Are you looking for a fun and educational Earth Day activity to do with the kids? Earth Day acrostic poems are an easy writing activity for kids of all ages and abilities! Get these free Earth Day Acrostic Poem templates and you have a fun activity to do with the kids that’s perfect for learning about saving our planet!
First off, what is an acrostic poem? An acrostic poem is a form of poetry in which the first letter of each line is used to create a word, phrase, or description.
In this case, Earth Day -themed words are written vertically, with one letter per line. Then each letter is used as the beginning of a word or phrase that has to do with the themed word for the poem. It’s a fun activity that’s also great writing practice!
Earth Day is an annual holiday that is celebrated on April 22nd.
The purpose of Earth Day is to raise awareness about environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, deforestation, and species extinction. The event is also intended to encourage people to take action to protect the environment, whether through individual actions like reducing plastic use or through collective efforts like advocating for policy changes.
Writing activities, like acrostic poems, are a great way for kids to show how much they’ve learned about the Earth, the environment, and conservation.
Earth Day Acrostic Poems for 6 Different Words!
In this free mini-writing lesson download you get 6 different Earth Day acrostic poem templates- available in both color and black and white. This pack features the following Earth Day words to create Earth Day poems with:
- Earth Day
How to Write a Earth Day Acrostic Poem
Acrostic poems are great because they don’t have to rhyme and they can be created using just a few words. It’s a simple composition that is perfect for kids (and adults!) of any age- they just need to know how to write! Here’s a simple lesson plan on how to write an acrostic poem.
To start pass out the acrostic poem templates- or allow the child to choose the word they would like to write about.
Explain to the child that they should think of a word or phrase that starts with each letter that relates to the central themed topics (ie, Earth Day, recycling, reusing, conservation, etc.)
Here is an example:
Everyone can help
April 22nd is Earth Day
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Take care of our planet
Help save animals around the world
Tips for Acrostic Poetry Success
If you or your child is having trouble writing their poem, here are some tips to make writing acrostic poems easier
First, do the activity with them and model by example. They will watch as you complete your poem and have a better understanding of how to do the writing themselves. If you are working in a classroom setting, write a group acrostic poem first on the whiteboard together as a class.
Second, brainstorm a list of words before you begin. Write these words or phrases on a whiteboard or separate paper. Think of as many descriptive words or adjectives as you can that center around Earth Day. Then if/when your child gets stuck while writing they can use these words as a jumping off point.
It can also be helpful to discuss the holiday before you begin. Talk about Earth Day- what it means, the history of it, the definitions of some of the vocabulary, etc. This helps get you in the right mind frame for writing about Earth Day.
And finally, always be available to help and give suggestions if your child gets stuck. The point is creative expression- not frustration! So don’t censor them and allow them to write whatever they want as long as the first word starts with letter at the beginning of the line.
Some kids will write long sentences or phrases and others will write just one word- both are okay!
Download the Earth Day Acrostic Poem Templates Below:
There are 2 options for these printable Earth Day acrostic poems templates: Color and Black and White- you can download whichever one suits your needs best (or grab them both!)
Each pack features 6 different Earth Day words to create acrostic poems.
They features large text boxes to write in that are perfect for writers of all ages.
Click the image or links below to download the templates to your device.
DOWNLOAD THE COLOR EARTH DAY ACROSTIC POEMS TEMPLATES
DOWNLOAD THE B&W EARTH DAY ACROSTIC POEMS TEMPLATES
You are free to use these poem templates for personal use at home or in the classroom. Please don’t share the file, but if you’d like to share the Earth Day Acrostic Poem Templates with friends, please forward this page to them so that they can download the file themselves. This download may not be used in any commercial fashion.
How to Use the Finished Acrostic Poems
Now that you’ve finished your acrostic poems, now what? Here are a few ways to use your Earth Day acrostic poems:
Staple the poems together to make your child their own book of poems
Fold them up into a card to give to friends or family.
Allow the students to illustrate their poems and create a memorable keepsake.
If you are in a classroom setting, use the students’ poems to create a great Earth Day bulletin board display
Want more Acrostic Poem options? Check out these Spring Acrostic Poem Templates, Summer Acrostic Poems, or the Mother’s Day Acrostic Poems.
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