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Pinwheel Poem - Free Poetry Lesson and Activity

Grade Levels
4th - 8th
Formats Included
  • PDF
10 pages


In this lesson students will learn about pinwheels and couplets. Then, they’ll complete a brainstorm filled with wishes that they have for their lives. Next, they’ll turn their brainstorm into four different couplets. After improving their couplets, they’ll write their poetry on a pinwheel shape. Finally, they’ll put together a pinwheel filled with poetic wishes!

Here are some ways that you might use this resource in your classroom:

• Add this poem to your Poetry Writing Unit.

• Teach this poem as a celebration of spring or summer.

• Align this poem with Pinwheels for Peace (September 21st).

• Create poems and display them around the classroom for Open House or Curriculum Night.

• Use the pinwheel poems as decorations for a poetry reading or presentation.

• Teach this poem to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

This FREE lesson and activity includes:

• Detailed lesson plan (2 pages)

• Pinwheel assembly directions (with step-by-step photos)

• Building background (pinwheels & couplets)

• Brainstorm Handout

• Writing Worksheet

• Pinwheel Template – shape and handle

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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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