50 Must-Share Poems for Your Elementary Classroom

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50 Must-Share Poems for Elementary School - WeAreTeachers

Poetry is the gateway to getting even your most word-resistant students to fall in love with words. There is something for everyone when it comes to poetry. Bring on your rule breakers, your structure lovers, and your aspiring rappers! Starting poetry in the elementary classroom should be a no-brainer but it can be tough to find poems for elementary school. We pulled together poems to get every kid saying, “Hey, I like that!”

1. Tan by Malathi Michelle Iyengar 

2. Laundry Hugger by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

3. The Corn-Stalk Fiddle by Paul Laurence Dunbar

4. Since Hanna Moved Away by Judith Viorst . 

5. Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle 

6. My Chinatown by Kam Mak 

7. Friends by Abbie Farwell Brown

8. Reading by Jacqueline Woodson

9. The Tyger by William Blake

10. Knoxville, Tennessee by Nikki Giovanni 

11. maggie and milly and molly and may by e.e. cummings 

12. How to Paint a Donkey by Naomi Shihab Nye 

13. The Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess

14. Val by Gwendolyn Brooks

15. The Dream of Shoji by Kimiko Hahn 

16. Poor Old Lady by Anonymous

17. After the Winter by Claude McKay 

18. Rathers by Mary Hunter Austin

19. Homework! Oh, Homework! by Jack Prelutsky

20. Notes on the Peanut by June Jordan

21. Sick by Shel Silverstein

22. Moon Festival by Marilyn Singer

23. Unexpected Holiday by Alma Flor Ada


24. The Quarrel by Maxine Kumin

25. Jaguar by Francisco X. Alarcón

26. The Parakeets by Alberto Blanco 

27. Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

28. The Rainbow by Christina Rossetti 

29. Now We Are 6 by A.A. Milne

30. To Catch a Fish by Eloise Greenfield 

31. The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt

32. Dino Thought by Jane Yolen

33. Wallet Size by Nikki Grimes

34. The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee by N. Scott Momaday

35. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

36. The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson

37. Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog by Judith Viorst

38. Trees by Joyce Kilmer

39. Autumn by Alexander Posey 

40. Invictus by William Ernest Henley

41. Marshlands by Emily Pauline Johnson 

42. Amelia’s First Ski Run by Nora Marks Dauenhauer

43. I, Too by Langston Hughes

44. The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams 

45. Coquí by Carmen Bernier-Grand 

46. The Dentist and the Crocodile by Roald Dahl

47. A Riddle by Christina Rossetti

48. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou

49. Cat by Marilyn Singer

50. Recess! Oh Recess! by Darren Sardelli

There are so many other poems you can find in books of poetry. Many are not available on the internet, but poetry books will be much loved in the classroom.

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50 Must-Share Poems for Your Elementary Classroom

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