Close

Note: You will only see this box once.

We would like to invite you to sign up for the completely free Apples4theteacher.com Newsletter! Join our other 480,975 readers.

Subscribers are automatically registered to receive free teaching resources including lesson plan ideas, printables and more. Stay informed of all our new resources as they're developed...we have some exciting features coming in 2014!

P.S.. To officially become a newsletter subscriber, be sure to confirm your subscription by responding to the email we send you.



We respect your privacy!
Home Kids Safe Search for Apples4theteacher.com Stay informed - subscribe to our newsletter! Add this site to your favorites folder Sitemap - Contents of Website Contact Us
Home of Apples4theteacher.com - Elementary lessons, stories, poetry, vocabulary worksheets, children's book reviews, craft ideas for teachers.
Thematic Book Reviews Fun Printable Coloring Sheets Holidays Events and Occasions Teacher Worksheets
Thematic Books Color Holiday Fun Teacher Printables
 
An Educational Resource Site for
Teachers and Homeschoolers
  November 01, 2014
Ad
Featured Teaching Ideas

Thanksgiving Party Games
Printable Thanksgiving Party Games
Ad

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - children's printable poetry for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving Poems

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - A Naughty Pumpkin's FateA Naughty Pumpkin's Fate
Author Unknown

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - A Thankful ThanksgivingA Thankful Thanksgiving (a tribute to soldiers)
by Roger Robicheau

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - Thanksgiving TimeThanksgiving Time
by Author Unknown

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - Thanksgiving ObservanceThanksgiving Observance
by Author Unknown

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - For All We HaveFor All We Have (a tribute to Veterans)
by Roger Robicheau

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - Giving ThanksGiving Thanks
by Author Unknown

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - The First ThanksgivingThe First Thanksgiving
by Margaret Junkin Preston

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - A Thanksgiving FableA Thanksgiving Fable
by Oliver Herford

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - The Corn SongThe Corn Song
by John Greenleaf Whittier

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - Thanksgiving Comes But Once a YearThanksgiving Comes But Once a Year
by Thornton W. Burgess

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - Thanksgiving DayThanksgiving Day
by Lydia Maria Child

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - ThanksgivingThanksgiving
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - ThanksgivingThanksgiving
by Kate Seymour Maclean

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - The Landing of the PilgrimsThe Landing of the Pilgrims
by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - The MayflowersThe Mayflowers

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - The Pilgrims CameThe Pilgrims Came
by Author Unknown

Printable Thanksgiving poems for kids - When Father Carved the TurkWhen Father Carved the Turk
by Charles Noel Douglas

Show Us Some Love -
Click the +1 Button!
 

Children's Thanksgiving Poems
Printable Thanksgiving Poetry and Recitals for Teachers

 
 

Home > Holidays > Thanksgiving > Poems, Rhymes and Recitals > The Corn Song

Thanksgiving Poems for Teachers - Printable Children's Thanksgiving PoetryThe Corn Song

by John Greenleaf Whittier

The Corn Song

Heap high the farmer's wintry hoard!
Heap high the golden corn!
No richer gift has Autumn poured
From out her lavish horn!

Let other lands, exulting, glean
The apple from the pine,
The orange from its glossy green,
The cluster from the vine;

We better love the hardy gift
Our rugged vales bestow,
To cheer us when the storm shall drift
Our harvest-fields with snow.

Through vales of grass and meads of flowers
Our plows their furrows made,
While on the hills the sun and showers
Of changeful April played.

We dropped the seed o'er hill and plain,
Beneath the sun of May,
And frightened from our sprouting grain
The robber crows away.

All through the long, bright days of June
Its leaves grew green and
fair, And waved in hot midsummer's noon
Its soft and yellow hair.

And now, with Autumn's moonlit eves,
Its harvest-time has come;
We pluck away the frosted leaves,
And bear the treasure home.

Then shame on all the proud and vain
Whose folly laughs to scorn
The blessing of our hardy grain,
Our wealth of golden corn!

Let earth withhold her goodly root,
Let mildew blight the rye,
Give to the worm the orchard's fruit,
The wheat-field to the fly;

But let the good old crop adorn
The hills our fathers trod;
Still let us, for his golden corn,
Send up our thanks to God!

