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Want some fresh ideas to make learning poetry fun for your students? This post shares 7 engaging poetry activities for upper elementary students that can be used all year long.
Plus, you can grab a FREE digital poetry activity to use in your classroom!
Fun, Year-Long Poetry Activities for Upper Elementary Students
I LOVE reading and teaching poetry to my 4th graders!
Each year, I look for ways to infuse poetry reading and writing activities in our class throughout the year–not just for National Poetry Month in April.
Here are some general tips that will help you incorporate fun, year-long poetry activities in your upper elementary classroom:
- Include poetry games and activities with your on-going literacy centers.
- Use poetry to help your older kids with phonics. Often times, my students complain that phonics activities are “baby-ish,” but they enjoy reading poetry. Many poems with a simple rhyme scheme has word / phonics families that they need to practice, so it’s a win-win!
- Teach your students to look for poetic forms through read-alouds or novel studies. (I’ll go into more detail with this one below.)
In addition to these general tips, I use music, brain breaks, and online games to teach poetry all year long.
Now I’ll dig into more details with these engaging poetry activities below!
“Poetry Hour” Makes Reciting Poetry So Much Fun
Poetry Hour is one of my favorite poetry activities for upper elementary students!
Once a month, I allow my students to choose a poem they want to stand up and recite to the class.
It can be a poem I have provided in class or one they found on their own. I even have students recite a poem they’ve written themselves.
In addition to reading the poem, students are allowed to dress up as a character if they want. They do not have to memorize the poem, but many of them do it anyway.
Then I give them a toy microphone from The Dollar Tree, plus a decorated podium to make it seem like a “stage.”
My kids LOVE getting up to share their poems! We even “snap fingers” instead of clap at the end of each recitation.
Teaching Students to Talk about Poetry with “Poetry Talks”
I’ve never had a group of students that didn’t like to talk!
So, I find ways to channel their chattiness into our learning activities. Poetry Talks allow students to work with partners and discuss poetry with one another.
Then I give my students sentence stem cards to help them discuss their poetry appropriately. This also helps me hold them accountable to stay on track while they talk about their poems with one another.
We use this poetry activity during our poetry centers and after a whole-class mini-lesson on poetry.
“Poetry Puzzles” Provide Excellent Hands-on Poetry Practice
It should come as no surprise that 3rd through 5th grade students thrive with hands-on literacy activities.
So, one of the poetry activities for upper elementary students that I use is a poetry puzzle.
Here’s one way you can use this in your classroom too:
- Find a poem you want to teach your students.
- Cut each stanza or line apart in strips and place in sandwich baggies or envelopes.
- After analyzing the poem with the whole class, split students into small groups of 2-4 kids in each group.
- Give them the poem in baggies and have them put it back together again like a puzzle.
Not only is it hilarious to see what they come up with (since they don’t have the poem memorized), but it really strengthens their understanding of stanzas, line breaks, and rhyme scheme!
Poetry Writing Task Cards for Upper Elementary Students
I don’t just want my students to read poems more, but I also want them to write more poetry.
So I use task cards to build up their poetry writing muscles.
Task cards are easy to incorporate, plus it allows me to expose my kids to different types of poetry.
The diverse writing prompts push students to write all sorts of interesting poems!
Not only this, but my students keep a writing journal, which holds all their written poems for the year.
It’s always so fun to see how much they’ve grown with poetry writing by the end of the school year.
Analyzing Poetry Through Music
During our Poetry Hour, I had a student ask if he could perform rap songs. I told him yes and helped him choose appropriate examples to recite.
Needless to say, it was a huge hit with my students!
Thankfully, music and poetry have so many similarities that allow them to go hand-in-hand.
So, analyzing music of all genres provides excellent exposure to different examples of figurative language in poetry.
Incorporating Poetry through Read-Alouds for Upper Elementary Students
Another one of my favorite poetry activities for upper elementary students is to find examples of it through read-alouds.
Just like with music, books showcase poetry examples that help students get on-going exposure to it.
In my class, students use literacy choice boards , which include an option called “The Poetry Finder.”
