141 Poems for 4th Graders to Use in Your Classroom Lessons

Reading poetry can be a wonderfully enriching experience for fourth graders.

Not only will it help build their language skills, but it could also encourage them to think more deeply about the world around them.

As renowned poet Adrienne Rich once said, “Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe”—something that’s especially important to cultivate in young minds eager for knowledge.

With this in mind, here are some poems for 4th graders specifically curated with fourth grade classrooms in mind.

These diverse and inspiring 4th grade poems can help your students explore new perspectives while honing their reading and comprehension abilities.

So why not introduce some literature into your next classroom lesson?

Best Poems for 4th Graders

If you’re looking for some exciting poems to jazz up your lesson plans, then look no further. These best poems for 4th graders are an excellent choice to have in your classroom. Check them out!

1. The Road not Taken

       by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

2. The Rainbow Passage

       by William Wordsworth

The rainbow comes, and with it comes
A gentle chime of music, sweet
As when a lonely bard, in former times,
Did strike his harp to charm the skies.

3. The Tyger

       by William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

4. Casey at the Bat

       by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day:
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

5. Jabberwocky

       by Lewis Carroll

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

6. The Owl and the Pussycat

       by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea,
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

7. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

       by T.S. Eliot

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons,
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.

8. Where the Sidewalk Ends

       by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends,
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there are dragonflies,
And skipping stones,
And midsummer stars.

9. Honey, I’m Home!

       by Sharon Creech

Honey, I’m home!
I’m home, dear hive,
With nectar and pollen galore,
I’ve worked hard, I’m tired,
But I’ve come back for more.

10. The World is a Beautiful Place

       by Charles Bukowski

The world is a beautiful place
in spite of itself
it’s always trying to get away
from us—
like a slippery fish
it glides through our fingers
and disappears
into the dark waters.

11. The Purple Cow

       by Gelett Burgess

I saw a purple cow,
I never saw a cow before
That was purple.
And I never saw a cow
Eat hay with a fork
Before.

12. The Caterpillar

       by Robert Graves

Under this loop of honeysuckle
A caterpillar stops to feed
And draws a little silken track
To help him on his way ahead.

13. The Duck and the Kangaroo

       by Edward Lear

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
Good gracious! How do you do?
Said the Kangaroo to the Duck,
“You’re a comical creature, it’s true!

14. The Crocodile

       by Lewis Carroll

How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
Into his golden scale?
How doth the little crocodile
Regale his scaly friends,
As they sit at his feet in a row,
And listen to his nonsense?

15. The Frog

       by William Wordsworth

Beside a pond, in shady green,
A little frog I did espy.
Sitting on a lily leaf, so green,
He watched me with a steady eye.

16. The Lamb

       by William Blake

Little Lamb, who made thee?
Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee;
He is called by thy name,
Who made thee, Little Lamb.

17. The Adventures of Bumblebee

       by Anonymous

In the garden where flowers bloom,
Bumblebee buzzes, a sound of zoom.
From petal to petal, a dance so sweet,
Collecting nectar with tiny, nimble feet.

18. The Silly Old Pirate

       by Anonymous

Once upon a ship so grand,
A silly old pirate with a hook for a hand.
He sang sea shanties, a rollicking tune,
Underneath the golden, shining moon.

19. Magic in the Library

       by Anonymous

In the library where whispers hush,
Books come alive in a secret hush.
Wizards and dragons, heroes so bold,
A magical tale waiting to be told.

20. Rainy Day Rhymes

       by Anonymous

Raindrops tap on the window pane,
A symphony of water, a soothing rain.
Grab your boots and dance outside,
In puddles and laughter, let joy abide.

Famous Poems for 4th Graders

These poems pack a powerful punch of language and meaning that will engage your students’ creativity and imagination. You’re sure to find something here for every student, whether they’re a poetry fanatic or a reluctant reader. So, why not take a peek? Check out them and discover new ways to inspire your 4th-grade class!

