Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

The Pancake Collector

by Jack Prelutsky

Come visit my pancake collection
It’s unique in the civilized world
I have pancakes in every description,
Pancakes flaky and fluffy and curled

I have pancakes of various sizes
Pancakes regular, heavy and light
Underdone pancakes and overdone pancakes
And pancakes so perfectly right

I have pancakes locked up in the closets
have pancakes on hangers and hooks
There are bags in boxes and bureaus
And pressed in the pages of books

There are pretty ones sewn to the cushions
And tastefully pinned to the drapes.
The ceilings are coated with pancakes
And pressed in the pages with crepes.

I have pancakes in most of my pockets
And concealed in the lining of suites
There are tiny ones stuffed in my mittens
And large one packed in my boots

I have extra of most of my pancakes,
I maintain them in rows on these shelves
And if you say nice things about them
You may take a few home for yourself

I see that you’ve got to be going
Won’t you let yourselves out by the door?
It is time that I pour out the batter
And bake up a few hundred more



Discussion and Activities

  • Underline the rhyming words and indicate whether they are slant rhymes or true rhymes.
  • Describe the rhythm. What is the poetic style?
  • Find examples of alliteration.
  • Where in the poem do the images switch from real to fantasy?
  • What is the poet's purpose?
  • Draw a picture to illustrate this poem.


  • Grade 1 - Reading: 1.1,2; 2.2; 5.1,3; 6.1c,3c. Oral Language: 2.3
  • Grade 2 - Reading: 6.3
  • Grade 3 - Reading: 5.3
  • Grade 4 - Reading: 4.2b,3a
  • Grade 5 - Reading: 4.2c,3ac

Pancake Song

by Christina Rossetti

Mix a pancake,
Stir a pancake,
Pop it in the pan.
Fry the pancake,
Toss the pancake,
Catch it if you can.


Discussion and Activities

  • Students will take turns reading the poem aloud.
  • Students will count the syllables in each word.
  • Students will memorize and take turns reciting the poem.


Pancake Poem

Shel Silverstein

Who wants a pancake,
Sweet and piping hot?
Good little Grace looks up and says,
"I'll take the one on top."
Who else wants a pancake,
Fresh off the griddle?
Terrible Teresa smiles and says,
"I'll take the one in the middle."


Discussion and Activities

  • Compare the three poems about pancakes. What is the difference in tone and style?
  • Discuss the use of rhythm and other literary devices in each.
  • What is the poet's purpose in each poem?



Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H Youth Development, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

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