A limerick is a five-line poem, usually humorous in nature, arranged in a A-A-B-B-A rhyme pattern. Lines one and two consist of eight or nine syllables. Lines three and four consist of five or six syllables. The last line (which rhymes with the first two) consists of from eight to ten syllables. Limericks can be used to tell brief stories or to describe the characteristics of something being studied in class.



A chameleon when he’s feeling blue,
Can alter his glum point of view.
By changing his hue
To a color that’s new:
I’d like to do that, wouldn’t you?

Eve Merriam

Ecology/Social Issues

Said an envious, erudite ermine:
“There’s one thing I cannot determine:
When a man wears my coat,
He’s a person of note.
While I’m but a species of vermin!”

Oliver Hereford


There was a young lady named Bright,
Whose speed was much faster than light.
She went out one day
In a relative way
And returned on the previous night.

A.H. Reginald Butler


There was a young hopeful named Sam
Who loved diving into the jam.
When his mother said, “Sammy!
Don’t make yourself jammy.”
He said, “You’re too late ma, I am.”

Elizabeth Ripley