NOTES AND QUESTIONS

Discussion:

  1. Poets help you to see beauty in things that might otherwise seem common. The yellow violet is less showy than the chrysanthemum, but the poet writes of the violet. The pineapple, the orange, the grape, seem more interesting than the yellow corn of the fields, but here is a poem about one of the commonest of farm crops. To whom is the poet speaking in the first two stanzas? Point out some of the poet's fancies in this poem.
  2. Is all corn "golden"? What other kinds have you seen?
  3. Name other gifts autumn brings us.
  4. Why is the corn a "hardy gift"? What other words or phrases in the poem suggest the same idea?
  5. What do we call the "apple from the pine"?
  6. What clusters are picked from vines?
  7. In what "other lands" do these fruits grow?
  8. Where was Whittier's home?
  9. What do you know of the soil and climate of New England?
  10. Find the line that tells when we plant the corn.
  11. Find the lines that tell when we harvest the corn.
  12. What is the "yellow hair" the corn waves in summer?
  13. What does the poet mean by "frosted leaves"?
  14. What does he think of those who scorn the blessing of the corn?
  15. What wish does the poet express in the last stanza?
  16. What service did our farmers and boys and girls on the farms perform during the World War?
  17. On page 291 you were asked to notice the way in which these American authors have expressed their thoughts; does Whittier's use of rime add to the beauty of his "song" about corn? Point out some of the lines that rime.
  18. Find in the Glossary the meaning of: glean; hardy; meads; furrows; frosted; mildew; adorn.

Pronounce: hoard; lavish; glossy; root.

Phrases for Study

wintry hoard, rugged vales bestow, lavish horn, changeful April, exulting, glean, folly laughs to scorn, hardy gift, goodly root.

 

Email this page to a friend Email this page to a friend

 


Follow Us...

Follow Us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow Us on Pinterest

Free Newsletter!

Join our other 480,975 readers.


We respect your privacy!

Newsletter subscribers are automatically registered to receive free teaching resources including lesson plan ideas and printables.


Printable Poems for KidsOther Poetry by Theme

Fun Kids Thanksgiving
 Activities and GamesFun Activities and Games for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Activities

About Thanksgiving

When is Thanksgiving 2014?

Thanksgiving Articles

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

Turkey Coloring Sheets

Pilgrim Color Pages

Harvest Coloring Pages

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

Jigsaw Puzzles

Native American Activities

What's Different Games

The Mayflower Compact

How to Carve a Turkey

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Worksheets

Thanksgiving Prayers

Thematic Reading List - Kids Books

Thanksgiving Short Stories

Poems, Rhymes, Recitals

Thanksgiving Wordfind

Thanksgiving Wordfind Challenge

Fun Holiday Activities and Games for Kids

 

Holidays and

Teaching Themes

October Teaching Activities & Worksheets

Fire Safety Theme Unit of Study - Fire Safety Week
Christopher Columbus Theme Unit of Study - Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Thematic Unit - Canadian Thanksgiving
Halloween Theme Unit of Study - Halloween
October Calendar of Events - October Teaching Ideas - Other October Teaching Ideas

November Games, Learning Activities & Worksheets

Veterans Day Thematic Unit - Coloring Pages, Worksheets, Books, Poetry, Lessons and Teaching Ideas Veterans Day
Native Americans Thematic Unit - Games, Coloring Pages, Activities, Worksheets, Articles, Books, Poetry, Lessons and Teaching Ideas Native American Heritage Month
Thanksgiving Thematic Unit - Games, Coloring Pages, Activities, Worksheets, Articles, Books, Poetry, Lessons and Teaching Ideas Thanksgiving
November Calendar of Events - November Teaching Ideas Other November Teaching Ideas

Sample Thematic Activities & Teaching Ideas

Letter Activities, Coloring Pages, Worksheets and Games - Letters of the Alphabet Games
Community Helpers Games, Activities, Worksheets, Books, Poetry, Lessons and Teaching Ideas - Community Helpers
100th Day of School Games, Activities, Worksheets, Books, Lessons and Teaching Ideas - The 100th day of School Activities
Seasons Thematic Unit - Summer - Summer
Seasons Thematic Unit - Fall - Autumn - Games, Coloring Pages, Activities, Worksheets, Articles, Books, Poetry, Lessons and Teaching Ideas - Fall
Seasons Thematic Unit - Winter - Winter
Seasons Thematic Unit - Spring - Spring
U.S. Presidents Games, Coloring Pages, Activities, Worksheets, Timelines, Books, Poetry, Stories, Lessons and Teaching Ideas - Presidents
Dr. Seuss Thematic Teaching Unit - NEA Read Across America - Read Across America - Dr. Seuss's Birthday
Native Americans Thematic Unit - Games, Coloring Pages, Activities, Worksheets, Articles, Books, Poetry, Lessons and Teaching Ideas - Native American Study
USA States - U.S. Geography Thematic Unit - U.S. Geography
ADD, ADHD, Literacy, ESL, Special Ed, Bilingual Ed, Gifted, Health Ed, Early Childhood Education   
 
Home Search About Us Contact Compensation and Affiliation Affidavit Getting Started Privacy Policy Terms of Service Sitemap

Apples4theteacher.com is a teacher created website with elementary and homeschooling activities:
first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and sixth grade teaching materials and lesson plans.

Copyright ©1999-2014
Owned and operated by Webstantaneous Web Marketing, LLC