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14 mystery animal poems for students to read aloud and/or act out.

Here are 14 great poems for students to read expressively. Each poem describes an animal/insect, but does not give away which animal it is. If the audience listens carefully, they can guess. Alternatively, students can form teams of two, and have one person read the poem while the other person acts it out.

Example of an animal poem:

Early morning
Early evening is a nice time
To canter
A nifty time to trot
But not noon
In July or June
It’s too hot
Better then to stand naked, no saddle, no bridle
Nibbling grass
Under the everyday sun
Rather than get in a lather
Let chipmunks chase, piglets race
And ninny dogs run

Can you guess the animal?

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