I teach them how to identify different types of poetry when they’re reading independently.
The more poetry students see in different forms, the stronger they get with interpreting figurative language and inferencing while reading .
Play Online Poetry Games
If you’re looking for ways to connect poetry with technology, you’ll love this poetry activity.
Poetry Games ( poetrygames.org ) is a free website that does three things:
- Defines different types of poems
- Gives examples of each poetry type
- Provides a built in writing template where students will type their own poem into a “Poetry Machine.”
The poetry machine will “spit out” the student’s typed poem. I love how the templates provide scaffolded writing tips and lines to help students write/type their poems independently.
Plus, it will not allow students to click the “Create Your Poem” button until they fill in each blank in the template.
It’s one of my favorite, no-prep ways to include poetry practice with our technology centers!
Poetry Lesson Plans for Upper Elementary Teachers
Teaching poetry can seem intimidating; especially if you feel short on time–which most of us do!
This is why all of my PowerPoint Lesson slides and step-by-step lesson plans for my poetry units are available in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop HERE.
Each poetry unit also has printables and poetry assessments + rubrics included that help you teach poetry to your 3rd through 5th grade students.
They are designed for whole class mini-lessons AND poetry centers that can be used all year long.
More Poetry Resources
Bookmark or pin these poetry posts to infuse more poetry activities into your classroom:
- How I Teach Haiku Poetry
- Poetry Books That Also Celebrate Diversity
- Books That Teach Figurative Language
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Poetry Activities for Upper Elementary
Tell your students you are going to study poetry, and you’ll have varied reactions. Some kids will remember the rhymes of their early childhood days with excitement. Others will groan at the thought of cheesy “love poems.” However, you can teach poetry in a way that even the most resistant student will find something to love about this genre. Here are some poetry activities for upper elementary that I think your students will love.
Put it to music.
I always start out a poetry unit by surveying my students: “Who likes poetry?” Many kids will not raise their hands or have some grumblings of how poetry is cheesy or weird. Immediately after, I’ll ask my students, “Who likes music?” Inevitably, every hand will go up. Music is poetry.
Start your poetry exploration by bringing out a few popular songs. Talk about terms like “speaker” (the voice of the poem), “lyric poetry” (a poem that shows emotion), and various poetic devices like rhyme, similes, metaphors, and theme. Connecting those concepts to music before reading traditional poems allows your students to make connections from pop culture to literature and instantly engages them.
Have a poetry reading.
Dim the lights, wear black, and transform your classroom into a poetry slam. Have your students recite their own original works or poems they have read in class. Consider providing small treats and “tea” (water will do the trick). After each student presents their poem, the class can “snap” their fingers to show their appreciation, a tradition in many amateur poetry readings or “slams.”
Before the poetry slam, you can model poetry readings by reciting some of your own original poems or popular poems you teach in class. This not only helps your kids with speaking standards, but it also teaches them the difference in fluency when reading a poem as opposed to other genres.
Use poetry centers.
I love incorporating poetry throughout the year in reading stations and reading centers. There are two ways I do this.
1. Poetry Reading Game Style Centers
My students love anything that involves a bit of a game. So, I created poetry centers that the students could “play” with dice. For the centers, the students read a poem and then roll two dice to answer text-dependent questions about the poem. Click here to see the Poetry Centers in my TeachersPayTeachers store. There are 10 centers, so you can do one a month to have your students reading poems and completing engaging poetry activities all year. Another option is to do a couple a week during the month of April (poetry month) or during your poetry unit.
For my other go-to poetry reading center, I place poems or poetry books in a reading center, have the students read a poem or two, and respond in writing to the poem. I use poetry response task cards to guide the students’ responses. Click here to grab the poetry task cards and recording booklet for FREE!
The printed poem shown in this picture can be found in my Holiday Reading Bundle , which contains an informational text, a fiction text, and a poem for each holiday or season represented.
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Poetry Activities with Google Slides
Explore different types of poetry..
