Included in this download are outlines and directions for 6 different poetry forms. You’ll notice that none of them require rhyming (another reason I love poetry with kids!) The forms are:
- sensory - acrostic - haiku - cinquain - concrete - list
This year I have really focused on helping kids feel organized and planned as they begin a writing activity. I have included organizers/planners for most of the poetry activities in the pack. I have also included pages for illustrating poems.
Because we celebrate and acknowledge many different religious and cultural heritages in our school, my goal at this time of year is to find activities that are not geared toward a specific holiday. Poetry by its very nature is a creative, flexible, and personal form of expression. As a result, it is a perfect fit for an inclusive approach to holiday celebrations.
I love teaching and writing poetry with kids! It is accessible to even your youngest learners. Feel free to structure these activities however you like. They are a great addition to a poetry center, or even as formal activities for the whole group. You can have every student explore each poem structure, or offer choices. Individual poems make lovely holiday gifts. Another wonderful option is to collect all of your students’ holiday poems and turn them into a class book (or books!) for your class library. With poetry, the world is your oyster!