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Fall is one of my favorite seasons. Cooler weather calls for cuddling under blankets reading, baking pumpkin treats, and playing in leaf piles. I like to incorporate seasonal fun into my lesson plans whenever possible and these fall poetry activities are a great addition to any language arts curriculum.
Fall Poetry Activities
Write a Fall Themed Poem
Write an Acrostic Poem
An acrostic poem is a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word when read vertically. The word choices are pretty limitless, so you do this fall poetry activity multiple times. Some possible acrostic poem fall word choices include:
Write a Haiku
A haiku is a type of poem that always follows a certain formula:
- 3 lines
- The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables
Haikus are often about nature, so the changing fall landscape can make great haiku inspiration. A nature walk might get the creative juices flowing.
Create a Cinquain Poem
Cinquain poems are somewhat of a shape poem because of their line structure. They always contain exactly 11 words and follow the same format:
- Line 1 – 1 word to name a subject or topic
- Line 2 – 2 adjectives describing the topic
- Line 3 – 3 -ing action verbs that relate to the topic
- Line 4 – 4 word phrase
- Line 5 – 1 specific term for the topic
Create a Poetry Station
It is easy to create a fall poetry station. I created one for my children by cutting fall words out of a magazine and putting them in a basket. They can use these beautifully designed words for either poetry inspiration, the title, or as words within the poem itself. A poetry center can include:
Host a Fall Tea with Poetry
Tea with poetry is one of our favorite homeschool traditions. You don’t need any special reason for a tea with poetry, but adding a seasonal flair is fun. Let the kids decorate with fall decorations, bake (or buy) fall themed treats, and read fall poems.
Sidewalk Chalk Poems
One of my friends has an awesome tradition with her daughter. They sprinkle poetry throughout their neighborhood by writing poems on sidewalks and quiet streets with sidewalk chalk. These wash away with the rain, so there is no harm. This seems like a fun way to make neighbors smile while also memorizing poetry.
Create Poetry Magnets
Poetry magnets are very easy to make. Just print fall words on card stock, cut them out, and add magnets to the back. These words can be used on the refrigerator, dish washer, or even just a metal baking tray to create poems. My daughter has a set of Harry Potter poetry magnets, but the themed possibilities are endless.
What are your favorite fall poetry activities?
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