Mr. Meerkat’s Poetry for Children

Mr. Meerkat’s Poetry for children is a unique programme which takes children on a journey of poetry as word craft.

The aim of the poetry series is to build literacy through enjoyment. The poetry progresses in complexity of ideas and word craft from Foundation to Grade 6.

There are 20 Readers in the series with some 60 poems. There are 3 poems in each Reader. The levels of difficulty and comprehension rise through the class grades.

  • Stage 1: Foundation and Grades 1 and 2
  • Stage 2: Grades 3 and 4
  • Stage 3: Grades 5 and 6

The topics vary across a range of issues reflecting back to the reader ordinary aspects and encounters in the world around them. Some poems have uniquely Australian contexts and animals.


Teacher’s Companions

The Teacher’s companions are divided into three stages to reflect grade and literacy levels.

  • Stage 1: Foundation and Grades 1 and 2
  • Stage 2: Grades 3 and 4
  • Stage 3: Grades 5 and 6

Crafted to meet Curriculum grade-level content descriptors for English and/or other teaching areas, the program aligns with developing literacy and other General Capabilities.

The Teacher’s Companion for each poem focuses on contextual teaching with suggestions and activities to facilitate learning and engagement with poetry, language and complex themes.

This comprehensive three level resource assists with the planning, implementation, and teaching of   curriculum requirements. The poetry readers facilitate literacy development across key learning areas including: English, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), Mathematics, the Arts, Technologies, Health and Physical Education (HPE).

The comprehension or other activities build literacy as students engage with written and spoken language. Part of the rationale for the work was for students to engage with poetry as storytelling, which is suited to the approach taken. The activities are designed for classroom use and give students opportunities to explore language and poetic devices. The nature of the activities varies with the poems, with some focus on poetic language and form, and others on storytelling and still others on cross-curricula activities.


Teacher’s Companions contain:

  • Explanatory notes for teachers to choose poems suited to their class/subject.
  • Lesson objectives.
  • General Capabilities and Cross-Curriculum Priorities.
  • Discussion Points for teachers.
  • Activities for students, including worksheets.


Activity Books

The Activities Book contains some 200 A4 size pages of activities for students that directly follow the listing of poems as set out in the Readers and Poetry Book.

Each section provides space for students to write their answers to questions.

The sections contain the complete poem followed by:

  • Discussion Points – Pre-Reading discussion, Stanza comprehension questions, Post-reading analysis and discussions.
  • Activities that expand the topic of the poem, comprehension and literacy.
  • Extension Activities promote more involved research and analysis and provide opportunity for advanced work.
  • Differentiation Options provide additional activities to investigate the issues of the poem.


The Web Resources

The Web Resources provide access each year to:

  • The 20 Readers of Poetry
  • The 3 Teacher’s Companions
  • The Video Recitals
  • The Book of Poems