Start your classroom's day with a humorous and surprising poem perfect for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Whether read for pure fun or used to teach first person perspective, vocabulary, and rhythm and rhyme, any or all of these 12 poems from Mark Weakland's collection The Delicious Chocolate Donut (and other off-kilter poems) is sure to entertain both students and teachers.
Poems include: I Sure Love Pancakes, A Serious Talk from My Parents, A Bug!, The Dinner Guest, The Delicious Chocolate Donut, Hiking to a Waterfall, The Jazz Scat Singer, My Little Life, Mariah's Packed Lunch, Grand Entrance, Poor Reggie White, and Nuh Uh!
Children love poems for two or more people; reading is more fun with a friend! Children can read the multiple-reader poetry with a buddy or with a group of friends, as a morning warm-ups or as part of a poetry unit. Two or more teachers can read one during break time, as part of a formal reading or writing lesson, or during morning messages that celebrate National Poetry Month. All poems are just right for individual dramatic readings and collective Reader's Theater. They are also wonderful vehicles for teaching creative writing, onomatopoeia, puns and word play, punch lines, alliteration, and figurative language.
These poems are part of a larger 34 poem collection entitled The Delicious Chocolate Donut (And Other Off-Kilter Poems). Inspired by Prelutsky, Silverstein, and Roald Dahl, the collection is a look at the world through a child's eyes. A disappearing chocolate donut, a leaping lunch bag, spilled spaghetti, klutzy kids, a plethora of pancakes - you can find them in the complete collection available on Amazon.com.