Spring Acrostic Poems

by Amy on March 4, 2012

spring acrostic poem

{Updated from a post at Early Bird Homeschool, April 2010. The girls wrote these poems when they were 5 and 7 years old.}

Poetry is one of our favorite ways to play and create with words.

After reading Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur, we wrote our own acrostic poems to celebrate Spring.

Acrostic poems use the letters of a topic word (in our case, SPRING) to begin each line. Each word or phrase of the poem should describe or relate to the topic.

The girls started with some brainstorming in their journals pictures and lists of spring words:

brainstorming spring words

brainstorming spring words

On scratch paper, we wrote the word SPRING and they chose a word for each letter.

Natalies poem:

Sun

Pond

Rain

Iris

Nest

Grass

Delaneys poem:

Sun

Plants

Robin

Insect

Nest

Garden

Then, they dreamed up an art project for their poems. I helped by cutting the letters to spell spring from watercolor paper, which they decorated with pastels and watercolors.

They glued down the letters and drew stems. We also cut fringe-style grass to glue to the bottom of the paper. Finally, the girls wrote the words for their poems on the stems.

spring acrostic poem

I love pulling out these poems every year to welcome Spring!

Resources:

Spring: An Acrostic AlphabetSpring: An Acrostic Alphabet by Steven Schnur, illustrated by Leslie Evans

This book pairs 26 short acrostic poems with gorgeous hand-colored linoleum block print illustrations – a beautiful book to read again and again. Check out the Summer, Autumn, and Winter versions, too!

ReadWriteThink has a fun interactive acrostic poem module it provides a definition and guides you through brainstorming words and creating your poem. You can print the finished poem at the end. Pretty neat! Ill be bookmarking it for both my girls to revisit when the poetry-writing bug strikes.

We’re seeing many signs of Spring around here – how about where you are?

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