Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Free Earth Day Acrostic Poem Activity

Tomorrow is Earth Day. It's been all but forgotten as countries around the word are coping with the pandemic. But this is the perfect time to think remember it. Because if nothing else, this virus should show us the interconnectedness of all life on Earth.

This year, I'm offering this free printable activity through Earth Day. It will go up for sale on Thursday. I've chosen poetry because that is a writing form that seems to fit perfectly with the beauty of our planet and the life on it.

Do you remember doing acrostic poems when you were a kid? They were one of my favorite activities as a child. Usually, our teacher would whip them out around Mother's Day. They even made a song about it. You remember:

"M" is for the million things she gave me
"O" means only that she's growing old
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me
"H" is for her heart of purest gold
"E" is for her eyes with love-light shining
"R" means right and right she'll always be
Put them all together they spell MOTHER...

They are a great educational tool for children because they're fun and they build literacy skills. Acrostics are...
  • fantastic for beginning writers because they develop writing skills and critical thinking,
  • great for language learners because students have to think in terms of relationships: What words associated with the topic and begin with....? 
  • and they boost vocabulary.

So just for fun, I've put together this packet of bilingual Earth Day acrostic poem templates. It includes directions and examples in both English and Spanish, as well as five different acrostic pages with prompts of varying length and difficulty. There's also a blank page to allow children to use their own focus word.

But remember to do so by Wednesday night. It will be free until then and place in my TpT store on Thursday morning. 

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