All About Bunnies Poetry! March 01 2010

[caption id="attachment_5107" align="alignleft" width="186" caption="Photo By HDR Cafe"][/caption]This is the time of year for eggs, jelly beans, yellow chicks, and fluffy bunnies...especially the Easter Bunny. With floppy ears, soft pink noses and their carrot-munching ways, bunnies are a fun subject for younger kids to incorporate into your curriculum.

This post contains a collection of poems that I like to call "All About Bunnies!" They're fun on their own, but I've included a few ways to use theem in your classroom.

Incorporate a Real Bunny

Personally, the idea of a class pet breaks me out into a cold sweat - maybe the idea creates the same reaction for you. If so, you'd be surprised how many people have bunnies as pets. Put a request out there to have the bunny visit your classroom with the owner, or perhaps the bunny can stay for a few days under your supervision. The kids will love the experience, and you can send the bunny home when you're done!

While the bunny is snacking on lettuce, review the bunny poems with your kids. Compare the bunny actions in the poems with the actual bunny's behavior, and create a T-chart with "Actual Bunny Behavior" and "Imaginary Bunny Behavior." Maybe your students will get into a debate about whether or not the bunny can deliver eggs as the Easter Bunny! This is a great opportunity for students to use their powers of observation and reasoning skills to defend their opinions.

Get Moving!

Some of the "All About Bunnies" poems are sung to familiar tunes, and nearly all of them require movement. Write up the Bunny Poems you plan to use on chart or butcher paper so everyone can see them (consider using sentence strips if you want to use the activity below). Students can make up movements to go with the poems to teach the rest of the class. Have students use their hands for ears, and your class is ready to move!

Review Parts of Speech

The poems written on sentence strips will be great for this activity. Create a giant chart like the Parts of Speech Process Grid on butcher paper. After spending a few days with the poems, review with your kids the meanings of adjectives, nouns and verbs. Then tear apart the sentence strips (if necessary) and put different words from the poems in the correct categories; for example, "soft" would go in the adjective category. Put 3 to 5 words in the classroom chart, then have your kids finish a grid on their own.

All About Bunnies - The Poems!

Here's a collection of Easter Poems that focus on bunnies. To have your kids copy them or create some of their own bunny poems, here's Carol's Free Spring Poetry Printable Book (color or black & white).

1. I’m a Little Bunny
(Sung to the Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little bunny soft and sweet
Here are my ears and here are my feet
When I'm in the garden, I look for treats
And nibble on all I like to eat.

2. The Bunny Pokey
(Sung to the Tune: Hokey-Pokey)
You put your bunny ears in,
You put your bunny ears out.
You put your bunny ears in,
And you shake them all about.
You do the Bunny-Pokey,
And you hop yourself around-
That's what it's all about!

Additional verses: "You put your bunny nose in; You put your bunny tail in; You put your bunny paws in."

3. A Fat Bunny
A fat bunny rabbit with ears so tall.
And two pink eyes about this small,
went hop, hop, hopping to get some lunch.
He found a fresh carrot,
Yum, yum,  crunch!

4. Mister Rabbit
Mister Rabbit in the carrot patch
Digging up the carrots. Scratch, scratch.
He ate the first little carrot, round and fat.
He ate the second little carrot just like that.
He ate the third little carrot, orange and sweet.
He ate the fourth little carrot, what a treat!
Mister Rabbit in the carrot patch
Digging up the carrots.  Scratch, scratch, scratch.

5. Five Bunny Rabbits
Five bunny rabbits sitting by my door
One hopped away and then there were four.
Four bunny rabbits sleeping near a tree
One hopped away and then there were three.
Three bunny rabbits now what will they do?
One hopped away and then there were two.
Two bunny rabbits resting in the sun.
One hopped away and then there was one.
One bunny rabbit left all alone.
He hopped off down the road
maybe to your home . . . .

And a couple of Easter poems that focus on Chocolate Bunnies ~

6. Patience
Bobbie Katz
Chocolate Easter bunny
In a jelly bean nest,
I'm saving you for very last
Because I love you best.
I'll only take a nibble
From the tip of your ear
And one bite from the other side
So that you won't look queer.
Yum, your'e so delicious!
I didn't mean to eat
Your chocolate tail till Tuesday.
Ooops! There go your feet!
I wonder how your back tastes
With all that chocolate hair.
I never thought your tummy
Was only filled with air!
Chocolate Easter bunny
In a jelly bean nest,
I'm saving you for very last
Because I love you best.

7. Bunnies
Bunnies are brown
Bunnies are white
Bunnies are always
An Easter delight.

Bunnies are cuddly
The large and the small.
But I like chocolate ones
The best of them all.