Good poems to teach fifth-grade students include "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Mountain and the Squirrel" by Ralph Waldo Emerson and "The Tyger" by William Blake. Poetry teaches children to love language and increases literacy.
Other good poems to teach fifth-grade students include "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson, "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost and "When in Disgrace With Fortune and Men's Eyes" by William Shakespeare. These poems are short and rhythmic, making them easy for students to memorize. The poems also have simple syntax and are easy for students to understand.