28 Fresh & Fun 5th Grade Poems to Share With Students


Poetry is a powerful tool to engage and inspire young minds. It stimulates creativity, encourages self-expression, and helps develop language skills and critical thinking. Sharing poems with 5th-grade students can be an enjoyable and educational experience. Here’s a list of 28 fresh and fun poems that are perfect for adding some diversity and excitement to your poetry lessons!

  1. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
  2. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
  3. “Dreams” by Langston Hughes
  4. “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll
  5. “The Tyger” by William Blake
  6. “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein
  7. “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out” by Shel Silverstein
  8. “A Light in the Attic” by Shel Silverstein
  9. “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou
  10. “The Pasture” by Robert Frost
  11. “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
  12. “The Walrus and the Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll
  13. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe (abridged version)
  14. “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (abridged version)
  15. “Don’t Be Too Moralisttical!” by Hamzat Insha Khan
  16. “To Be or Not to Be (From Hamlet)” by William Shakespeare (abridged version)
  17. “How to Paint a Donkey” by Naomi Shihab Nye
  18. “Sick” by Shel Silverstein
  19. “A Pizza the Size of the Sun” by Jack Prelutsky
  20. “There was a Young Lady of Ryde” by Edward Lear
  21. “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear
  22. “It’s Ill to Bump into Chairs!” by Lafcadio Hearn
  23. “Up in the Morning Early” by Robert Burns
  24. “First Fig” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  25. “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus
  26. “An Address For All” by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  27. “A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns
  28. “A Tragic Story” by William Makepeace Thackeray


These 28 poems offer a variety of themes, styles, and subjects that will captivate your 5th-grade students and make them fall in love with poetry! Don’t hesitate to explore other poems and authors as well, as there are countless great works out there that can engage young minds across any age group. Happy reading!

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