28 Must-Share Poems for Elementary School

Tried-and-true favorites!

April is National Poetry Month, so we pulled together some of our favorite poems for elementary school to teach and inspire your students. From the classics like “The Raven” to more modern pieces like “Turn Off the TV!,” we hope these poems help your students fall in love with verse! You might also want to check out our 24 Must-Share Poems for Middle and High School.

1. “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
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2. “The Tyger” by William Blake
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3. “Poor Old Lady” by Anonymous
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4. “Homework! Oh, Homework!” by Jack Prelutsky
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5. “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein
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6. “Unexpected Holiday” by Alma Flor Ada
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7. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
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8. “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss
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9. “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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10. “Halfway Down” by A.A. Milne
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11. “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou
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12. “Turn Off the TV!” by Bruce Lansky
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13. “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
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14. “Kitty Caught a Caterpillar” by Jack Prelutsky
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15. “Adventures of Isabel” by Ogden Nash
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16. “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll
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17. “Mrs. Mitchell’s Underwear” by Dennis Lee
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18. “The Swing” by Robert Louis Stevenson
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19. “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley
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20. “Hope” by Emily Dickinson
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21. “I, Too” by Langston Hughes
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22. “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman

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23. “My Shadow” by Robert Louis Stevenson
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24. “The Dentist and the Crocodile” by Roald Dahl
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25. “Dino Thought” by Jane Yolen
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26. “Wind on the Hill” by A.A. Milne
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27. “Bee! I’m Expecting You!” by Emily Dickinson
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28. “The Voice” by Shel Silverstein 
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Stacy Tornio

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Stacy Tornio is a senior editor with WeAreTeachers. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.

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