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Tuesday, April 6, 2021


“What do poets do?  They write poems! You know, we can do that, too. We can all write poems and be poets!!!”

Hint! When writing poems it doesn't matter if children use words that rhyme, nonsense words, or words that don't rhyme.  It's all good!

An acrostic is an easy way to begin writing poetry. Model how to do this on the board by writing a word vertically. Have children to think of a word that begins with each letter. Read over what you have written, and you have a poem.

Name Acrostic – Children think of a word that describes them for each letter in their name.

Holiday or Season- Write the holiday or season and then add an adjective that begins with each letter.

Non-fiction – Write a vocabulary word from a unit or theme and then
challenge children to write a word that begins with each letter.


Cut out pictures from magazines, calendars, and catalogs. Let children choose a picture and then write a poem about it.

Write several lines of poetry, leaving blanks at the end of each line. Encourage the children to fill in words that rhyme. Have them help you sound out the words as you write them. For example:
     I saw a pig
     Who could ______.
     I saw a cat
     Who could ______.
     I saw a sheep
     Who could ______.
     And I can rhyme
     Any time!

*Use similes for blank poems. For example, children could fill in the line to “Hungry as a _____. Quiet as a______. Sleepy as a ______. Mad as a _______. Good as _______. Sweet as ______.” And so on.

Give children predictable sentences similar to the ones below. All children have to do is fill in a missing word, and they’ll have a poem.
Hint! They can use words that rhyme, nonsense words, or words that don’t rhyme.
     I like_____.
     I like _____
     I like _____.
     Do you like____?

     I can _____.
     I can_____.
     I can_____.
     Can you_____?

*I know….I wish….My mom is…Dogs can….Spring is….Green is…. And so forth!
*Write predictable poems using the five senses. It looks like…It sounds
like…It tastes like… It smells like…It feels like…It’s a ….

*Integrate holidays, topics of study in science or social studies, current events, characters from literature, etc. into predictable poems.


Just for fun, let children make laurel wreaths out of paper plates and leaves. The Greeks awarded these in Olympic events for sports as well as poetic meets.