By Shel Siverstein
Danny O'Dare, the dancin' bear,
Ran away from the County Fair,
Ran right up to my back stair
And thought he'd do some dancin' there.
He started jumpin' and skipin' and kickin'
He did a dance called the Funky Chicken.
He did the Polka, he did the Twist,
He bent himself into a pretzel like this.
He did the Dog and the Jitterbug,
He did the Jerk and the Bunny Hug.
He did the Waltz and the Boogaloo.
He did the Hokey-Pokey too.
He did the Bop and the Mashed Potata,
He did the Split and the See Ya Later.
And now he's down upon one knee,
Bowin' oh so charmingly,
And winkin' and smilin'--it's easy to see
Danny O'Dare wants to dance with me.
Poetry Extension: This poem will be perfect for restless
3rd graders in desperate need of a break. Read it slowly and have the kids listen. Then, tell the kids to stand by their desks
and move if they want to and read it again faster with rhythm and bounce You will be amazed at some of the contortions
the children do trying to act out the poem and keep up with the rhythm at the same time. Then when they are all tired out
and everyone is seated again, have a discussion on which animals can be trained to dance. Each child can write and
illustrate a poem with their particular choice.
Silverstein, Shel. 1996.
Falling up. Ill. by Shel Silverstein. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 006248033