How to write a limerick

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! To get your students in the Irish spirit, here’s a fun little song about writing limericks featuring Nick from the Imagine Learning software. Nick’s song makes a perfect lesson plan to teach your students about writing limericks (the lyrics are below for your reference).

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OR watch the video on YouTube here.

And to get you in the Irish spirit, we’d like to have you participate in our annual limerick contest! Write your own limerick in the comments section below. Prizes will be awarded by our judges to the top three limericks:

1st prize: a $25 Amazon gift card
2nd prize: a Booster bobblehead
3rd prize: a talking Mike the Microphone plush toy

We’ll accept submissions through end-of-day Monday, March 18th. Special consideration will be given to limericks with an educational flavor, and also to student submissions. Check back often to see the entries—and who won!

Good luck (o’ the Irish) to everyone!


Hello! How are you? I’m Nick.
Here to teach you a fun little trick.
To have a good time
when writing a rhyme
try writing your own limerick!

There are limericks of all different kinds.
So how do you write one that shines?
You’ll see that it’s cool
if you follow the rule:
a limerick is made of five lines.

So listen close to this song.
Lines one, two and five are all long.
And in poems of this sort
make lines three and four short
and I promise you’ll never go wrong.

You need to be sure and contrive
to rhyme lines one, two, and five
Then do it once more
with lines three and four
and your limerick surely will thrive!

So let these pointers take hold
And if you’ll write as you were told
at the rainbow’s end
you’ll find there my friend
your own limerick pot o’ gold!



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Inspired by this idea, GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing created the No Name-Calling Week Coalition, which now consists of over 50 national partnering organizations. In March 2004, the coalition organized the first No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation. Since then the project has gained thousands of supporters who believe in its cause, which is to end name-calling of all kinds and provide schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.

As someone who has seen close family members suffer from the effects of bullying, I was thrilled to learn about this project and how I can participate. While it originally began in middle schools, the NNCW project has since been extended from kindergarten through twelfth grade because all students can benefit from learning how to be more understanding of one another and how to address name-calling and bullying.

Would you and your students like to participate in this powerful project? Here are 15 ways you can make the eighth annual No Name-Calling Week meaningful in your school or classroom:

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