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Introduces limericks to a young, elementary audience and offers practice with limericks using fill-in-the-blanks.

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  1. 1. Limericks Short, silly rhyming poems
  2. 2. About Limericks • Limericks probably refer to the County of Limerick in Ireland. • They have five lines. • The first two lines rhyme. The next two lines rhyme. The last line rhymes with the first two lines. This pattern is called AABBA.
  3. 3. Edward Lear Edward Lear published Book of Nonsense in 1845! *He wrote 212 limericks!
  4. 4. There was an old man with a beard, (A) Who said, It is just as I feared!— (A) Two owls and a hen, (B) Four larks and a wren, (B) Have all built their nests in my beard! (A)
  5. 5. There was a young pig by a cradle (A) Who was feeding her babe with a ladle. (A) The broth reached his chin (B) When she spooned too much in, (B) So she taught him to swim in that cradle. (A)
  6. 6. Limerick Mad Libs Based on the rhyming pattern and the illustration, can you guess what the blank rhyme should be?
  7. 7. There was an old pig from New York Who dined without knife, spoon, or ______ Each time he ate peas, They rolled down to his _______ That pea-splattered pig from New York. FORK KNEES
  8. 8. There was a young pig who, in bed, Nightly slumbered with eggs on his _____. When the sun at its rise Made him open his _______, He enjoyed a quick breakfast in bed. HEAD EYES
  9. 9. There was a smart pig who was able To make use of his three-legged ______. He accomplished this trick Standing stiff as a ______, To be leg number four of that table. TABLE STICK
  10. 10. Now you try! • Grab a blank Limerick Mad Lib sheet and ask other students to fill in the blanks. • Take turns with others completing your rhymes.