Easy, fun ways to spark students' imaginations
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Fun, ready-to-print poetry activities are the perfect tools to bring words to life. Use these reproducibles to teach new concepts, reinforce past lessons, and inspire creativity.
Poem in Your Pocket (PDF) - All Grades
After introducing budding writers to the sounds and styles of poetry, invite them to copy down their favorite verse or write a new poem of their own and keep it their pockets to share with friends using this reproducible.
Reading and Acting Out Poetry (Free Printable) — Grades PreK-1
Poems provide delightful opportunities for dramatic play. Have students act out these poems or lead your class in a call-and-response activity.
Creepie Crawlies - Poetry and Rhymes (Free Printable) — Grades PreK-2
The poetry in Creepy Crawlies has been thoughtfully written and compiled with preschool to second grade children clearly in mind. Variety, usability, and fun topped the list of considerations in selecting or creating each and every poem.
Weather Poems (PDF) — Grades K-2
From the brash, crash BLUNDER of thunder to a steaming, sizzling summery day, these poems will inspire students to write their own descriptive verses about the weather.
Nouns: A Poem (Free Printable) — Grades K-2
Use this poem to lead your lesson on nouns and teach a few new vocabulary words in the process!
Soccer Poems (PDF) — Grades K-3
After first organizing their soccer related words and descriptive and rhyming words, students fill the empty soccer ball with a shape poem.
My Bio-Poem (PDF) — Grades 1-2
Students will fill in the blanks of this outline to create poems about themselves.
My Five Senses Poem (PDF) — Grades 1-2
Review the five senses and practice descriptive writing with this quick poem template for young students.
The Farm Octopus (Free Printable) — Grades 1-3
Use the questions and prompt to encourage your students to discuss and think about the poem presented.
Small Poems (Free Printable) — Grades 2-4
Kids love writing small poems. They demand less for some students and are fun to write for all. They are also challenging because every word is important and makes a statement.
Personification: The Sky (Free Printable) — Grades 3-5
Use the poem "The Sky" to explore personification. See if children can find the describing words the poet chose for the sky, and invite children to picture themselves as the sky.
Poetry With a Twist (PDF) — Grades 3-Up
Starting with a distinct shape, students build a poem by brainstorming words, feelings, and activities associated with that shape. For a twist, students then rewrite the poem in a different style. This activity is based on Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.
Fold It Poem (PDF) — Grades 3-Up
Students write a poem together, line by line, using only the previous student's final word as inspiration!
Poetry Self-Evaluation (PDF) — Grades 3-12
This chart will help students evaluate the first drafts of their poems before revising.
Writing a Sestina (PDF) — Grades 9-12
This complicated poetry form is difficult to compose! This outline will help students craft their own sestinas.