Many students come to 4th and 5th grade with the assumption that all poems rhyme and follow the same type of format. I love teaching my students about some of the different types of poems. Some of these “new to them” poetry types really resonate with students that previously didn’t enjoy poetry.
To introduce my students to the different types of poetry, I use this poetry booklet. It covers eight different types of poems, and each page contains a definition of the type and an example. The students can use the back of each page to try their hand at writing the type of poetry shown.
The booklet also includes a digital Google Slides version with clickable tabs to navigate through the booklet!
To grab this poetry booklet for free, simply join my email list using the form below and the poetry booklet will be sent right to you (current email list members can use this same form to sign up, you won’t be added to my list twice).
Have students create Blackout and Found Poems.
I love having students be creative and unique with poetry. Two of my favorite activities are Blackout Poems and Found Poems.
Blackout Poems: These are poems the students create with a page from old, recycled books or even printed text. The students black out the majority of the words on the page to create a new poem with the still-visible words.
Found Poems: For these poems, the students cut out words and phrases from magazines and compile them to create a unique poem.
To read more about these types and see examples click here or on the image above to see a post from EBCamps.
Poetry term Bingo is one of my favorite activities to play with my students. Have a call sheet with a list of terms, definitions, and examples. Each sheet will have a definition or example. You can read off the term, and your students will mark where they find the corresponding definition or example related to the word. This is a great way to review upper elementary poetry terms. It’s so much fun; your students won’t even realize they’re reviewing!
Click here to grab a FREE set of Bingo boards and calling cards to review poetry terms.
Implement seasonal or holiday poems throughout the year.
Another way (besides regular poetry reading centers) to incorporate poetry all year is through seasonal or holiday poems. I use my holiday reading comprehension packs , which contain a poem for each of the major holidays and seasons represented. The resource also includes a variety of printable activities to go with each poem, which really help my students’ poetry comprehension. You can also find holiday poems online here .
Explore poems online.
Speaking of online poems, give your kids the reins and let them explore poems from poetry websites just for kids. One of my favorites is poetry4kids.com . I introduce the site by finding a poem to have the students listen to (either I read it or they listen online). The students will then read the poem aloud on their own for fluency and to increase their comprehension. They’ll pair up and discuss the poems before moving on to analysis. After the initial introduction, it’s fantastic to allow the kids to explore independently or in pairs. The students can also write about the poems they read or create their own poems modeled after the form and structure of the poems.
Poetry Read Alouds
Students love being read to, and poems are great to read throughout the year when you are between books or when you have a few minutes to spare. Here are some recommended poetry books and poets for upper elementary students:
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
Poems by Bard Bagert, Jack Prelutsky, and Shel Silverstein
Poetry is not a scary thing (for teachers or for students) when you use engaging, relevant activities to make it fun for your 4th and 5th grade students. Try some of these poetry activities for upper elementary, and your kids will be reading and creating like old school poets!
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There are many different ways to write poems as well as lots of techniques you can learn to help you improve your writing skill. Here are many of the poetry writing lessons for children that I have created to help you become a better poet, including how to write funny poetry, poetic rhythm, poetic forms and other styles of verse, as well as lesson plans for teachers and video lessons.
How to Write Funny Poetry
- Chapter 1: Writing Poetry
- Chapter 2: How to Rhyme
- Chapter 3: Choosing a Topic
- Chapter 4: Making it Funny
- Chapter 5: Types of Funny Poems
Rhythm in Poetry
- You Can Scan, Man
- I Am the Iamb
- Okie Dokie, Here’s the Trochee
- More than Two Feet
A poetic “form” is a set of rules for writing a certain type of poem. These rules can include the number of lines or syllables the poem should have, the placement of rhymes, and so on. Here are lessons for writing several common poetic forms.
- How to Write an Acrostic Poem
- How to Create Book Spine Poetry
- How to Write a Cinquain Poem
- How to Write a Clerihew
- How to Write a Concrete or “Shape” Poem
- How to Write a Diamante Poem
- How to Create a “Found Poem”
- How to Write a Free Verse Poem
- How to Write a Haiku
- How to Write a Limerick
- How to Write a Sonnet
- How to Write a Tanka Poem
Other Poetic Styles
There are many different styles of poems. These are not “poetic forms” because they don’t usually have firm rules about length, syllable counts, etc., but they are common enough that many well-known children’s poets have written poems like these.
