Poetry Friday: Jack Prelutsky

In the audio clip below, former Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky performs a fun poem from his book What a Day It Was at School! (Greenwillow, 2006). Pair this audio performance with an additional read-aloud from Jack’s book, then consider having students write similar poems about a day at school that stands out for them. Will they write about a silly experience in the cafeteria, as Jack does, or another aspect of the school day?

Listen to Jack Prelutsky perform “In the Cafeteria”

A favorite excerpt:

Pete took a small tomato wedge and hurled it at Denise,
who responded catapulting macaroni at Felice.

Poetry Friday is hosted at Writing the World for Kids this week.

Posted by Danika Brubaker, MLS, Author and Publisher Liaison Librarian

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3 Responses to Poetry Friday: Jack Prelutsky

  1. laurasalas May 21, 2010 at 5:03 am #

    Fun poem! Love that catapulted macaroni. Thanks, Danika!

  2. Kelly Polark May 21, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    Jack Prelutsky poems are always a hit with kids.
    I’m a former third grade teacher, but I am now substitute teaching to ease my way back to the world of education. Thanks for the great poetry idea! Poetry was always my favorite thing to teach in the classroom!

  3. Laura Evans May 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    What a wonderful reader, that Jack!

    Laura Evans
    all things poetry

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