"We're Going Skiing" Poetry Theater
A poem in two voices
Adapted from the poem by Eric Ode in I Hope I Don’t Strike Out, published by Meadowbrook Press

Adapted from the poem by Eric Ode in I Hope I Don’t Strike Out, published by Meadowbrook Press.



Summary: A child gets a surprise when she goes skiing.


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: Winter clothes (like gloves and a scarf), towels, or suntan lotion would make great props. If these are 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.







We’re Going Skiing




My friend Martha called this morning

with this happy, hurried warning:




“I asked Mom, and she’s agreeing.

Grab your stuff! We’re going skiing!”




Nothing could have sounded better.

In a flash, I found my sweater,

then my gloves—a matching pair.

Next, my winter underwear.


Found a parka, warm and fat.

Grabbed my scarf and woolen hat.

Soon I heard a car arriving.

Martha’s mother, she was driving.


Martha gave a happy shout.

All my friends, they tumbled out,

cheering with a loud commotion,

throwing towels and suntan lotion.


What an unexpected sight!

Something simply wasn’t right.

I was in my scarf and boots.

They were in their swimming suits.


Martha stopped and scratched her head.




“Sorry if we stare,”




she said.




“Maybe we’re not used to seeing

any kid or human being

dressed like that for water-skiing.”



© 2008 by Eric Ode and Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem in I Hope I Don't Strike Out!, published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “We’re Going Skiing” 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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