Way down South, where bananas grow,
A grasshopper stepped on an elephant’s toe.
The elephant cried with tears in his eyes,
“Why don’t you pick on someone your own size?”
I loved when the kids laughed at it because it was funny! Even the kindergarteners liked it!! I wish I would have done this earlier, but I made a little page for students to copy poems onto. Click here or the image below to grab a copy. Then read about three fun poetry books and a great website for FREE poetry!
The first book I will review today is Laugh-a-teria by Douglas Florian.
This book is full of funny poems that children love! When I had it on my classroom shelf, it was one that kids would always pick up and read. Even the boys loved it! The book includes fun poems like "Why My Homework is Missing", "School Lunch", and "Substitute Teacher", the kids are sure to be laughing! And the pictures in the book make the poems even funnier!
Another great poetry book I enjoy using is A Spider Bought a Bicycle with poems chosen by Michael Rosen.
One of my favorite poetry books of all time is Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman.
One of my favorite poetry websites is Giggle Poetry, Bruce Lansky's website.
Here you can find loads of funny poems, like "My Teacher Likes her iPod", "How to Torture Your Teacher", and "How to Torture Your Students", students will roar laughing! I used this site quite a bit when I was tutoring a sixth grade student. She laughed out loud at the poems and actually was able to relate to some of the poems.
So, go check out these poem books and websites! April is Poetry Month, and there are many great poetry books out there! Which ones are your favorites?