"Lucky Trade" Poetry Theater

A poem in two voices

Adapted from the poem by Matthew L. Fredericks in If Kids Ruled the School, published by Meadowbrook Press.

Summary: A child trades places with his mother for the day.

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 backpack or lunch bag would be a great prop. 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.



Lucky Trade


I told my mom I’d go to work
if she would go to school.
She thought that trading places once
just might be kind of cool.

So she agreed; I packed her lunch
and made her wash her face.
Then Mother said,


“I wonder why
you want to take my place?”


“I wonder what you do at work.
I’d like to meet your boss.
Now hurry up and brush your teeth
and don’t forget to floss.

“There’s just one other thing, Mom,
that I forgot to mention:
I’ll pick you up at four o’clock—
today you have detention.”

The End!

© 2004 by Matthew L. Fredericks. Adapted from the poem in If Kids Ruled the School, published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “Lucky Trade” is © 2005 by Meadowbrook Press.

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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 for permission.