Adapted from the poem
by Bruce Lansky in My Dog Ate My Homework! published by Meadowbrook Press.
A child discovers why his friends are pinching him.
Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform
the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the different lines
while they read them.
row of student chairs representing the seats on a bus. Any other props are
lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information on
poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in classroom, please read the Performing
Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.
When I got on the school
I was in for a surprise.
My friends all stared and
There was mischief in
A kid who sat in front of
reached out and pinched my knee.
(Pinches Narrator’s knee)
My friends all started
but the joke was lost on me.
And then I got a second
(Pinches Narrator’s ear)
I felt it on my ear.
And then I felt a third
Kid 1 and Kid 2:
(Pretend to pinch Narrator on his rear)
You guessed it—on my rear.
I asked, “Why are you
I think it’s very mean!”
Kid 1 and Kid 2 (in unison):
“Today’s St. Patrick’s Day
and you’re not wearing
2003 by Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem in My
Dog Ate My Homework! published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom
theater play version of “Don’t Pinch!” is © 2008 by Meadowbrook Press.
is given for individual school classes to perform this play and to make as many
copies of the play as are needed for the students’ use. All other reproduction
and performance is prohibited under penalty of law. For use of this play
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