Poems for Teachers: #1

I Can Do Opposites

I can stand up

Or I can sit down

I can smile

Or I can frown

I can run

Or I can walk

I can be quiet

Or I can talk

I can be happy

Or I can be sad

I can taste good things

Or I can taste bad

I can jump in

Or I can jump out

I can whisper

Or I can shout!

This poem is taken from Fun with Action Rhymes and Poems by Brenda Williams. It is ideal for young children and can be combined with actions to increase the concentration of the pupils.

How about: getting your pupils to show they can do opposites by performing the opposite actions to the line that’s being read?


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Filed under English, Key Stage, Key Stage 0, Key Stage 1, Nursery and Preschool, Poems and poetry

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