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There Once Was A…

We learned a new type of poetry last week, limericks.  The 4th & 5th graders each wrote some of their own.  Here are a few of their examples.

There Was Once a Poem Named Limerick…

Have you guys heard of a Limerick poem? Well, a Limerick poem is a five lined poem that rhymes. FINALLY, a poem that rhymes. Limericks were made famous by Edward Lear, a famous author who wrote The Book of Nonsense in the 1800′s. The entire book was about silly Limericks. Limericks are English, not Irish but there is a county in Ireland and there are fun little poems children could write.


This is how you write a Limerick poem:

The first, second and fifth lines rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables (typically 8 or 9).  The third and fourth lines rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables (typically 5 or 6). Limericks often start with the line “There once was a…” or “There was a…” The rhyme scheme is usually “A-A-B-B-A.” They usually start off with a noun. Here is an example of a Limerick poem that I made:

There once was a boy named Ben

Who sat in his den with a pen

He plays this video game

That is very lame

The game he plays is called Ben Ten

Here is another one that I came up with.

There once was a man named Murray

Who was always eating curry

He ate one that was hot

Right out of the pot

He was in a really big hurry

I think Limerick poems are very interesting to write about. Now here is a question for you. Have you ever written a Limerick poem? Please tell me in the comments below.

Spoiled Elior

Posted by  on February 21, 2013

I am learning about limericks in class. Limericks are very fun to write. This is how you write a limerick. There is a certain rhythm to a limerick. This is how it goes.

da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

da DUM da da DUM

da da DUM da da DUM

da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

See how there is a rhythm to that. That is how all limericks should sound. In class, I wrote a limerick. This is how it goes.

There was a boy named Elior.

He felt that his family was poor. 

He asked for a nook,

but they gave him a book,

so he got very mad and he swore.

That also does sound like a thing I might do. Now that you know about limericks, you can try one yourself. Try one yourself.anger,angry,boys,changing expressions,children,emotions,gritting teeth,kids,mad,males,people,persons,web animations,web elements


Laugh Out Loud Limerick Poems by : Zoe M

In class we have started writing Limerick poems. Limerick poems are usually humorous or nonsense poems. All Limerick poems have five lines. Lines one, two, and five have to rhyme. Lines three and four have to rhyme. I wrote three different Limericks. They are about some of my favorite things: reading, playing soccer (football), and shopping.

Here are my poems:

I play soccersoccer

One of my teammates is a big talker                                             

She is also very good

And score a goal she could

Even though a blocker tried to stop’er

One day I was given a seedbook

But instead, I decided to read

And read I did

But then I hid

Because I had done a bad deed

As I was running down the hallshopping

I was told we were going to a mall

So I went to shop

And got this gorgeous top

Which I wore until I got too tall

Have you ever written a Limerick poem before? If so, what was it about?

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Cool, a Limerick

Posted on February 15, 2013 by 

limerick is a form of poetry that no one’s sure where it comes from. Some people think that limericks come from the county in Ireland known as Limerick.There are 5 lines in a limerick.  Lines 1,2, and 5 rhyme.  Lines 3 and 4 also rhyme.  Limericks are generally funny.  Check out the limerick I made at www.piclits.com.  Have you ever created a limerick?

PicLits.com - Create a PicLit

Time For Dog With A Blog

Posted on February 15, 2013 by jeremyz

I just learned about what a limerick is.  It is a 5 line thing that has to rhyme like this.  First line and second line rhymes third and fourth rhyme and the fifth line rhymes with the first one and the second one.  This is the one I made.

There was a dog

That started his own blog.

He wrote about a hat

That lived above a mat.

Then he met a frog.

Before this did you know what a limerick is?  Have you ever made one?  If not I also hope you make one.

myunclesbabydog.jpg - Isn't this puppy cute!!!!!


Limerick, Limerick Go Go Limerick

There wants was a hobo

Whose name was Pagogo

He was very weird

And had a long beard

He would love to meet the GoGo’s

This is a limerick! We are learning about limericks in class!  A limerick has 5 lines!  The 1st 2 lines rhyme with the 5th line and the 3rd and the 4th lines rhyme! If you have any questions about a limerick comment on my blog !! :)  Hope you enjoy my limerick!

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Blogging, Tweeting, and Skyping OH MY!

Reflection written by: Jeremy Z and Griff W

This month, our fourth grade class had a skype call with a well known teacher and recent poet, Mike Fisher. This is a great opportunity for us because each of us was given one of his poems to illustrate for an e-book, and we all had questions to ask him like, “Why is the poem O in an O shape?” The answer was that one of his high school teachers gave him the suggestion.

Michael Fisher | edJEWcon

We learned that he lives in Buffalo, New York, and he is inspired by children. He now writes daily, after starting to  write poems at age five. Currently, he is writing a mystery novel for young adults. Strangely, Mike Fisher (@Fisher 1000 on Twitter) had a habit of biting his nails, and still does, which was the topic of another one of his poems. He will be opening the poem book with the poem called Going In; so the readers will not know WHAT they are going into. The Hair poem he wrote was inspired by a movie which compared static hair to mall hair. He explained that it was like taking off your jacket and your hair goes flying. He was inspired to write the poem about Monsters being in places because he thought there might be monsters under the bed when he was a kid. He is annoyed when signs tell him what not to do so he wrote the poem about Signs. It was quite informative to learn the origins of his poetry. It also helped understanding the meanings so we could illustrate the poems more effectively.

We are all excited to be helping write and illustrate a poem for Mike Fisher’s e-book.  We are looking forward to putting our names in the book, and we are excited to be helping a well known poet write an e-book. Our class knows that this is only the BEGINNING of a long, beneficial, and hopefully profitable, learning experience. You can read more about our Skype call with Mike Fisher on Silvia Tolisano’s blog.

Learning in the Modern Classroom | Langwitches BlogReflection written by: Ayden I

Recently, we did a skype call with the poet Mike Fisher.  We’re illustrating some of his poems and we managed to get him to agree to a skype call.The first person he talked to was Orli because she was the introducer.  Everyone had different jobs.  Evan was our transitioner, so he introduced everybody.(except Orli) Zach M. and Noah were our tweeters. Ayden Eliana, and Ariella were working on notetaking on a Google Doc.  Jagger was the photographer. Jeremy and Griff were bloggers. He answered some of our questions like,  “Why is the O poem in the shape of an O?”  We learned that the reason the O poem is in the shape of an O is because it was a suggestion from one of his high school teachers. Next, we learned some interesting facts about Mr.Fisher,  including he lives in Buffalo, New York which is five minutes away from Niagara Falls.  He also is writing a mystery novel for young adults.  Our whole class learned a few new words including: collaborationcryptic, and emphatic.  We learned a lot about our poems and Mike Fisher.  Have you ever created a poem?  This is just the beginning.  We have to market!  We have to publish!  We have to find out how much we will make!  All of this is going to be hard, but it’s going to be worth it in the end.

We still have many decisions to make.  

  • What should we name our book?  
  • How should we design the cover?  
  • What would be a reasonable price?  
  • Please respond and give us some feedback.