1. The Little Turtle

       by Anonymous

The little turtle went to school,
Backpack on his back,
He waved to mama with his flipper,
And said, “I’m going on the track!”

2. The Cat in the Hat

       by Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat, oh where to go?
With a trick up his big red bow,
He’ll turn your day from boring to wow,
With tricks and fun, the best you know.

3. The Giving Tree

       by Shel Silverstein

Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.
And every day the boy would come and play under the tree.
He would climb up her trunk and sit in her branches.

4. Where the Wild Things Are

       by Maurice Sendak

Max sailed away in his little boat,
To the land where the Wild Things are,
Where the Wild Things roam, with horns and claws,
And the fun will never stop, no more.

5. The Ice Cream Symphony

       by Anonymous

In the ice cream parlor, flavors galore,
A symphony of scoops, a delightful roar.
Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry delight,
Each scoop a taste of pure sweet flight.

6. The Curious Cat

       by Anonymous

Whiskers twitch and tail held high,
A curious cat with a watchful eye.
Prowling through the garden, sneaky and sly,
Adventures unfold under the open sky.

7. The Giggle Tree

       by Anonymous

In the meadow, where laughter grows,
The giggle tree, everyone knows.
Tickle its leaves, and down they fall,
Giggles and chuckles, a joyous thrall.

8. Chocolate Cake Dreams

       by Anonymous

In a world of chocolate cake so divine,
Where rivers are made of sweet caramel wine.
Marshmallow clouds float in the sky,
A dessert dreamland, where delights multiply.

9. The Kite’s Flight

       by Anonymous

Up in the sky, where clouds take flight,
A kite soars, dancing with all its might.
Tugging the string, kids laugh and cheer,
A colorful spectacle, high and near.

10. The Secret Garden

       by Anonymous

Behind the old gate, a secret lies,
A garden of wonders, a lovely surprise.
Flowers and fairies, a magical sight,
A place where dreams take flight.

Funny Poems for 4th Graders

If you’re looking to inject some humor into your 4th grade classroom lessons, then we’ve got a selection of funny poems about grade 4 that will have your students in stitches. These poems are not only entertaining, but they can also help develop literacy skills for your little ones. So, give them a read and see your students’ faces light up with laughter!

1. The Snake

       by Shel Silverstein

I will not play at tug o’ war.
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.

2. The Boa Constrictor

       by Roald Dahl

Oh, the boa constrictor, he’s a snake,
He’s very big and very strong,
He can squeeze you with his mighty coils,
Until you’re flat and nearly gone.

3. My Brother’s a Dog

       by Eileen Spinelli

My brother’s a dog,
He’s furry and friendly,
He wags his tail,
And licks my face.

4. The New Kid

       by Jack Prelutsky

I am the new kid,
The new kid in school,
I don’t know anyone,
And no one knows me.

5. I Will Never Eat a Tomato

       by Roald Dahl

I will never eat a tomato,
I will never eat a carrot,
I will never eat a piece of broccoli,
Or any other vegetable that’s green.

6. Sick

       by Shel Silverstein

Icky, sticky, sicky, sick,
I don’t feel like playing trick,
I just want to stay in bed,
And rest my weary head.

7. The Great Birthday Bird

       by Linda K. Brown

On my birthday, I got a bird,
A great big bird, so big and word,
It flapped its wings and sang a song,
And made my birthday last all day long.

8. Monsters

       by Jack Prelutsky

Monsters, monsters everywhere,
Some have scales, some have hair,
Some have claws, some have teeth,
But they’re all really quite neat.

9. The Tooth Fairy

       by Alan MacDonald

The tooth fairy came to visit me,
She left a dollar under my pillow tree,
But now my mouth is full of holes,
And I can’t chew my food, oh what a bore!

10. The Belly Button Blues

       by Jack Prelutsky

I’ve got a belly button, it’s true,
It’s right in the middle, it’s plain to see,
But sometimes it gets in the way,
Of my shirt and my pants, oh what a fray!

