One of the most impactful ways that you can teach kids the power of the written word is through poetry. That’s why we’ve put together this list of fun 2nd grade poems to help you get started. You’ll find poems that are short and sweet and others that will jumpstart those growing minds.

1. Second Grade Superstars by Anonymous

Second Grade Superstars by Anonymous

“I’m a success!”

2. The Porcupine by Ogden Nash

“Any hound a porcupine nudges…”

3. At the Zoo by William Makepeace Thackeray

“First I saw the white bear, then I saw the black…”

4. Mary’s Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale

“Mary had a little lamb…”

5. I Taught My Cat to Clean My Room by Kenn Nesbitt

I Taught My Cat to Clean My Room by Kenn Nesbitt

“…to use a bucket, brush and broom.”

6. A Silly Crow by Andrea Crawford

“Here is a very silly crow…”

7. Snakes by Mariah Deitrick

“A snake can glide from side to side…”

8. An ancient pond! By Matsuo Basho

“With a sound from the water…”

9. The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll

The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll

“How doth the little crocodile…”

10. My Dog Does My Homework by Kenn Nesbitt

“…at home every night.”

11. My Big Fat Cat by Christian M. Mitewu

“I own a big fat cat- The fattest for miles around.”

12. The Parakeets by Alberto Blanco

“They talk all day…”

13. The Pasture by Robert Frost

The Pasture by Robert Frost

“I’m going out to clean the pasture spring…”

14. HOW NOT TO HAVE TO DRY THE DISHES by Shel Silverstein

“If you have to dry the dishes…”

15. The Goops by Gelett Burgess

“The meanest trick I ever knew…”

16. If I Were In Charge Of The World by Judith Viorst

“I’d cancel oatmeal…”

17. My Best Friend by Abby Jenkins

“Black and white…”

18. Eletelephony by Laura Elizabeth Richards

Eletelephony by Laura Elizabeth Richards

“Once there was an elephant…”

19. The Forest by Annette Wynne

“The forest is the town of trees…”

20. The Butterfly Ballad by Guy Belleranti

“Butterfly starts as an egg…”

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The Best 2nd Grade Poems To Delight Your Students