Who doesn’t love a good laugh? National Limerick is the perfect way to celebrate reading and writing in May. National Limerick Day is celebrated on May 12th. Here are some fun ideas to incorporate in your classroom as well as some discussions questions for you and your students.
What is National Limerick Day? Originally it was celebrated to Edward Lear. A well known author, illustrator and poet. He was born on May 12, 1812. Limericks were made popular in 1848 with the publishing of his book entitled “Book of Nonsense".
How do you write a limerick? Limericks are humorous poems that have a specific pattern. They contain 5 lines with 5-7 syllables. The 1st, 2nd and 5th lines rhyme.
How can classrooms celebrate?
- Read Limericks
- Write Limericks
- Post your limerick activities or original limericks on social media with the hashtag #NationalLimerickDay
A Limerick Example and other resourcesMy favorite limerick resource on the Big Universe
MightyBook From the publisher, "A series of lighthearted limericks about the grim reaper and other somber characters."
Or read an entire story written in limerick style.
I have enjoyed using the poetry idea engine with my students as well. It includes preset options for students to make silly poems.
Give it a try! Here's mine:
There once was a cranky giraffe Who hadn’t smiled since he was a calf. But one night a bunny
Said a prank quite funny,
So he finally laughed a good laugh.
What are the benefits of limericks?
Students can learn writing skills specific to poetry. ELA standards for 5th grade from corestandards.org specific addresses limericks when teaching poetry.
Students in K-5 apply the Reading standards to the following range of text types, with texts selected from a broad range of cultures and periods.
|Stories||Dramas||Poetry||Literary Nonfiction and Historical, Scientific, and Technical Texts|
|Includes children’s adventure stories, folktales, legends, fables, fantasy, realistic fiction, and myth||Includes staged dialogue and brief familiar scenes||Includes nursery rhymes and the subgenres of the narrative poem, limerick, and free verse poem||Includes biographies and autobiographies; books about history, social studies, science, and the arts; technical texts, including directions, forms, and information displayed in graphs, charts, or maps; and digital sources on a range of topics|
We love to hear from our readers, how will you spend National Limerick Day?