My favorite form of poetry is ACROSTIC POETRY. It is easy and a good critical thinking skill to get kids to brainstorm lists of W words having to do with winter.
It is always funny when somebody says something off the wall, like Winnie the Pooh, for a W word on our Acrostic Poetry brainstorm. We all have a good laugh.
Then we move on to I words, then N words on the board as the kids help by brainstorming and I will help by calling out generic words like “In, Nobody, White” etc.
Word Bank of January Words – I put up a new one each month. It
really reduces the “Teacher how do you spell….?” questions a lot!
It’s fun to then choose a favorite word from the lists we have made and come up with a sentence telling about your own favorite parts of winter.
As you can see, they all write about what THEY love about winter….or DON’T love….as the case may be.
After writing our Winter Acrostic Poems, we make snowmen out of cut snowflakes and white paint stamped snowflakes and colored paper hats and scarves, with colored dot stickers for buttons.
|Snowman Art using snowflakes is really a pretty bulletin board outside our classroom for January.
After everybody has the WIN of winter, we move to T words, then E words then R words. I write them as a LIST under each letter so it’s easy for the kids to choose a word to start with.
Here are our finished Winter Acrostic Poems on our bulletin board. Super cute.
Well, the snowmen are really cute too!
We sing Songs about Snowmen too. Here is one to the tun of Itsy Bitsy Spider.
Last year we did Penguin Acrostic Poems with footprint Penguin Art….
|Here is the Footprint and thumbprint penguins painted black on blue paper. I added glitter glue stars afterwards. They
Penguin Footprint Art with baby thumbprint penguins too. This one took a LONG TIME to finish because I had to paint with the kids practically 1 on 1. So this year we did tear art penguins with penguin stories. They are almost done.
|I have literally dozens of penguin books in my classroom library. I love all of the Tacky the Penguin ones especially.
My favorite Penguin Children’s Book of all Time. I try to do “Text Sets” of non-fiction books AND story books on the same topics or themes.
The they make their own sentences and we try to add an adjective to each of them. They always turn out beautiful and wintery sounding.