- How to Write an Alliteration Poem
- How to Write an Apology Poem
- How to Write a “Backward” Poem
- How to Write an Exaggeration Poem
- How to Write a “Favorite Things” List Poem
- How to Write a Funny Epitaph Poem
- How to Write a Funny List Poem
- How to Write a Traditional “Mother Goose” Nursery Rhyme
- How to Write a Fractured Nursery Rhyme
- How to Write an “I Can’t Write a Poem” Poem
- How to Write an Onomatopoeia Poem
- How to Write an Opposite Day Poem
- How to Write a “Playing With Your Food” Poem
- How to Write a Repetition Poem
- How to Write Riddle Rhymes
- How to Write a “Roses are Red” Valentine’s Day Poem
- How to Write a Silly Song Parody
- How to Write a Tongue Twister
- How to Host an Open Mic Poetry Party
- How to Host a Poetry Slam
- How to Recite a Poem Like an Expert
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- Can You Make Up Words?
- Describe the Sky – A Poetry Creativity Workout
- Evoking the Senses in a Poem
- Five Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block
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- “Forced Rhymes” and How to Avoid Them
- That Doesn’t Sound Right to Me
- Twenty Fun Writing Prompts for Kids
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- Alliteration and Assonance Lesson Plan
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- Simile and Metaphor Lesson Plan
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- Awesome Acrostics – A video poetry writing lesson
- How to Rhyme – A video poetry writing lesson
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When reading these lessons, you may come across some unfamiliar words. If you see a poetic term and don’t know what it means, you can always look it up in the Poetic Terms Dictionary. Poetry4kids also has a rhyming dictionary and a list of rhyming words you can use to help you write poems.
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Rhyming Dictionary for Kids
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- How to Teach Poetry Writing in Four Easy Lessons
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While many students moan over the study of poetry, few realize they listen to it often in the form of music lyrics. Poetry is rhythmic composition that uses imagery and rhythm to express feelings or thoughts. Poems don’t have to rhyme, although many do. Instead, the rhythm of the text is what distinguishes it from prose. The poetry worksheets below are free for you to use in a classroom or at home. The details are viewable by clicking the title.
Acrostic Poetry Worksheet Activity: Write It!
Here’s a great prompt for writing acrostic poetry.
Christmas Acrostic Poem Activity
See what your students come up with when you hand out this worksheet and have them write an acrostic poem about Christmas.
Write an Acrostic Poem
This acrostic poem worksheet will introduce your youngster to poetry!
Find the Rhyme Scheme
Ready for some rhyme scheme practice?
Haiku: Write Your Own!
This worksheet features the Japanese poetry style haiku.
Write Rhyming Couplets
Time for some poetic rhyming couplets!
Adding Alliteration to Poetry
Let’s add some alliteration to poetry! Students fill in the blanks to finish the poems.
Finding the Stresses in a Poem
In this exercise, students write the stressed and unstressed symbols above the beginning of the poem, The Walrus and the Carpenter.
Poetry Vocabulary Match
In this poetry vocabulary worksheet, students match each word in Column A with its meaning in Column B
Poetry: Foot and Line Flash Cards
In this activity, students will match the words with their meanings using flash cards.
Poetry: Stressed and Unstressed Syllables
Students write the stressed and unstressed symbols above the words listed. In the section exercise, students write the stressed and unstressed symbols above the words from the first lines of common nursery rhymes.
Rhyme Schemes: Frost and Millay
The rhyme scheme of a poem is determined by giving the last word or words a letter. In this activity, students write the rhyme scheme for each poem.
Irony in Poetry
Two poetry passages from classic literature are the focus of this irony worksheet.
Poetry and Poets: Robert Frost
Frost wrote vibrant poetry about nature and the rural life. Below is one of his poems from a collection published in 1916. Students read it carefully and answer the questions.
