Happy November, friends! Today I’m sharing my (newly discovered) obsession with writing with you in the form of Acrostic Poems. This year I’ve been blessed to be teaching writing to a great group of ELL students. We have been working hard on building vocabulary and understanding parts of speech. Around this time every year, I spend a good portion covering all things Fall (not just because it’s my favorite season :]) but because there are so many things to describe and remember. This makes Fall time my Parts of Speech MVP!
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I always begin my lesson by modeling and creating one with my kiddos as a whole group activity. This is, of course, after we have chatted about the different parts of speech, especially adjectives and nouns. We decided to do “Thanks” for our acrostic poem, which I just did on the white board with my group. We only had a few rules for our poem structure:
- Each letter of the poem (vertically) must begin the word and/or sentence (horizontally)
- The words we came up had to describe and/or be about fall time, or for this instance, Thanksgiving.
- Students could write one word to signify that letter, or they could create a sentence.
- If the word was questionable, they would have to justify it within the theme of the poem.
As we worked through the word, Thanks, this lead to a great discussion about fall in general. I find that real life pictures help so much when describing or trying to remember a personal experience or connection. I would usually do a picture search on Google (ahead of time) for some images of Fall and Thanksgiving. Especially working with ELL students, you need that visual for them to feel successful because sometimes they haven’t experienced it before.
After the whole group activity, they are welcome to go work on their own. I’ve used these poems in multiple different ways over the years: a stand alone activity, part of independent literacy center, or with an art project, like this one I did last year where we focused on pumpkins and sentence structure. We added this fall night landscape with our poems!
All in all, I find these types of poems lead to building awareness of all types of parts of speech while being creative and embracing the seasons (especially fall. ;]). Now that I’ve explained how I use these poems in my classroom, why don’t you give it a try in yours? Feel Free to download the FREEBIE
acrostic poem for the word, Thanks below. Or if you are interested in the whole pack (shown above), you can find there here
And last thing I wanted to share with you is one of my newest posts over at Laugh Eat Learn for this little guy, The Thankful Turkey Book. Make sure to check it out! It’s a fun writing (see, I told you I love writing!) craftivity where each feather is the tab for the page your students can write what they are most thankful for!
I hope that you can find these useful in your classroom! Looking for more crafts and activities for your classroom? I’ve been a pinning queen on all things fall and November! I have built a collection to share with you just see below! So, how do you celebrate this time of the year? What is your favorite activity to do with your students? I would love to know more about your classroom! If you found this useful and want to share with your other teacher friends, pin the image above!