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Poetry Friday: Leap Year

I’m sure I won’t be the only person posting this poem today:
The Original
Leap Year Poem

by Anonymous

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone,
And that has twenty-eight days clear
And twenty-nine in each leap year.

I’ve decided to hand out this poem as my Poetry Friday Poem during Morning Meeting in my classroom this morning. I made tiny copies of it for them so that they can “keep a poem in their pocket.” I might challenge them to see if they can keep it ’til 2012!

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Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

5 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Leap Year Leave a comment

  1. Ha! I always thought it ended “Except for February/which has twenty-eight.” It always felt a little odd that way! But I still recite it whenever I’m trying to figure out dates in my head.


  2. This one never worked for me. I’d always throw the months in randomly:

    Thirty days has September,
    April, May, and December
    All the rest have thirty-one
    Except February, which has twenty-eight


  3. I only knew it as far as “except February,” which is where I thought it ended. It makes the poem particularly funny, really, since it’s such an abrupt ending.


  4. Whoevery taught me this one (so many years ago I can’t remember) knew it a little differently:

    Thirty days hath September,
    April, June and November.
    All the rest have thirty-one
    but February, which has twenty-eight
    except when leap year comes
    which gives it twenty-nine.

    Gearing up for the SOLC!


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