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20 Poetry Activities: Reading & Writing Poetry for Kids of All Ages
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Looking for poetry activities that will hook even the most resistant kiddo? Find them right here. I’ve put together 30 ideas for reading poetry, writing poems, and incorporating poetry into your other subjects and lesson plans.
Poetry Activities for All Ages
Whether you’re introducing haiku to your kindergartner, reading limericks with your middle schooler, or writing sonnets with your high schooler, you’ll find engaging poetry activities on this list.
Poetry is for every age group from babies through grown-ups, and anyone can use these activities. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself enjoying poetry a little more – or are inspired to write your own!
Have fun with poetry! Read, write, and incorporate poetry into your lesson plans. There are so many lovely, fun, and engaging poems and poets. Find some poetry that inspires you , and run with it!
10 activities for reading poetry
1. Listen to poetry on audio book
Listen in the car, grab some headphones at home, or bring them along for a poetry walk! You’ll find lovely performances of poetry from famous actors and the author them self! It’s interesting to hear how another reader can change the inflection, tone, and rhythm of some poetry.
If you find yourself tired of reading poetry aloud (hey, it’s not everyone’s jam) and your kid just can’t get into reading it to themselves, try listening to poetry on audio book. You can find cds for the car at your library or check out the variety of poetry available on audible .
2. Act out a poem
Grow like the flower. Soar like the bird. Gently flutter from place to place like the butterfly. Take on the characteristics of the people, animals, or objects in your poems and perform.
3. Dance a poem
Stomp your feet to the rhythm, move like a tree in the wind, or create an interpretive dance. Dance and poetry are both arts. Can you communicate the meaning, the feeling of the poetry with your body?
4. Sing a poem
Some poetry has its own rhythm. Make up a tune to go along with the words. How will your song sound? Sad and low? Upbeat? Loud? Quiet? How can you express the meaning of the poem through more than simply the words.
5. Create a book of selected works
Decide on a theme, author, or style of poetry and create a book of selected works. These can be illustrated pages, typed or hand-written. Find poetry at the library, online, or from your favorite books. Bind them together to create a new book of poetry. Related: Seasonal Haiku Worksheets
6. Compare and contrast poems
Choose two (or more) poems and compare them side-by-side. Choose poems that have one obvious thing in common – same author, same topic, same style, or were written in the same year. Then find all the similarities and differences that you can.
Superficial differences are easy to find – like punctuation or subject. Dig deep. Why were these poems written? What was the author trying to communicate. How were these poems reflective of the time and place they were written?
7. Poetry teatime
Make reading poetry special with a poetry teatime. Everyone brings their own books and reads aloud for a relaxing, sometimes hilarious, and always enjoyable break from a structured lesson.
8. Have a poetry picnic
If a poetry teatime isn’t your jam, head outdoors and make it a poetry picnic. Enjoy reading poetry in a relaxed, social setting. Bring your favorite books and a few new ones, too.
9. Perform a poem
Some people are born performers! If your child is one of them, encourage them to memorize and perform a poem for you. Trouble with memorizing? Type it out in large print and stage a dramatic reading. They might remember more than they think after practicing a few times.
10. Create a work of art
Mix artistic mediums when you create a work of art inspired by a piece of poetry. Use the paint, chalk, or crayons to express the emotion of the poem and illustrate the imagery. Then hang it on your wall or create a gallery of poetry-inspired works!
Related>>> 10 Sneaky Ways to Incorporate Poetry into Any Subject
10 writing poetry activities.
1. Write a poem
Is this one too obvious? Maybe. But hear me out. If you have a child that is resistant to reading poetry or one that flat out doesn’t like it. Encourage them to write their own.
“ I hate this poem, it’s so boring!” they say. Well, why don’t you write a poem that is better? More adventurous. More exciting. With more rhymes and sillies! Or as serious as a heart attack.
If they think poetry in general is boring, remind them that song lyrics are poetry, too.
