softly to you.
Let good things fill your dreams tonight
With happy thoughs and laughing ones.
Keep warm, my child, sleep tight, my love
Until the morning comes.

Freddie
I don't like doing homework,
I know that it will bore me.
But now I am much happier,
Cause Freddie does it for me!
He greets me at the door each day
When I come home from school.
He just can't wait to read my books-
I think that's pretty cool!
I give him all my homework,
Like history and math.
And when he's done I give him
A nice warm bubble bath!
My grades are so much better now,
Which makes my parents glad.
Freddie is the smartest dog
That I have ever had!


I Do Not Wish to Go to School
"I do not wish to go to school,"
insisted Sarah Sue,
"and Mother, if you make me,
I will eat a worm or two."
"Do you mean worms like these, my dear?"
her mother firmly said.
"I got them in the garden,
they're extremely long and red.
"They're both the very juiciest
and plumpest I could find."
"I'm off for school," said Sarah sue,
"for I have changed my mind!"


Teacher, Teacher.

Teacher, teacher, pick me please,
I know the name is Hercules.
Ask me, ask me, just this once,
I will prove to you I'm not a dunce.
My hand, my hand, is waving high,
Won't you catch it with your eye.
My heart, my heart, is beating fast,
Just waiting for you to ask.
Me, you picked me, Wow! Me!
The answer,.... um,  uh..., ah, oght,
I think, I think, I just forgot.











Due April 13, 2011


Keep A Poem In Your Pocket


By Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

 

Keep a poem in your pocket

And a picture in your head

And you’ll never feel lonely

At night when you’re in bed.

 

The little poem will sing to you

The little picture bring to you

A dozen dreams to dance to you

At night when you’re in bed.

 

So - -

Keep a picture in your pocket

And a poem in your head

And you’ll never feel lonely

At night when you’re in bed.





Homework! Oh, Homework! (Due April 6)

Homework! Oh Homework!
I hate you ! You stink!
I wish I could wash you away
in the sink,
if only a bomb
would explode you to bits.
Homework! Oh Homework!
You're giving me fits.

I'd rather take baths
with a man-eating shark,
or wrestle a lion
alone in the dark,
eat spinach and liver
pet ten porcupines,
than tackle the homework
my teacher assigns.

Homework! Oh Homework!
You're last on my list,
I simply can't see
why you even exist,
if you just disappeared
it would tickle me pink.
Homework! Oh Homework!
I hate you! You stink!
















A a
Ant, apple, and answer, too,
Adam, Alice, and Abbie Sue.
A is the first letter in the alphabet.
A nicer letter I've never met.

Ape, apron, and tummy ache.
How many A words can you make?
Many words and names begin with A,
Like Amy, anchor, arm, and away.

Now read this rhyme both fast and slow,
And find all the A words as you go.








I Had an Invisible Playmate

I had an invisible playmate
that nobody else seemed to see,
I doubt they believed it existed,
it showed itself only to me.
sometimes we chased one another,
sometimes we went for a walk,
sometimes we sat down together
and had a good heart-to-heart talk.

We tossed an invisible beach ball,
we jumped an invisible rope,
we planted invisible flowers,
we climbed an invisible slope.
I thought we'd be playmates forever,
but everything comes to an end-
my grandmother sat on the sofa,
and squashed my invisible friend.



Due December 14, 2010
My Brother Shaved His Teddy Bear
My brother shaved his Teddy Bear about a year ago,
he did a very thorough job and stripped it, head to toe.
He acted sort of suddenly, entirely on a whim.
It sounds a bit unusual.. it's normal though, for him.

'Before my brother shaved it, it was quite a handsome bear,
but now it looks pathetic and appears beyond repair.
Its fur was soft and velvety, luxurious and long.
He thought it would grow back again- it looks like he was wrong.



Due October 12, 2010

Substitute Teacher
Today we had a substitute.
She wasn't sweet.
She wasn't cute.
Her hair could scare a ghastly ghost.
Her breath could turn bread into toast.
She barely fit inside the door
And looked much like a dinosaur.
Each time she spoke the windows shook,
And when she read she broke the book.
She didn't have a lesson plan
But walked like an orangutan.
And if someone would misbehave,
Her screams could start a tidal wave.
But if you think that SHE'S a creature,
Wait till you meet our REGULAR teacher.
















