Poetry for Kids

This page contains printable poems for students of all ages. Most poetry printables include reading comprehension questions or vocabulary activities.

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Kindergarten - 1st Grade
Phonics Poems
This easy-to-read phonics poem has lots of short a words in it, such as cat, fat, glad, mat, tan, bad, and sad.
Kindergarten and 1st Grades
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This short vowel phonics poem has many short e words in it, including beg, egg, get, pen, red, and end.
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This short vowel phonics poem has many short e words in it, including wet, pet, fetch, and better.
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This short vowel phonics poem has many short i words in it, such as pig, prince, jig, wig, and sit.
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This short vowel phonics poem has many short i words in it, such as drip, sink, quick, slip, and sink.
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This short vowel phonics poem has many short o words in it, such as stop, hot,top, pot, and hopping.
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This short vowel phonics poem has many short o words in it, such as odd, on, spot, dot, and dog.
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This short vowel phonics poem has many short u words in it, such as puppy, dug, tub, rug, and tummy.
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This short vowel phonics poem has many short u words in it, such as hug, buggy, bump, rug, up, and cut.
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1st Grade Poems
This is a cute sing-songy poem about apple picking. Reading comprehension questions are included on the second page.
1st Grade
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This poem titled, Play, is filled with fun actions. Kids can read the poem, then try to spot the action verbs. They can also search for rhyming words.
Kindergarten and 1st Grades
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This easy-to-read poem about a buzzing bumblebee has lots of repetition. The file features a vocabulary matching worksheet and a rhyming words activity.
Kindergarten and 1st Grades
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This is a creative poem about a car trip to Grandma's house.
1st Grade
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In this cute poem, kids read about the colors red, blue, green, and yellow in nature.
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2nd Grade Poems
Read and learn about snakes with this science poem. Students will enjoy discovering why snakes stick their tongue out as they slither along.
2nd Grade
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A nervous child anxiously enters her classroom for the first time. She's got a new lunchbox, new school supplies, and shiny shoes. But will she like her new teacher?
2nd Grade
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A child is tired of his sister following him around. What is his solution? Read the poem to find out.
2nd Grade
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You can make all kinds of creative, crafty things from junk around the house. This poem will inspire the artist in your students.
2nd Grade
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In this poem, a young student waits at the bus stop on a cold, snowy day. He is glad to be inside the warm bus when he rides to school.
2nd Grade
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Lotion, bikes, pools, and flip-flops are all signs of summer fun.
2nd Grade
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Mysteries, joke books, animal books, and biographies are the favorite books of the narrator in this cute poem about reading.
2nd Grade
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Read the poem, or sing it as a song to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb. This poem describes the life cycle of a butterfly.
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3rd Grade Poems
This relatable poem focuses on all of the things a modern day cell phone can do. A phone is no longer just a means of communication, it can do so much more!
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Poor Betty, she doesn't seem to make the best spaghetti! Read this funny poem then answer the comprehension and vocabulary questions.
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Meet a furry, sneaky thief who steals hot dog buns and sandwiches from campers at night. This file includes the poem, several reading comprehension questions, and a vocabulary activity.
3rd Grade
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Have you ever had a frosted ketchup pop, pickle-pudding applesauce, or cherry-whipped-cream stew? The creative young cook in this poem makes all kinds of tasty concoctions.
3rd Grade
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The narrator of this poem has a pet dragon, but he doesn't know what to feed it. Does it eat cupcakes, fish, applesauce, friend rice, or something else?
3rd Grade
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The child in this poem has a ball using her mother's camera. She takes hundreds of pictures of zoo animals, insects, his mother, and his friends!
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In this poem, students read about the many fun uses for sock balls. This file includes comprehension questions.
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A boy walks down the street with his dog, Jake, saying hello and greeting his neighbors. Jake only barks at one person - can you guess who it is?
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A boy loses a race... against his shadow. This file includes the poem, and a set of comprehension questions.
3rd Grade
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A child tries to catch an earthworm. However, what he catches isn't what he expects.
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A boy is trying to build a treehouse, but he keeps misplacing his tools. He loses his nails, his hammer, and even the lumber. There's one tool, however, that's impossible to lose. Do you know what it is?
3rd Grade
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Grandma grows spaghetti sauce in her garden! Read the poem and answer the questions that follow.
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Do you know what a soccer ball feels like on a Saturday morning? It's raced, it's chased, it's punted, and kicked. It's kneed and launched and it sails and soars.
2nd through 4th Grades
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Here's a fun poem about creative things you can do with colorful fall leaves.
3rd Grade
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This is the traditional "30 Days Has September" rhyme to help kids learn the months of the year.
2nd and 3rd Grades
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Learn the three states of matter with this song, which can be sung to the tune of Wheels on the Bus.
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A fun song that teaches students about cirrus, cumulus, nimbus, and stratus clouds  (tune: "Farmer in the Dell")
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Can you imagine what school would be like if all of your friends- and even your teacher- could fly?
3rd Grade
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Read about hawks, eagles, porcupines, opossums, skunks, beavers, and badgers all living together in an ecosystem.
3rd Grade
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What do you hope to see happen in the world you live in? This poem will get you thinking how you can "help the world."
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4th Grade Poems
Having a runny nose can be bad, but what if your runny nose ran right off your face? Students will enjoy this funny poem that talks about the adventures of a runny nose.
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Who loves pizza more than the Pizza Beast? In this poem the Pizza Beast eats all types of pizza with all kinds of toppings. Read the poem then answer the comprehension questions, and respond to a short writing prompt.