11. There Once Was a Puffin

       by Ogden Nash

There once was a puffin named Fred,
Whose wings were a comical red,
He’d fly to the shore,
And dive for some more,
A fishy feast for his puffy little head.

12. The Cow Jumped Over the Moon

       by Mother Goose

The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon,
In the middle of the night.

13. The Purple Cow

       by Gelett Burgess

I never saw a purple cow,
I hope I never see one,
But I can tell you anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.

14. The Walrus and the Carpenter

       by Lewis Carroll

The walrus and the carpenter
Were walking down the street,
They’d eaten some oysters,
And felt rather neat.

15. The Snail

       by Ogden Nash

The snail is a slow-moving creature,
But he never gets lost on his way,
For he always carries his home on his back
And wherever he goes, it stays.

16. The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat

       by Eugene Field

The gingham dog and the calico cat
Did a little dance in the garden,
They sang a merry ditty,
And they danced so funny,
That the whole garden laughed,
A-hearing their musical din.

17. The Owl

       by Alfred Lord Tennyson

When cats run home and light is dim,
And merry crickets chirrup near,
The owl begins his evening hymn,
Hoo-hooing loud and clear.

18. The Tale of Custard the Dragon

       by Kenneth Grahame

There once was a dragon named Custard,
Whose manners were truly absurd.
If you offered him tea,
He’d politely ask, “Please,
May I have it with jam and some curd?”

19. My Dog Ate My Homework

       by Anonymous

My dog ate my homework, oh what a sight,
He gobbled it up with sheer delight.
I begged and I pleaded, but he wouldn’t hark,
Now all that’s left is this soggy mark.

20. The Chocolate Milkshake

       by Anonymous

I ordered a milkshake, chocolate and sweet,
The straw went crazy, did a little feat.
It danced and it twirled, like a milkshake should,
But then it splashed me, oh boy, how it could!

21. The Burp Concerto

       by Anonymous

In class, I let out a mighty burp,
It echoed through the room, a real sharp chirp.
The teacher frowned, the students stared,
My burp concerto, the best ever aired.

22. The Homework Monster

       by Anonymous

Under my bed, there’s a homework monster,
It gobbles up pages, a real prankster.
I tried to catch it, but it slipped away,
Now my homework’s gone, what can I say?

23. The Sock Rebellion

       by Anonymous

In the laundry basket, socks unite,
Planning a rebellion every night.
They hide in pairs, play hide and seek,
Sock rebellion, every day of the week.

24. The Talking Pencil

       by Anonymous

My pencil talks, it has a voice,
It whispers jokes, a funny choice.
In the quiet class, it starts to chatter,
My talking pencil, the class clown matter.

25. The Great Lunchbox Escape

       by Anonymous

In my lunchbox, a sandwich tried to flee,
It jumped off my plate, oh woe is me!
The apple rolled, the chips took flight,
The great lunchbox escape, an epic sight.

26. The Bedtime Dance

       by Anonymous

When bedtime comes, my socks go wild,
They dance in pairs, like a crazy child.
They jive and twist, a bedtime prance,
The sock dance party, pure happenstance.

27. The Silly Hair Day

       by Anonymous

Today is silly hair day, oh what a sight,
I’ve got spaghetti hair, curly and tight.
My teacher laughed, my friends did too,
Silly hair day, the best hairdo.

28. The Sneezing Elephant

       by Anonymous

In the zoo, there’s an elephant sneeze,
It blows its trunk with tremendous ease.
The animals scatter, the visitors cheer,
The sneezing elephant, the zoo’s highlight of the year.

Short Poems for 4th Graders

Looking for some short poems to spice up your classroom lessons? These short poems for grade 4 students are perfect for your 4th graders and will surely leave an impression on them. Don’t hesitate to check them out and add them to your lesson plans! Your students will thank you for it. Let’s get poetic!