Tell Me One Good Thing
Tell me one good thing about yourself,
One thing you truly treasure.
Tell me one good thing about today,
One thing that gave you pleasure.
Tell me one good thing about tomorrow,
One thing you hope to do.
Tell me one good thing you'll think about
As sleep comes softly to you.
Let good things fill  your dreams tonight
With happy thoughts and laughing ones.
Keep warm, my child.
Sleep tight, my love
Until the morning comes.











I Do Not Wish to Go to School  WEEK ONE (due Septemer 14th)
"I do not wish to go to school,"
insisted Sarah Sue,
'and Mother, if you make me,
I will eat a worm or two."

"Do you mean worms like these, my dear?"
her mother firmly said.
"I got them in the garden,
they're extremely long and red.

"They're both the very juiciest
and plumpest I could find."
"I'm off for school," said Sarah Sue,
"for I have changed my mind!

Pick Me, Please

Teacher
Teacher
Pick me, please
I know the name
Is Hercules,

Ask me
Ask me
Just this once,
I'll prove to you
I'm not a dunce

My hand
My hand
Is waving high,
Won't you catch it
With your eye,

My heart
My heart
Is beating fast,
Just waiting
For you to ask...


Me?
You picked me?
Wow!
Me!

The answer...
Um...
Uh...
Oh..
Ot...
I think..
I think...
I just forgot!























I've Turned into a Carrot

I've turned into a carrot,
it's baffling and strange.
Somehow, while I was sleeping,
I underwent a change.
Last night I was a human,
with head and hands and feet,
this morning I'm a vegetable
I've rarely cared to eat.

I look into the mirror,
and see I'm long and lean.I have an orange body,
my hair is leafy green.
A further complication
compounds my current woe,
a rabbit is approaching...
So long! I've got to go.


I Had an Invisible Playmate

I had an invisible playmate
that nobody else seemed to see,
I doubt they believed it existed
it showed itself only to me.
Sometimes we chased one another
sometimes we went for a walk,
sometimes we sat down together
and had a good heart-to-heart talk.

We tossed an invisible beach ball,
we jumped an invisible rope,
we planted invisible flowers,
we climbed an invisible slope.
I thought we'd be playmates forever,
but everything comes to an end-
my grandmother sat on the sofa,
and squashed my invisible friend.









Read Across America Poem


You're never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You're never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you've got.
In schools and communities,
Let's gather around,
Let's pick up a book,
Let's pass it around.
There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.
Come join us March 2nd
Your own special way
And make this America's
Read to Kids Day
Due March 9

Read Across America Song


 

 

The following song was written and donated to NEA by Glenn Weiss. Sheet music (PDF 1p, 68 KB) is available. Please feel free to use it in your Read Across America events. Enjoy!

 

Read Across America
©2003 Glenn Weiss
Read across America
We're so proud of our whole school
We're reading books across America
You know reading's really cool.
Every book unfolds a world
That'll take you far away.
Come join us young and old,
Boys and girls exercise your mind today.
Your imagination is something you should feed.
For growing inspiration let reading be your seed.
Read across America,
From sea to shining sea
Read across America
Will build a better you and me.
Read across America,
From sea to shining sea
Read across America
Will build a better you and me.
Will build a better you and me.
 











Due March 2nd

Sometimes when I don't want to go,
To visit someone I don't know,
They never stop to ask me why.
She's shy
They say
She's shy.

Or if we're leaving someone's house,
they say I'm quiet as a mouse
when I forget to say good-bye.
She's shy
They say
She's shy

Cat's got her tongue, they always say,
She often does clam up this way,
She's silent as a stone today.
She's shy
They say
She's shy

I am not shy-or if I am
I'm not a mouse or stone or clam.
I like to look and listen to
What other people say and do.
If I can't think of things to say,
Why should I say things anyway?
I don't see why
that makes me shy
                           Mary Ann Hoberman














I Do Not Wish to Go to School  WEEK ONE
"I do not wish to go to school,"
insisted Sarah Sue,
'and Mother, if you make me,
I will eat a worm or two."

"Do you mean worms like these, my dear?"
her mother firmly said.
"I got them in the garden,
they're extremely long and red.

