Earth Day Response Poetry is a fun, free form kind of poetry.
After listening to a poem you read, the students write a response to each of the lines with what comes to their mind when each line of the poem is read. (For example, if you read "Birds soaring in the sky," the student might write, "Birds sing in the trees.")
Once you are done, what is REALLY great about Response Poetry is: you read one line of the poem and have a student read their response line; read the next line and have another student read their second line response. It is amazing how beautifully they coordinate and flow.
Examples of student created response poems written on water color circles.
2 pages of detailed instructions
Added note: A question came in about a source for poems. I use a spring poem, something simple to visualize. If you google Earth Day or springtime poems for kids, there are a lot of them. I found that using springtime poems are better than Earth Day poems because you get a lot of phrases about birds, flowers and trees. Enjoy!