Dinosaur Limericks and Poems

Today, May 12th, is regarded as “National Limerick Day”, an annual celebration marking the anniversary of the birth of the English poet, author and illustrator Edward Lear.  It was Edward Lear who helped to popularise limericks and nonsense prose when he published his best-selling “Book of Nonsense” in 1846, a time when the public’s fascination with prehistoric animals and fossils was beginning to take hold.  Here’s a suggestion for primary school teachers, to help them develop schemes of work encompassing creative fiction within a dinosaur term topic – why not challenge the class to a dinosaur poem writing competition?

Below is a picture sent into us by a teacher who had found a book of limericks and poems all about prehistoric creatures and she was using this book to help encourage her own class with creative, fiction writing.

Poems About Dinosaurs – Building a Fiction Writing Element into the Dinosaur Themed Term Topic

A poem about the dinosaur Parasaurolophus

A poem about the dinosaur Parasaurolophus

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Crested Dinosaur Parasaurolophus

Parasaurolophus was a duck-billed dinosaur, fossils of this herbivorous dinosaur have been found in North America. It is famous for having a very long crest.  It had been thought that these animals lived in lakes and swamps and that the crest served as some form of snorkel.  However, most palaeontologists now believe that these structures played a role in display and vocalisation – Parasaurolophus may have had a loud honk!  Parasaurolophus was scientifically described and named in 1922 following the discovery of an almost complete fossil skeleton in the Canadian Province of Alberta.

An Illustration of the Dinosaur – Parasaurolophus

A scale drawing of the dinosaur Parasaurolophus.

A scale drawing of the dinosaur Parasaurolophus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur Themed Limericks and Poems

A dinosaur poem or limerick composition exercise can certainly be a fun and innovative way of helping to encourage the class to develop their skills in terms of word usage and creative writing.  Boys sometimes can be very unenthusiastic when it comes to writing stories, but with a focus on dinosaurs, even the most reluctant writer might be persuaded to compose a poem about a Tyrannosaurus rex!

With this in mind, here’s Everything Dinosaur’s contribution in honour of Edward Lear and National Limerick Day.

A Dinosaur Inspired Limerick

A dinosaur inspired limerick - can your class write a better one?

A dinosaur inspired limerick – can your class write a better one?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Can the children in your class write a better limerick?  Can they think of words to rhyme with dinosaur, Tyrant King and Triceratops?  That’s a challenge for National Limerick Day!

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