"Stop Sniffling!" Poetry Theater
A poem in two voices
“Don’t Pinch

Adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in My Dog Ate My Homework! published by Meadowbrook Press.


Summary: A child learns the importance of nose-blowing.


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.


Props: A tissue would make a great prop, but if a tissue is not available, the poem can be performed without props.


Delivery: The 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.







Stop Sniffling!




If you should have the sniffles,




(Sniffles loudly)




you’d better blow your nose.

Because if you should go “Achoo!”








you’ll mess up all your clothes.


© 2003 by Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem in My Dog Ate My Homework! published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “Stop Sniffling!” is © 2008 by Meadowbrook Press.

Permission 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 outside individual classes, please contact info@meadowbrookpress.com for permission.

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“My Dog Ate My Homework!”