50 Must-Share Poems for Your Elementary Classroom

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50 Must-Share Poems for Elementary School - WeAreTeachers

With so many great children’s poems out there, it’s hard to pick favorites! But we accepted the challenge, asking for favorite poems for elementary school from the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook and gathering recommendations from our staff. Here are a some poems that will help start a good discussion in your classroom. Most of these are excerpts; look for the links to the full poems under each image. 

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1. “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

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2. “Tan” by Malathi Michelle Iyengar 

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3. “The Corn-Stalk Fiddle” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

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4. “Since Hanna Moved Away,” by Judith Viorst 

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5. “Drum Dream Girl” by Margarita Engle

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6. “My Chinatown” by Kam Mak 

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7. “Friends” by Abbie Farwell Brown

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8. “Reading” by Jacqueline Woodson

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9. “The Tyger” by William Blake

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10. “Knoxville, Tennessee” by Nikki Giovanni 

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11. “Maggie and Milly and Molly and May” by e.e. cummings 

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12. “How to Paint a Donkey” by Naomi Shihab Nye 

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13. “The Purple Cow” by Gelett Burgess

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14. “Val” by Gwendolyn Brooks

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15. “The Dream of Shoji” by Kimiko Hahn 

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16. “Poor Old Lady” by Anonymous

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17. “After the Winter” by Claude McKay 

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18. “Rathers” by Mary Hunter Austin

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19. “Homework! Oh, Homework!” by Jack Prelutsky

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20. “The Eloquent Young Elephant” by Sheree Fitch 

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21. “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein

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22. “Moon Festival” by Marilyn Singer

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23. “Unexpected Holiday” by Alma Flor Ada

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24. “The Quarrel” by Maxine Kumin

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25. “Ode to My Shoes” by Francisco X. Alarcón

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26. “The Parakeets” by Alberto Blanco 

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27. “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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28. “The Rainbow” by Christina Rossetti 

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29. “Halfway Down” by A.A. Milne

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30. “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou

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31. “The Spider and the Fly” by Mary Howitt

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32. “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

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33. “Wallet Size” by Nikki Grimes

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34. “Adventures of Isabel” by Ogden Nash

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35. “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll

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36. “Mrs. Mitchell’s Underwear” by Dennis Lee

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37. “The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee” by N. Scott Momaday

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38. “The Swing” by Robert Louis Stevenson

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39. “Autumn” by Alexander Posey 

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40. “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

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41. “Marshlands” by Emily Pauline Johnson 

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

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43. “I, Too” by Langston Hughes

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44. “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams 

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45. “Coquí” by Carmen Bernier-Grand 

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46. “The Dentist and the Crocodile” by Roald Dahl

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47. “Dino Thought” by Jane Yolen

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48. “Bee! I’m Expecting You!” by Emily Dickinson

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49. “To Catch a Fish” by Eloise Greenfield 

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50. “Ode to Teachers” by Pat Mora 

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What are your favorite poems for elementary school? Come share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Plus, our must-share poems for middle school and high school

50 Must-Share Poems for Your Elementary Classroom

Posted by Stacy Tornio

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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