1. The Tiny Seed

       by Emily Dickinson

A tiny seed I hold,
With faith that it will grow,
I’ll plant it in the soil,
And watch it rise and flow.

2. The Little Kite

       by Christina Rossetti

Up in the blue sky,
My little kite flies high,
With its tail so long and bright,
It dances in the sunlight.

3. The Rainbow

       by Emily Pfeiffer

After the rain, the sun shines bright,
And paints a rainbow in the sky,
A colorful arc, a wondrous sight,
A promise that the tears will dry.

4. The Little Bird

       by Christina Rossetti


A little bird I saw,
With feathers bright and straw,
He hopped upon a twig,
And sang a merry song to me.

5. The Busy Bee

       by Isaac Watts

How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower.

6. The Little Fish

       by Christina Rossetti

A little fish I saw,
With fins of silver gray,
He swam along the stream,
And played among the spray.

7. The Little Snail

       by Christina Rossetti

A little snail I saw,
Creeping along the way,
He carried his house on his back,
And didn’t mind the day.

8. The Little Ant

       by Christina Rossetti

A little ant I saw,
Busy and brown,
He carried a crumb of bread,
Along the dusty ground.

9. The Little Star

       by Christina Rossetti

A little star I saw,
Twinkling in the night,
He looked so small and far away,
A tiny speck of light.

10. The Little Moon

       by Christina Rossetti

A little moon I saw,
Shining in the sky,
He looked so soft and round and white,
A little ball hung high.

11. The Snowman

       by Walter de la Mare

In the morning sun,
The snowman stood tall and straight,
With his hat on his head,
And his scarf around his neck.

12. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

       by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are, I think I know,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

13. The Waste Land

       by T.S. Eliot

These fragments I have shored against my ruins,
Here I sit, an old man in a dry month,
Rattling the dry leaves of my mind,
Trying to make sense of the world.

14. The Raven

       by Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a knocking,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

15. Annabel Lee

       by Edgar Allan Poe

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom beneath the sea,
That a maiden lived whom you may know,
By the name of Annabel Lee.

16. The Lamb

       by William Blake

Little lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed,
In the fields of golden wheat.

17.  Caterpillar’s Day

       by Anonymous

In the garden, small and green,
A caterpillar can be seen.
Eating leaves with all its might,
Soon to turn into a butterfly bright.

18. Rainy Day

       by Anonymous

Raindrops tap on the window pane,
A symphony of water, a soothing rain.
Puddles form, splashes so sweet,
Rainy days are hard to beat.

19. Pirate Adventure

       by Anonymous

On the seas with a pirate crew,
Searching for treasure, so much to do.
Sails unfurl in the ocean breeze,
Pirates sailing with such ease.

20. Dance of the Fireflies

       by Anonymous

In the twilight, a magical sight,
Fireflies dancing in the soft moonlight.
Blinking, twinkling, a mesmerizing show,
Lighting up the night with a gentle glow.

21. The Lost Kite

       by Anonymous

Up in the sky, a kite took flight,
Soaring high with all its might.
But oh dear, it caught a breeze,
And flew away among the trees.

22. Giggle Goblins

       by Anonymous

In the attic, where shadows play,
Giggle goblins come out to stay.
Silly laughter, echoes loud,
In the attic, a giggly crowd.

23. Sunny Day Parade

       by Anonymous

Under the sun, the day so bright,
Creatures parade in the warm sunlight.
Butterflies flutter, bees buzz by,
A sunny day under the sky.

24. The Library’s Secret

       by Anonymous

In the library, where books are stored,
Secrets whispered and stories roared.
Pages turn with a quiet hush,
The library’s secret, a magical brush.

25. Chocolate Cake Woes

       by Anonymous

In the kitchen, a chocolate surprise,
But oh dear, it attracted some flies.
Buzzing around, a chocolate treat,
Chocolate cake, such a tasty feat.

