It’s so much fun to see students exploring new ways to use words and learn vocabulary. That’s why poetry is so exciting! We’ve put together this list of sweet 1st grade poems for kids to use in your classroom (or at home!). You’ll find great options of various lengths for all reading levels. Your students will love them! 

1. First Grade Rocks by Lusine Gharibyan

First Grade Rocks by Lusine Gharibyan

“There’s a lot to do!”

2. The Car Trip by Ruth Donelly

“Not on a plane! Not on a ship!”

3. My Lunch by Kenn Nesbitt

“A candy bar. A piece of cake.”

4. Play by Lill Pluta

“I jump. I shake.”

5. Apples, Apples by Liana Mahoney

“Growing on a tree.”

6. High Diddle Diddle by Unknown

“The cat and the fiddle.”

7. Happy Thoughts by Robert Louis Stevenson

9.  Happy Thoughts  by Robert Louis Stevenson

“The world is so full of a number of things…”

8. There Was an Old Man with a Beard by Edward Lear

“Who said, “It is just as I feared!”

9. Baa Baa Black Sheep by Rudyard Kipling

“Have you any wool?”

10. Buzz Buzz Bumblebee by Ruth Donelly

“In the grass.”

11. Opposite Day by Kenn Nesbitt

“The day to do things in the opposite way.”

12. There was an old woman who lived in a shoe by Mother Goose

“She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do.”

13. Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne

Now We Are Six  by A.A. Milne

“When I was One, I had just begun.”

14. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jane Taylor

“How I wonder what you are!”

15. The Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess

“I never saw a Purple Cow.”

16. Colors by Rebecca T. Besser

“Red, blue, yellow, and green.”

17. Scarecrow by Lauren Shirk

“Made of hay.”

18. Deep Sea Dance by Kenn Nesbitt 

“Down on the ocean floor…”

19. Jelly Beans by Valerie Danoff

“Belly, belly, belly beans.”

20. Farewell First Grade by Donna

Farewell First Grade  by Donna

“Bye, bye classroom.”

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20 Sweet and Fun 1st Grade Poems for Kids