CLASSROOM – Limerick

National Day Calendar Classroom - May - Limerick
(Last Updated On: May 5, 2021)

CLASSROOM – Limerick

Get ready to rhyme in the Classroom as National Limerick Day inspires this week’s projects. Did you know that Ireland isn’t the only place with a city named Limerick? Eight cities in the United States and one in Canada are lucky enough to be named Limerick, too! Do you know where they are? If you live in one of them, this week’s projects should be extra fun for you!

The English poet Edward Lear created the limerick poem. The humorous poem consists of five lines with a rhythmic pattern. The pattern is called anapestic which means two unstressed syllables are followed by a stressed syllable. In a limerick, the first, second, and last lines have three anapests and rhyme. The third and fourth lines have two anapests and rhyme.

This week, the Classroom offers Challenge number 10 and a limerick worksheet to help you create your own poem.


Download and print this week’s project and give your students the opportunity to explore the national days in their own way. It might surprise you what they discover! We’re often surprised by our own discoveries!

Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.


What will you write about in your limerick? You can also take this week’s celebration challenge. Good luck!

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