Are you in need of a quick Easter activity for your students? Try having your students create an Easter acrostic poem. They are so easy to write and they can be about any subject.
Grade Level: Primary and Upper Grades
Subject: Language Arts
- Practice brainstorming Easter-related words
- Use descriptive phrases and sentences to describe Easter or words related to Easter
- Write an Easter acrostic poem
- Pencil and paper for each student to write their poem on
- Scrap paper for brainstorming
- Ask the class what they know about Easter. Write a list on the board while they are calling out answers, and offer ideas and comments as you write down the list.
- Brainstorm 10-15 Easter-related words and write them on the front board or overhead projector. Have the students copy these words on a scrap piece of paper or create a graphic organizer.
Each student is asked to write a short acrostic poem using an Easter-related word. They must create phrases and/or sentences that relate to the subject in order to complete the task.Direct Instruction:
- Choose an Easter-related word and work together to create an acrostic poem. Choose words such as: Easter, eggs, Happy Easter, basket, bunny or Spring.
- Model the format of an acrostic poem on the front board. The easiest way to display this is to put the letters of the subject down the left hand side of the page. Once this is done you can now begin to think of a sentence that describes your subject.
- Brainstorm sentences that would relate to the subject of the poem. Leave these ideas on the front board so the students can use them as a reference when creating a poem on their own.
- For younger students, provide a graphic organizer for brainstorming and an acrostic poem worksheet where they can fill in the blanks.
- For older students, you can also provide a graphic organizer for brainstorming, but then have them write their own sentences from scratch.
Once they have completed their poems allow time for them to illustrate a picture and then share their poems aloud with their classmates.Independent Practice:
For homework, have students create an acrostic poem using another Easter-related word. For extra credit or practice they can create a poem using the letters of their name.Assessment:
The final piece of writing and homework assignment will be assessed by a rubric that the teacher has created.
Sample Easter Acrostic Poems
H - ope is in the Spring air
A - s we all come together
P - ractice your manners for Easter dinner
P - raise your parents and the ones you love
Y - es, together we love to
E - at on Easter day
A -nd when you wake up on
S - unday morning you can search for your Easter basket.
T - o me it's the best part of Easter,
E - ating all of the chocolate bunnies and collecting the eggs.
R - emember to get some rest for the special day!
E - aster is a great time of year
A - nd every child loves to eat chocolate
S - o make sure you don’t eat too much
T - ogether we can hide
E - aster eggs and find them
R - emember not to eat too much candy or you'll get a belly ache!
E - at
G - ather eggs
G - o to church
S - pring has sprung
S -ring is a wonderful time of year
P -icture the flowers blooming
R -abbits are hopping
I -t is so
N -ice and warm outside
G -rowing flowers at Easter time.