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Young scholars explore limericks. In this poetry writing instructional activity, students listen to and read a variety of poems written by Edward Lear. Young scholars count syllables and identify meter by clapping as they read aloud. Students complete a limerick with guided practice and then write a limerick independently.
Students recognize poetic devices including rhyme, syllabification, and meter. They identify the characteristics of a nonsense poem and of a limerick. They write their own limericks.
Fifth graders study limericks. In this language arts lesson, 5th graders read examples of limericks and discuss the characteristics. Students distinguish between two poems and label the limerick.
Introduce your class to the limerick with a focus on the form and its history. Resource is short on procedure, but contains useful suggestions about where to look for school-appropriate limericks for young readers. Examine the a-a-b-b-a rhyme scheme used in limericks. Focuses on the writing of Edward Lear, X.J. Kennedy, and anthologized limericks.
Students use the Internet to find examples of limericks. They discover the culture and history of Ireland. They create their own limericks and share them with the class. They offer strengths and weaknesses.
Students explore the limericks and nonsense poems of Edward Lear. They identify the form and characteristics of the limerick poem, clap out the meter of various limericks, and create an original limerick poem.
Students, after reading/listening to a variety of limericks as well as practicing the rhythm and rhyming patterns of limericks, practice writing, producing and reciting a limerick in front of their peers.
Students research historical periods, and write limericks about a person, place, or artifact from that time period.
Fourth graders discover that a limerick is a form of humorous verse consisting of five lines. They use the Internet to get information about Ireland and the celebration of St. Patrick's Day. They locate major cities in Ireland including Limerick.
Fourth graders look up the definition of "Limerick" in the dictionary. They listen to the teacher explain a limerick and read an example of a limerick. Students brainstorm rhyming words and write their own limericks.
Students conduct Internet research on limericks. Then, with the use of background poetry knowledge and a clear rubric, students create their own limerick.
Students study limericks and their themes. They listen to limericks and identify the rhyming pattern of the verse and recite them in small groups. They create limericks from lists of words to demonstrate rhyming patterns and parts of speech. They write their own limericks including theme, rhyme and punchlines.
Students discover the formula for writing limericks and use it to write their own poems.
Fifth graders create a limerick poem to express their point of view about slavery or jazz roots and/or music synthesizing ideas. They paint a picture using the paint program to illustrate their poem.
In this composing limericks worksheet, students explore how to write limericks as they read examples and then respond to 2 short answer questions intended to help them write their own.
Young oceanographers conduct independent online research to learn about ocean life, explore limerick and cinquain poem structure and syllabication, and produce poetry that conveys the information they found. Links don't work, but it's easy to guide young learners to navigate internet resources. Resource defines and gives examples of limericks and cinquains. Useful for teaching syllabication.
Bring in Poetry Month a little early with a little St. Patrick's Day rhythm and rhyme.
Introduce your class to the delights of nonsense poetry and explore literary devices with the writing of Edward Lear. Learners identify rhyme and meter as well as figures of speech, alliteration, and onomatopoeia in "The Owl and the Pussycat" and, in groups, apply those skills to "The Broom, the Shovel, the Poker and the Tongs." They then prepare their own nonsense poems modeled after Lear's work. 
The teaching of how to write limericks is the focus of this presentation. Learners see verses such as: "There was an old man from Blackneath, Who sat down on his set of false teeth. He said, in his pain, 'I've done it again, I've bitten myself underneath.' "  Then they try their hand at constructing a limerick.
In this limerick worksheet, students read about limericks, read an example, fill in blanks to complete a limerick and complete 4 short "lyrical limerick" activities.

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