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Can someone tell me where on the Net I can find some poems on good behaviour for elementary students aged between 6 and 13? Thanks in advance.
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Thanks for your information. I have done the registration being a member of that site. And I'll look for some appropriate poems for my students. In the meantime, if you find other sites where there are poems about respect for others, being a responsbile person, being a well-behaved child, etc, do let me know. Thanks in advance.
Strong and able
Keep your elbows
Off the table!
(Of course, you'd insert the appropriate child's name.)
We say, "Thank you."
We say, "Please."
We don't interrupt or tease.
We don't argue. We don't fuss.
We listen when folks talk to us.
We share our toys and take our turn.
Good manners aren't too hard to learn.
It's really easy, when you find.
Good manners means
JUST BEING KIND!
Today I pledge to be kind,
to use the nicest words I can find.
Today I pledge to try to share,
to wait my turn and to be fair.
(sung to the tune of "Three Blind Mice"):
3 Nice Mice
3 Nice Mice
See how nice they are
see how nice they are
They're always polite when they nibble their cheese
they never forget to say "thank you" and "please"
they cover their noses whenever they sneeze
ahhh ahhh ahhh-choo (pretend sneeze)
3 nice mice 3 nice mice
(sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot"):
I have super manners. Yes, I do.
I can say "Please," and "Thank You," too.
When I play with friends, I like to share.
That's the way I show I care!
This one's too long to memorize, but it might be something you can print out and distribute to your older (age 9-13, perhaps) students:
Pass the Peas Please by Dina Anastasio
If you run over a sand castle
Created by your brother
Kneel down and say, "I'm sorry."
Then just help him build another
When you see someone who's different,
Don't laugh. It isn't fair.
He might think you are different,
But he doesn't point and stare.
If you're angry at a friend,
Don't punch or kick or shout.
Go for a walk and count to ten,
Then try to talk it out.
No one likes to lose a game,
But if you must, you must.
So if you lose, shake hands and say,
"We'll play again, I trust."
It's hard to keep a secret,
But secret telling's wrong.
Remember, friends who blab too much
Aren't friends for very long.
If your father's talking on the phone
When he should be playing ball,
Don't kick or sulk or whine, "Let's GO!"
That will not work at all.
Don't interrupt your uncle
When he's talking about his car.
Even though it's boring -
Well, you know how uncles are!
When you're eating mashed potatoes,
And there's something you must say,
Please wait until you've swallowed.
The thought won't go away!
If your brother has a cupcake
That's he's saving for tomorrow,
Don't take a bite, not even one,
Or he'll be filled with sorrow.
If your neighbor won't stop talking,
And you feel a yawn come on,
Put your mouth behind your fingers,
Until your yawn is gone.
Don't eat spaghetti with your knife,
Your fingers or a spoon.
Use your fork, although it's hard.
You'll catch on pretty soon.
When you're outside playing soccer,
And kick someone in the knee,
Don't tell him that he's in your way.
Say, "Sorry. Pardon me."
Don't play with Grandma's dishes
If you father has forbid it.
but if you do, and if they break,
Don't say your sister did it!
We all leave toys and clothes around.
It's O.K. just once or twice.
But if a king and queen should come to call,
They might not think it's nice.
When someone's in the bathroom,
And won't get out, don't worry.
Just knock and say, "I'm waiting.
I must come in. Please hurry."
Don't play the drums or sing a song
When somebody is sick.
Just tiptoe by and give a wave,
And say, "Please get well quick."
When your sister's busy practicing,
And you really want to hide,
Don't cover your ears or make a face.
Just smile and go outside.
Towels that are soggy
Will not dry someone's back
So toss them in the laundry,
Or hand them on the rack.
When your sister gets a bicycle
And you just get a kite,
Don't say, "You like her better!"
Say, "Thank you. It's just right."
If a friend is having trouble,
And he falls and gives a yelp,
Don't laugh or point or call him names.
Say, "Are you hurt?" and "May I help?"
If there's something very special
That you'd really like to borrow,
Ask before you take it,
And bring it back tomorrow.
If your great-aunt gives you candy,
And your friends would like a lot,
It's nice to share a little,
Even though you'd rather not.
When you're going to a movie,
And the line is two blocks long,
Don't butt in front, go to the end.
Then calmly hum a song.
When you're sitting at the table,
And want some extra peas,
Don't shout out, "Gimme more of those!"
Say, "Pass the peas, please."
What about some of Belloc's Cautionary Tales, e.g. "Matilda":
Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes;
Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe Matilda:
The effort very nearly killed her,
And would have done so, had not She
Discovered this Infirmity.
For once, towards the Close of Day,
Matilda, growing tired of play
And finding she was left alone,
Went tiptoe to the Telephone,
And summoned the Immediate Aid
Of London's Noble Fire-Brigade.
Within an hour the Gallant Band
Were pouring in on every hand,
From Putney,Hackney Downs, and Bow
With Courage high and Hearts a-glow
They galloped, roaring through the Town,
`Matilda's House is Burning Down!'
Inspired by British Cheers and Loud
Proceeding from the Frenzied Crowd,
They ran their ladders through a score
Of windows on the Ball Room Floor;
And took Peculiar Pains to Souse
The Pictures up and down the House,
Until Matilda's Aunt succeeded
In showing them they were not needed;
And even then she had to pay
To get the Men to go away!
It happened that a few Weeks later
Her Aunt was off to the Theatre
To see that Interesting Play
The Second Mrs Tanqueray.
She had refused to take her Niece
To hear this Entertaining Piece:
A Deprivation Just and Wise
To Punish her for Telling Lies.
That Night a Fire did break out -
You should have heard Matilda Shout!
You should have heard her Scream and Bawl,
And throw the window up and call
To People passing in the Street -
(The rapidly increasing Heat
Encouraging her to obtain
Their confidence) - but all in vain!
For every time She shouted `Fire!'
They only answered `Little Liar'!
And therefore when her Aunt returned,
Matilda, and the House, were Burned.
Would the poems need to relate to behaviour? or could they relate to other subjects too?