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YOLANDA'S UNIFORM and other school poems

August 14, 2013

Tags: children. uniform, school, new school year, discipline, school pride, brownie, blazer, third grade, teacher, boys, girls, students, name, initials, writing, letters, learning, backpack, hero

YOLANDA’S UNIFORM

Yolanda’s new school uniform
Is green, just like her Irish eyes.
The blazer, sweater, skirt, blouse,
And Oxfords are an ample size
For growth. The tie has narrow stripes
Of gold that match her golden hair.
Yolanda likes her uniform
So much, she wears it everywhere:
At school of course, and then downtown.
In stores, she gives the skirt a twirl,
To show the world she’s proud to be
A Ledgemont Elementary girl.

One night Yolanda even tried
To wear her uniform to bed.
“Good gracious me. Enough’s enough.
Put on your nightgown!” Mother said.
Yolanda loves her uniform.
It makes her feel so smart and posh.
She’d wear it at the weekend, if
It didn’t need a thorough wash.
A suit to suit her every mood,
From smiley-bright to grouchy-frowny.
But off it comes each Tuesday, when
Yolanda changes—into a Brownie!

ALL POEMS © Hazel Spire. They may be used by teachers if credit is given to author.

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THIRD GRADE

Girls: The boys in third grade
Are so noisy, so rude!
They push. They keep burping.
They play with their food.

Boys: The girls in third grade
Are so sneaky, so sly!
They whisper and tattle.
They whimper and cry.

Teacher: Girls! Boys! My third grade,
You’re a quarrelsome crew,
But I know you’ll be great
When I’m finished with you.

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INITIAL LETTERS

I like the way S curves around,
Upper and lower case the same.
I like to write a giant S.
That's how I start my name.

I love the roundness of an O,
My brother's first initial.
Mom stitched it on his backpack,
To make it look official.

Our last name begins with C,
Like a hook to hang a bag on,
Or the handle of a tin mug
In a cowboy's covered wagon.

Can you guess our names? [Sample answers: Sarah and Oliver Carson, Sophie and Owen Cook, Steven and Oscar Cox]

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NERO

There once was a careless boy named Nero
Whose teacher always gave him a zero,
Because he forgot to write his name.
He worked so hard, it was such a shame.

When his papers showed up in No-Name-Land
He couldn't get A's and B's like he'd planned.
So remember your name, don't be like Nero.
Write it first, at the top, and you'll be a hero!