26. Stars at Night

       by Anonymous

In the night sky, stars appear,
Twinkling brightly, crystal clear.
Make a wish, don’t be shy,
Stars at night, up so high.

Inspirational Poems for 4th Graders

As a teacher, it’s always wonderful to see your students get inspired by your lessons. The poetry can captivate their young minds and encourage them to dream and wonder. So go ahead, check them out, and see for yourself how these inspirational poems can open up a world of creativity and inspiration for your students.

1. The Dream Keeper

       by Langston Hughes

The dream keeper,
He kept his dreams,
Night and day,
He never let them fade away.

2. Don’t Quit

       by Edgar A. Guest

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to give up and cry,

Just remember the folks who said you could,
Don’t let them down, stand fast and good.
Stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that the cream will rise to the top.

Yes, think of the ones who believe in you,
They’ll be the sunshine when skies are blue;
They’ll be the strength that will help you through,
When things go wrong, as they sometimes do.

3. The Dream

       by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a bird with broken wings
That cannot fly.

4. Believe in Yourself

       by Anonymous

In the depths of your being, there’s a treasure untold,
A power within you, waiting to unfold,
A strength that can conquer, a spirit that’s bold,
Believe in yourself, and let your story be told.

Don’t let self-doubt linger, don’t let fear hold you back,
Embrace your uniqueness, and let your spirit attack,
With every step forward, you’ll find the right track,
Believe in yourself, and never look back.

5. I Can Do It

       by Anonymous

I can do it, I know I can,
I’ll set my goals and make a plan,
I’ll work hard and never stop,
Until I reach the top.

I’ll face my fears and overcome,
I’ll rise above and never be undone,
I’ll believe in myself and never give in,
I can do it, I’ll always win.

6. Never Give Up

       by Anonymous

When the road is rough and the wind is strong,
When the path is unclear and the journey is long,
When your heart is weary and your spirit is low,
Just remember these words, and let your spirit glow.

Never give up on your dreams, no matter how far,
Reach for the stars, and follow your guiding star,
Believe in yourself, and never lose sight,
Of the power within, that burns so bright.

7. Reach for the Sky

       by Anonymous

Reach for the sky, with all your might,
Spread your wings and take flight,
Soar above the clouds, and touch the sun,
Reach for the sky, and believe you can.

8. You Are Amazing

       by Anonymous

You are amazing, in every way,
With talents and gifts to display,
Believe in yourself, and let your light shine,
You are amazing, one of a kind.

9. Make a Difference

       by Anonymous

You have the power to make a difference,
To change the world with your brilliance,
Spread kindness and love, wherever you go,
Make a difference, and let your spirit glow.

10. Always Believe

       by Anonymous

Always believe in the best,
And never let your spirit be suppressed,
Reach for the stars, and never give in,
Always believe, and you’ll always win.

11. Still I Rise

       by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

12. The Rainbow

       by Christina Rossetti

A rainbow in the sky,
Soft and silken, dappled and bright,
A promise of a brighter day.

13. The Light That Shines Within

       by Rumi

There’s a light that shines within,
A light that guides us through the darkest night,
A light that shows us how to live.

14. The Strength of Stars

       by Mattie Stepanek

We are like stars,
Strong and shining,
Even when the night is darkest,
We still sparkle and shine.

15. Hope

       by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers—
That perches in our soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

16. The Power of Imagination

       by Pablo Neruda

Imagine a world where love is king,
Where peace reigns supreme,
Where every heart beats with joy.

17. The Courage to Be Me

       by Anonymous

I am myself,
I am unique,
I have the courage to be me,
No matter what others seek.

18. The Gift of Today

       by John O’Donohue

Today is a gift,
A new beginning,
A chance to start again,
To live with intention.

19. The Beauty of Life

       by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a beautiful journey,
Full of wonder and surprise,
A chance to explore and discover,
To live with open eyes.