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This poem helps to remind us of the peacefulness of nature. Read the poem "On My Nature Hike" then answer the questions. An animal identification sheet is also attached.
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This activity will help students take an introspective look at themselves by examining their positive character traits. Packet contains an explanation of character traits, poem, vocabulary, and writing activity.
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This is a wonderful seasonal poem about the Harvest Moon. Read the poem, answer the comprehension questions, then learn about Harvest Moon.
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The boy in this poem is looking in a mirror and he sees that has his grandma's smile, his uncle's toes, his cousin's hair, and his mother's perky nose.
4th Grade
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If you have a rabbit habit, it means you like to eat vegetables. It's one good habit to have!
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While playing ball with her big sister, a girl makes an amazing catch. The game changes, however, when her dog wants to play along.
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This creative poem describes the many beautiful colors of a sunset.
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A curious girl looks up into the brilliant sky and sees a dragon soaring her way!
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The narrator of this poem wishes she had a butter churn so she could show her friends how to magically turn cream into butter.
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When you can't sleep at night, you may want to try picking up a pen to write!
4th Grade
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This science poem describes the different types of flowers the grow in the desert.
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Walnuts come from walnut trees. Almonds come from almond trees. Why do acorns come from oaks? A redwood tree is not really red and an ash tree doesn't grow ashes. Reads of this poem will think about why trees have such odd names.
4th Grade
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This file contains a short article and a poem about venus fly traps. Reading comprehension questions follow on page two.
4th Grade
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Frontier life was challenging for a young girl. Children had to milk the cow, mend their socks, sew, and weed the garden. However, her parents made a special promise that she can go to school if their town gets a teacher.
4th Grade
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5th Grade Poems
Are you a flibbertigibbet? A flibbertigibbet's a gossip, a snoop, a tireless tattler in search of the scoop.
5th Grade
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This is a cute poem about a spelling bee who can spell the name of all the flowers she visits.
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Clockatoos are never late. They're almost always on time. But if they're tardy, it may mean their clocks have failed to chime.
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In this fun poem, a person is staring at his watch, wondering if it ever gets tired of telling the time.
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This is a beautiful poem about chasing fireflies on the final night of summer. Following the poem are a series of multiple choice and short answer questions.
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A group of people stop for ice cream while waiting for a ferry to come. What happens when they stay at the ice cream shop too long?
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A magical fairy is spotted dancing in the garden after a rain storm.
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Learn interesting facts about opossums with this acrostic science poem.
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Figurative Language
Poems
When you dine at Hyperbole Cafe, the soup is deeper than the sea and the bread is longer than a train. The noodles stretch over a mile and the peas are piled a mile high.
2nd through 5th Grades
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This poem has lots of similes! Black as words on printed pages. Sad like tigers locked in cages. Long as thread unrolled from spools. Straight like legs on wooden stools.
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Everyone in the metaphor family is being compared to something! My brother is a dragon. My mom's a teddy bear. I am a shaggy sheepdog with a ton of tangled hair.
4th Grade
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An onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the sound that it describes. How many onomatopoeia can you find in this poem?
4th Grade
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Personification is when a writer makes a non-human object or idea seem like a person. How many times is personification used in this weather poem?
3rd Grade
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An idiom is a phrase that isn't meant to be taken literally. This poem includes idioms, such as "tickled pink," "left out in the cold," and "can't have your cake and eat it too."
2nd through 4th Grades
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Holiday Poems
What does kitten see when she looks up at the Christmas tree?
2nd through 4th Grades
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This adorable poem is about a fashionable gingerbread man who writes a letter to Santa Claus.
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The child in this poem thinks outside the box to find a special Father's Day gift for his dad - and Dad's reaction isn't quite what he expected.
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The main character in this poem has a Superstar Dad who tells jokes, scares away monsters, and has an appreciation for big bugs.
1st through 4th Grades
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This Father's Day poem is a tribute to loving, supportive dads.
1st through 4th Grades
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Students will enjoy reading about this poem on February 2, Groundhog Day. It tells what happens if the groundhog emerges from his burrow and sees his shadow.
1st through 4th Grades
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Here's another terrific poem to use i your classroom on Groundhog Day.
2nd through 4th Grades
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Here's a cute poem about hunting for the perfect Halloween pumpkin in a pumpkin patch. Read the poem and answer the comprehension questions that follow.
3rd Grade
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Read this poem when you celebrate the 4th of July.
1st through 4th Grades
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Celebrate workers of all occupations with this Labor Day Poem. (There is a Canadian version on our Labour Day Page.)
1st through 4th Grades
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Read about Martin Luther King's dream for racial equality.
1st through 3rd Grades
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Here's a poem about the symbolism behind the design of the American Flag.
1st through 4th Grades
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Find out what happens when a young girl bakes an eleven-layer Mother's Day cake and burns it.
1st through 4th Grades
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This poem is written as a letter in which a child asks, "Why is Mother's Day only one day in May?"
2nd through 4th Grades
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The narrator of this poem is having trouble living up to the high expectations set by her sister on Mother's Day.
1st through 4th Grades
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Learn about Pi on Pi Day (March 14 - 3.14) with this fun song to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus."
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This file contains a cute poem about a friendly leprechaun, reading
3rd through 6th Grades
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See also:
English-Language Arts Worksheets

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