Project Summary
The telelimerick exchange is an excellent project to introduce both teachers and students to telecommunications. Even the most reluctant writers will be motivated to write and exchange telelimericks around the globe. Students can write silly name, school, or city limericks and exchange them electronically with distant audiences. Limericks are printed out, displayed on bulletin boards and read aloud. The best ones are published in a literary magazine.

Suggested Grade Level and Audience
3rd through 12th

Estimated Time Required
4 to 6 weeks

Student Learning Objectives

  • To improve word processing skills
  • To improve telecommunication skills
  • To learn how telecommunications serves as a medium of information exchange
  • To use the writing process to improve writing, reading,  listening, and speaking.
  • To participate in a cooperative writing exchange on a long distance learning network
  • To increase motivation and enthusiasm for writing

Writing Prompt

The Telelimerick telecomputing project exchanges original limericks electronically prior to St. Patrick's Day on March 17th.  (Of course, you can do this activity any time of the year!)

Limericks are humorous, witty, ironic, and sometime nonsensical.  They are usually composed of five lines arranged in the following rhyming pattern:

Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme with each other, and are usually longer then lines 3 and 4

Lines 3 and 4 rhyme

Your assignment is to create silly limericks, name limericks, school and/or city limericks.  These limericks will be exchanged with distant audiences and the best ones will be published in a literary magazine.


Name Limericks:

There once was a dog named Rover.
Who only knew how to roll over.
He ran through the street,
Following his friend Pete,
When he was run over by a bulldozer.

School Limericks:

Now listen you children from Edison.
Remember to take all your medicine.
If you don't you'll be sick,
And that wouldn't be slick.
So eat healthy foods with biotin.



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