2. Use poetry frames
Poetry frames are a simple introduction to writing poetry for elementary aged kids. A poetry frame is a poem with important parts or phrases left blank. Encourage your child to fill in the blanks and create their first poem. Related: Seasonal Poetry Frames – Printable
3. Create a poem with found words
Cut words out of a magazine, ad flyer, or newspaper (do people still get those?). Or be brave and cut up one of your old books from the donation pile. Find words, titles, parts of words, and rearrange letters to create your own poem.
*Travel tip: If you are schooling on the road, this is a great activity for travel! Keep a journal and a glue stick handy and create found poetry from the papers and postings you find along the way.
4. Follow a pattern
If you’re studying a particular type of poetry – sonnets, limericks, and haiku are the most well known examples – study the pattern of the poetry and create your own. This is particularly helpful with kiddos that struggle with the creative side of poetry. Get down and analyze the poem’s algorithm – what makes it unique? The rhyme, rhythm, stanzas, spacing, punctuation…
5. Write an acrostic
We usually think of using acrostic poetry with young children. You certainly can! However, acrostic poetry can be fun for older kids and even adults, too. The vertical line can be a single word with each line beginning with a single letter. Or it can be a word, spelling a sentence with a different meaning (perhaps a the hidden meaning, opposite of what the entire poem expresses?).
6. Create a poetry book
One of my most memorable elementary experiences was creating a poetry book for the 1992 Olympics. This was a 5th grade project (stop calculating my age!), and we created all sorts of poetry – concrete, haiku, acrostic, and limericks.
Create your own poetry book. Choose a current topic (like the Olympics ) or any topic that interests your child. Poetry can be about anything!
7. Take on a different point of view
Write a poem from the perspective of a person, animal, or object other than yourself. Encourage children to think like something else. This could be as funny or serious as you’d like it to be.
What’s it like to be a squirrel in a tree? Or a prince in a castle? What’s it like to be a chair – do they long to be sat on? For a warm body to come join them? Or are you smushing them each time you thump down on their laps?
8. Write a descriptive poem
This is another good one for kids who get stuck on the creative/artistic aspect of poetry. Choose an object – something special or something mundane, and use your senses to describe every little detail of it. Sound, smell, touch, taste, and how it looks. Look closely enough and you’ll find many details.
9. Blackout poetry
What is blackout poetry? It’s when you take an old book and blackout most of the words with a marker to create an entirely new story. Create your own poetry using the words in an old children’s book slated for the donation pile.
10. Poetry journal
Not all poetry needs to be a finished work of art. Grab a journal and start scribbling thoughts. Take what you’ve learned about poems and structure your writing or free write prose and black it out after. Anything goes in a poetry journal! More on Making a Writing Prompt Journal: No Pressure Creative Writing Activities for Kids
If you are looking for poetry journaling inspiration, don’t miss the book Jabberwalking by United States Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera . This whimsical guide to writing poetry is sure to inspire. Herrera focuses on the process of writing poetry in an engaging an humorous way. Jabberwalkers are poets in motion! This book is truly a work of art.
I hope these poetry activities inspire your poetry lesson plans!
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Free Printable Poetry Worksheets for 5th Grade
Poetry: Discover the beauty of language with our free printable Reading & Writing Poetry worksheets, tailored for Grade 5 students. Enhance your students' literary skills and spark their creativity with Quizizz.
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Poetry worksheets for Grade 5 are an excellent resource for teachers looking to enhance their students' reading and writing skills. These worksheets provide a variety of engaging activities that focus on different aspects of poetry, such as understanding figurative language, identifying poetic devices, and analyzing the structure and meaning of poems. By incorporating these worksheets into their lesson plans, teachers can help their students develop a deeper appreciation for poetry and improve their overall writing abilities. Additionally, these worksheets can be used to support fiction writing exercises, as students learn to incorporate poetic elements into their own creative stories. With these Grade 5 poetry worksheets, teachers can create a well-rounded and engaging curriculum that fosters a love for reading and writing in their students.
