Are you looking for a fun and educational Hanukkah activity to do with the kids? Acrostic poems for Hanukkah are an easy writing activity for kids of all ages and abilities! Get this Free Hanukkah Acrostic Poem download and you have a ready made, fun activity to do with the kids this Hanukkah season!
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, Hanukkah-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!
Hanukkah Acrostic Poems- 5 Different Words!
In this free mini-writing lesson download you get 5 different Hanukkah acrostic poem templates- available in both color and black and white. This pack features the following Hanukkah words to create Hanukkah poems with:
- Star of David
How to Write a Hanukkah 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, Hanukkah, menorah, dreidel, etc.).
Here is an example:
Menorah candles are lit
Eight nights long
Oil lamp miracle
Reading stories together
After dinner we play games
Happy families celebrate together
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 Hanukkah themed words as you can. 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 meaning of Hanukkah before you begin. Talk about the Hanukkah holiday, the history behind it, the family traditions, favorite foods and activities, etc. This helps get you in the right frame of mind for writing about Hanukkah.
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 Acrostic Poems for Hanukkah Below:
There are 2 options for these printable Hanukkah acrostic poems templates: Color and Black & White- you can download whichever one suits your needs best (or grab them both!)
Each pack features 5 different Hanukkah words. There are 2 versions of each word:
- One with primary lines- suitable for young kids who are just learning to write
- One with a single line- suitable for older kids and adults
You are free to use these templates for personal use at home or in the classroom. Please don’t share the file, but if you’d like to share the Hanukkah Acrostic Poems Templates with friends, please forward this page to them so that they can download the files 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 Hanukkah 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 and families
Use them as placemats or place cards at your Hanukkah or holiday party table
Allow the students to illustrate their poems and create a memorable keepsake
If you are in a classroom or co-op setting, use the students’ poems to create a great Hanukkah bulletin board display
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