"They're both the very juiciest
and plumpest I could find."
"I'm off for school," said Sarah Sue,
"for I have changed my mind!"


WEEK TWO TEACHER,TEACHER
Teacher, Teacher, Pick me Please,
I know the name is Hercules.
Ask me, Ask me, just this once,
I'll prove to you I'm not a dunce.

My hand, my hand, is waving high,
Won't you catch it with your eye?
My heart, my heart, is beating fast,
Just waiting for you to ask.

Me? You picked me?
wow Me!
The answer?
Um! Ahh! Oh! Ought!
I think, I think,
I just forgot.

Not to be Memorized Yet

Freddie
I don't like doing homework,
I know that it will bore me.
But now I am much happier
'Cause Freddie does it for me!


He greets me at the door each day
When I come home from school.
He just can't wait to read my books-
I think that's pretty cool!

I give him all my homework,
Like history and math.
And when he's done I give him
A nice warm bubble bath!

My grades are so much better now,
Which makes my parents glad.
Freddie is the smartest dog
That I have ever had!

Today is Very Boring
Today is very boring,
it's a very boring day,
there is nothing much to look at,
there is nothing much to say,
there's a peacock on my sneakers
there's a penguin on my head,
there's a dormouse on my doorstep,
I am going back to bed.

Today is very boring,it is boring through and through,
there is absolutely nothing
that I think I want to do,
I see giants riding rhinos,
and an ogre with a sword.
there's a dragon blowing smoke rings,
I am positively bored.

Today is very boring,
I can hardly help but yawn,
there's a flying saucer landing
in the middle of my lawn,
a volcano just erupted
less than half a mile away,
and I think I felt an earthquake,
it's a very boring day.





November 10,  Substitute

Today we had a substitute.
She wasn't sweet.
She wasn't cute.
Her hair could scare a ghastly ghost.
Her breath could turn bread into toast.
She barely fit inside the door
And looked much like a dinosaur.
Each time she spoke the windows shook,
And when she read she broke the book.
She didn't have a lesson plan
But walked like an orangutan.
And if someone would misbehave,
Her screams could start a tidal wave.
But if you think that SHE'S a creature,
Wait till you meet our REGULAR teacher.

EXTRA CREDIT/DUE NOVEMBER 12

IN FLANDERS FIELD by JOHN McCRAE

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short day ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.








The Fog
I like the fog
It's soft and cool,
It hides everything
On the way to school.
I can't see a house
I can't see a tree,
Because the fog
Is playing with me.
The sun comes out
The fog goes away,
But it shall come back
Another day.


Wonderful Weather
I like to watch the way the wind
can spin a weather vane.
I like to wear my big blue boots
to splash with in the rain.
I like to ride my bright red sled
on cold snowy days.
I like to feel the sun's warm rays
when I wade in the ocean waves.
Wind, rain, snow, and sun
Every kind of weather is wonderful and fun!
ate cake...
I hate to miss dessert.

Pumpkin Poem (due October 27)
One day I found two pumpkin seeds.
I planted one and pulled the weeds.
It sprouted roots and a big, lone vine.
A pumpkin grew; I called it mine.
The pumpkin was quite round and fat.
(I really am quite proud of that.)
But there is something I'll admit
That has me worried just a bit.
I ate the other seed , you see.
Now will it grow inside of me?
(I'm so relieved since I have found
That pumpkins only grow in the ground!)

My Brother Shaved His Teddy Bear (Due November 23)
My brother shaved his Teddy Bear
about a year ago,
he did a very thorough job
and stripped it, head to toe.
He acted sort of suddenly,
entirely on a whim.
It sounds a bit unusual...
it's normal though, for him.

Before my brother shaved it,
it was quite a handsome bear,
but now it looks pathetic
and appears beyond repair.
Its fur was soft and velvety,
luxurious and long.
He thought it would grow back again-
it looks like he was wrong.




.
 
Ea Bad, m Rain in Summer

How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain!

How it clatters along the roofs,
Like the tramp of hoofs!
How it gushes and struggles out
From the throat of the overflowing spout!

Across the window-pane
It pours and pours;
and swift and wide.
With a muddy tide,
Like a river down the gutter roars