20. Dream Big

       by Anonymous

Dream big, little star,
Reach for the sky, you’ll go far.
With determination and a shining light,
Your dreams will take flight.

21. The Power of You

       by Anonymous

You are strong, you are smart,
Each day, you make a fresh start.
Believe in yourself, and you will find,
The power within, bright and kind.

22.  Be a Rainbow

       by Anonymous

In a world where colors blend,
Be a rainbow, my dear friend.
Spread kindness and joy each day,
Chase the clouds and make them sway.

23.  The Little Engine

       by Anonymous

I think I can, I think I can,
Said the little engine, a determined man.
Uphill battles, challenges to face,
Keep going forward, at your own pace.

24.  Plant a Seed

       by Anonymous

Plant a seed of kindness, watch it grow,
In your heart, let compassion flow.
Little acts of goodness, big and small,
Can make the world a better place for all.

25.  The Butterfly’s Lesson

       by Anonymous

From a caterpillar, a butterfly emerges,
Transforming with strength that courage encourages.
Like the butterfly, you can take flight,
Embrace change, and shine so bright.

26.  Starlight Wishes

       by Anonymous

Look up at the starry night,
Make a wish with all your might.
Your dreams are like stars, so high,
Reach for them, and touch the sky.

27.  The Song of You

       by Anonymous

You are unique, a melody rare,
Sing your song, fill the air.
Your voice matters, loud and true,
In the symphony of life, the song of you.

28. Mountain of Possibilities

       by Anonymous

Life’s a climb, like a mountain tall,
Each step you take, you won’t fall.
On the peak, you’ll stand so high,
A mountain of possibilities in the sky.

29. The Little Stream

       by Anonymous

Like a little stream that finds its way,
You can navigate, come what may.
Flow with strength, around each bend,
Little stream, little friend.

Poems for 4th Graders That Rhyme

These rhyming poems will not only engage your young learners, but they’ll also help them develop their language skills and appreciation for poetry. Don’t believe us? Just give them a try and see for yourself how much fun your students will have reciting these poems in unison. So what are you waiting for? Check them out and let the learning begin!

1. The Silly Snail

       by Ogden Nash

There once was a snail named Sue,
Whose pace was quite slow, it’s true,
But she didn’t care,
With a twirl and flair,
She’d slide through the world, with a leisurely view.

2. The Curious Cat

       by A.A. Milne

In a house where the walls were quite tall,
Lived a curious cat named Old Hall,
With whiskers so fine,
And a gaze so divine,
He’d pounce on a mouse, with a playful call.

3. The Giggling Giraffe

       by Edward Lear

There once was a giraffe named Geoff,
Whose neck stretched up high, like a roof,
He’d giggle and twirl,
And give the world a whirl,
With his long, slender neck, that would never get tough.

4. The Dancing Dog

       by Mary Howitt

There once was a dog named Jack,
Whose dancing skills would make you aback,
With paws so light,
And moves so bright,
He’d tap and he’d twirl, with a joyful knack.

5. The Singing Fish

       by Christina Rossetti

In the depths of the ocean so deep,
Swam a singing fish named Pete,
With a voice so clear,
And a melody so dear,
He’d sing to the waves, as they lulled him to sleep.

6. The Hopping Frog

       by Emily Dickinson

In a marsh where the reeds sway and bend,
Lived a hopping frog named Ben,
With legs so strong,
And a leap so long,
He’d jump from pad to pad, without a care to tend.

7. The Buzzing Bee

       by Robert Louis Stevenson

In a garden of flowers so bright,
Buzzed a busy bee named Kate,
With wings so quick,
And a pollen-filled stick,
She’d flit from bloom to bloom, with a diligent gait.

8. The Chattering Squirrel

       by Ogden Nash

In a tree with branches so high,
Chattered a squirrel named Guy,
With a voice so loud,
And a chatter so proud,
He’d tell all the news, from dawn till the sky.

