Ludicrous Limericks that make 5th & 6th graders laugh

For our 7th week of poetry, 5th and 6th graders found their sense of humor through limericks. A limerick is a humorous verse of three long and two short lines with a a/a/b/b/a rhyme scheme. For each line there is an 8/8/5/5/8 syllable count to create a bouncy musical rhythm.

Together we read the limerick “Johnny Is So Scared of a Ghost,” by Jalen M. who was a six grader at Shoesmith almost two years ago. In the limerick a boy named Johnny is afraid of a ghost that lives in his house.

Johnny is so scared of a ghost.

The ghost is friendlier than most.

The ghost cooks and cleans.

The ghost is not mean.

But, Johnny is still scared of ghosts.


Limericks usually end in ironic and silly unexpected ways. For Johnny, despite the ghost being friendly and helping with household chores, he is still scared of ghosts. Inspired by Jalen M. students wrote their own limericks. Please enjoy these hilarious poems.


Ms. Yassky’s 5th Grade
Group 1


Leah Loves to Go Swimming
by K’Michelle B.

Leah is such a great swimmer.

Leah is very much slimmer.

She saw a big whale.

It had a big tail.

She put in a pot to simmer.


Liam is afraid of a wolf.
by Journie C.

Liam is afraid of a wolf.

Tries to talk, but only goes woof.

Liam bites meat too.

The wolf only chews.

Liam is such a silly goof.


Jack and the Basketball
by Makayla B. 

Jack is feeling scared of a fall.

He is scared of playing basketball.

He wants to play game.

But his shot is lame.

Gives it his all and the ball falls.


Don’t Blame the Ice 
By Kylie H.

Anne likes to skate on the cold ice.

She thinks she has some skating spice.

So, the big ice breaks.

Then she starts to shake.

She gets out and says, “That’s not nice.”




Ms. Yassky’s 5th Grade
Group 2


Joe Rode a Boat
by Leelah H.

Joe took a trip on a big boat.

Joe had bought a really long rope.

He pulled a big fish.

The fish was a pitch.

Joe rowed and rowed and rowed his boat.


Jaray And Them Haters 
by Taniya H.

There was a nice girl named Jaray.

She rhymed up and knew she could slay.

Baddie knows she’s a 10.

She talked it to win.

She knows she could get some green pay.


My brother and the boat
by Madison H.

My brother saw one of his coats.

Then my brother saw a cool boat.

So, he grabbed a book.

Then he saw a hook.

Then my brother started to float.




Ms. Henry’s 6th grade
Group 1


Peter and the Rats
By Ah’lani M. 

Peter is so scared of big rats.

The rat is meaner than all cats.

The rat bites and fights.

He has a tall height.

So, Peter becomes friends with rats.


By Chloe M.

Hello, I’m the Earth, you love me.

If you look closer you will see,

I am in danger,

Mars is a stranger.

Mars is chasing me, please send help!


My Niece Azuri
By Misa S.

Azuri is scared of the door.

Her mom is honking the car horn.

Her dad gets so mad.

He says she so bad.

Azuri plays with the front door.




Ms. Henry’s 6th grade
   Group 2


MJ is a Great Ball Player
by Amir B.

MJ is a great ball player.

He is a fearless shot taker.

When he dunks, he floats.

That’s why he the G.O.A.T.

He is the greatest shot maker.


By Prentice C.

Ant-Man has no luck, he is stuck.

He’s thinking man this really sucks.

He starts to get mad.

After he gets sad.

Then he knew he had no good luck.


By Robert L.

Robert’s scared of a fight in the night.

Woke with anime in his sight.

Robert might bite you,

Til’ your fingers blue.

Robert saw a bad fight last night.


Autumn and the Bees
By Autumn W.

Autumn is terrified of bees.

The bees like to eat and smell feet.

Bees love to waste time.

And eat some green limes.

The bees left to hide in the trees.





“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.