5th Grade

28 Fresh & Fun 5th Grade Poems to Share With Students

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Homework Stew by Kenn Nesbitt -- fifth grade poems

Fifth grade students have been learning about rhymes all of their lives. Most of the poems from their younger years, though, may be feeling cheesy to them now. As they approach the end of their elementary school years, they’re ready for something more substantial. We’ve put together a list of 5th grade poems to take your poetry lessons to the next level!

1. Homework Stew by Kenn Nesbitt

Homework Stew by Kenn Nesbitt -- fifth grade poems

“I cooked my math book in a broth.”

2. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Francis William Bourdillon

“And the day but one.”

3. Spring by Henry Gardiner Adams

“A bursting into greenness…”


4. Summer by Walter Dean Myers


“I like hot days, hot days.”

5. This Morning is Our History Test by Kenn Nesbitt

“I’ve pinned my notes inside my vest.”

6. Autumn by Emily Dickinson

Autumn by Emily Dickinson

“Through the street of St. Germain…”

7. A Lesson by Ruby Archer

“Would ye build that generations…”

8. Winter by Russell Blair

“Winter is white as a fluffy cloud.”

9. The Scarecrow by Annie Stone

“A figure rugged and forlorn…”

10. I Have to Write a Poem by Kenn Nesbitt

“So maybe I’ll just make a rhyme.”

11. Harlem by Langston Hughes

“What happens to a dream deferred”

12. Peepers by William Skinner

Peepers by William Skinner

“A voice of amphibians chirping…”

13. My Pets by Lacey Broughton

“My dog’s name is Missy.”

14. Who Has Seen the Wind? By Christina Rossetti

“Neither I nor you.”

15. Falling Snow by Amanda Colomb

“It looks like a big white blanket.”

16. The Miser by Ruby Archer

“I caught old Ocean this morning early…”

17. In Time’s Swing by Lucy Larcom

“Father Time, your footsteps go…”

18. If-ing by Langston Hughes

If-Ing by Langston Hughes

“If I had some small change I’d buy me a mule…”

19. Adventures by Holly Fiato

“You can meet anyone.”

20. Toad by the Road by Joanne Ryder

“Watching the world go by.”

21. The Sky by Elizabeth Madox Roberts

“I saw a shadow on the ground.”

22. I’m Nobody—Who are You? By Emily Dickinson

I'm Nobody -- Who Are You by Emily Dickinson -- fifth grade poems

“Are you nobody, too?”

23. Conscience and Remorse by Paul Laurence Dunbar

“And conscience smitten sorely…”

24. Bleezer’s Ice Cream by Jack Prelutsky

“I am Ebenezer Bleezer…”

25. Merry-Go-Round by Langston Hughes

“On the bus we’re put in the back…”

26. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

“Whose woods these are I think I know.”

27. The Branch by Elizabeth Madox Roberts

“We stopped at the branch on the way to the hill.”

28. School Year Extension by Kenn Nesbitt

School Year Extentsion by Kenn Nesbitt

“I know it’s the last day of school…”

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28 Fresh & Fun 5th Grade Poems to Share With Students