9. The Playful Panda

       by Anonymous

In a bamboo forest so green,
Lived a playful panda named Dean,
With rolls so round,
And a playful bound,
He’d munch on the leaves, with a joyful keen.

10. The Itsy Bitsy Spider

       by Anonymous

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

11. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

       by Jane Taylor

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

12. Mary Had a Little Lamb

       by Sarah Josepha Hale

Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Anonymous
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O,
And on that farm he had a cow,
E-I-E-I-O,
With a moo-moo here and a moo-moo there,
Here a moo, there a moo,
Everywhere a moo-moo,
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.

13. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

       by Eileen Christelow

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor, and the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

14. The Wheels on the Bus

       by Paul O. Zelinsky

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town.

15. The Alphabet Song

       by Anonymous

A is for apple, B is for ball,
C is for cat, D is for doll.
E is for elephant, F is for fan,
G is for giraffe, H is for hat.

16. Row, Row, Row Your Boat

       by Kate Douglas Wiggin

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

17. The Hokey Pokey

       by Anonymous

You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out,
You put your right hand in and you shake it all about.
You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!

18. Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

       by Anonymous

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose.

On a gentle breeze, so soft and slow,
Fluttered a dreaming butterfly named Flo,
With wings so frail,
And a story to unveil,
She’d dance in the sunlight, with a dreamy glow.

19.  The Happy Bee

       by Anonymous

In the garden, buzzing free,
The happy bee, from tree to tree.
Collecting nectar, so busy and bright,
A cheerful insect, a delightful sight.

20.  Rainy Day Play

       by Anonymous

Raindrops falling, a rhythmic sound,
Umbrellas up, circling ’round.
Puddles splash, boots on feet,
Rainy day play, oh, what a treat!

21.  The Funny Cat

       by Anonymous

Whiskers twitch, tail in the air,
The funny cat with a mischievous glare.
Tumbling yarn, chasing a mouse,
In the sunny house, playful and douse.

22.  The Wise Old Owl

       by Anonymous

In the night, where shadows creep,
The wise old owl, silent and steep.
Hooting softly, a moonlit sage,
Guiding through wisdom, page by page.

23.  The Magic Door

       by Anonymous

In the forest, behind a tree,
A magic door, what could it be?
Turn the knob, open wide,
Adventure awaits, step inside.

24. The Ice Cream Dream

       by Anonymous

In the park on a sunny day,
Ice cream cones, a tasty array.
Scoops of joy, a sweet delight,
Ice cream dreams, pure and bright.

25. The Giggle River

       by Anonymous

Down the hill, a giggle river flows,
Tickling laughter wherever it goes.
Giggles ripple, laughter cascade,
In the giggle river’s joyous parade.

26. The Robot’s Dance

       by Anonymous

In the city, where circuits hum,
A robot dances, fingers and thumb.
Gears whir, metal feet prance,
The robot’s dance, a rhythmic trance.

27. The Silly Sandwich

       by Anonymous

Bread and cheese, lettuce and ham,
The silly sandwich, a culinary jam.
Tomato tango, mayo waltz,
A lunchtime dance, no one else faults.

28. The Starry Night

       by Anonymous

Under stars so bright and clear,
The starry night whispers near.
Dreams take flight, like shooting stars,
Lighting up the night, near and far.

Final Thoughts

To conclude, teaching 4th grade poetry can be a daunting prospect but our list of poems for 4th graders is an excellent way to introduce students to the world of poetry.

There are so many ways in which you can use these 4th grade poems, from whole-class readings and group activities to individual appreciation and analysis.

Speaking through the medium of poetry allows children to engage with their emotions in a fun and unintimidating way.

Our hope is that these poems will provide 4th graders with enough materials to help them gain a deeper understanding of language, emotion, imagery, tone, and what it means to connect with a poem on an interpersonal level!

We would love to hear about your experiences with using 4th grade poetry in the classroom; please comment in the comments section below about this post.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to explore this selection of poetic works – we hope it has been enjoyable and educational!

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