Quizizz is a fantastic platform that offers a wide range of educational resources, including worksheets, quizzes, and interactive games, making it a valuable tool for teachers of all subjects and grade levels. For those focusing on Grade 5 reading and writing, Quizizz provides a variety of poetry worksheets that can be easily integrated into the classroom. These worksheets not only cover the basics of poetry analysis and appreciation but also delve into more advanced topics such as metaphor, simile, and personification. Teachers can also utilize Quizizz's extensive library of quizzes and games to assess their students' understanding of poetry and other reading and writing concepts. By incorporating Quizizz into their teaching strategies, educators can create a dynamic and interactive learning environment that encourages students to develop their skills in reading, writing, and fiction writing.
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Five easy-to-implement strategies to make poetry writing accessible and fun for all students.
Each year, when I tell my students that we are going to write poetry, a few are excited, but the majority let out an audible sigh. They often have the misconception that poetry is about following a lot of rules and using words that they don’t understand. They’re more open and excited when the focus shifts toward sharing their ideas and feelings with others in a creative format.
With each new type of poetry I teach, I work through writing a poem with them and talk through my thinking. Showing students that their teacher’s writing is far from perfect and sometimes comes out a lot different than envisioned empowers them to create their own work. I also model the risk-taking of starting a poem and the beauty of improvement through revision.
The poetry-writing process can become more inclusive and engaging when you offer a variety of poetry-writing exercises.
Start with a page from any text and ask students to choose words from that text to create a poem. They black out any words they don’t want in their poem with a marker. They then rewrite all the remaining words into a poem.
Ask students to plan what they want to black out by lightly underlining in pencil before they begin marking through words. The only rule is that they must use these words in the order that they appear.
Students enjoy using texts that seem uninteresting at first glance, such as pages out of discarded grammar books. They love turning something boring into a fun poem.
Blackout poetry is a good starting point for new poets because the words are already on the page and students only need to determine which words to use. This strategy can also be used as an interdisciplinary assignment in which students use text from specific content to create a poem about that content, such as using the Bill of Rights to create a poem about the Revolutionary War.
This strategy begins with a pile of words cut out on individual pieces of paper. They can be specific words chosen by the teacher or words collected from students. Students organize the words to create any poem they would like without adding new words. This strategy allows students to see that there is not a right way to write a poem, and everyone leaves class with a completed poem. When I model this for students, they love to see me moving words around, changing my mind and wishing so much for words that I don’t have.
There are several variations of the word-scamble poetry method. One involves giving all students the same group of words and discovering how many different ideas are formulated using those same words. Another involves giving students different groups of words and allowing them to trade words. A last variation involves a bit of stealing by the teacher: Periodically walk around the classroom and distribute new words or take some words away.
My Life in ___ Words
Students are given the task of writing the story of their life using only the same number of words as their age. This helps students practice word choice and takes a little of the pressure off because it is, by default, a short piece.
A variation of this method is to use a different cap on the number of words that students may use. I’ve asked students to write about a specific topic using fewer than five or 10 words.
Prose to Poetry
Students write out their ideas for a poem without worrying about format. They are encouraged to write freely about whatever emotion or topic they would like to convey in their poem. Then students follow four steps to turn the prose into poetry:
- Decide what emotion or idea is most important for you to convey in your poem, and keep that in mind as you make revisions.
- Cut the word count by at least half by eliminating unneeded words and phrases. Highlight the most important words and phrases that you want to keep and delete the rest.
- Highlight what you think is the most important phrase, and make it your title.
- Rearrange the remaining words and phrases in a way that helps you convey your idea. Consider starting and ending all lines with a noun, adjective, or verb.
My Worst Poem
Ask students to write the worst poem ever about something they feel strongly about. Then have them go through a few revisions, making edits to turn it into something they are proud to share. This takes the pressure off of getting something on paper. Once they get over the stress of what to write and just start writing, they almost always realize that their “worst poem” isn’t that bad at all.
After working through a few of these activities, students often comment on how surprised they are about how many poems they wrote and how much fun they had. I end the unit celebrating their writing with a poetry café, where students share their poems with their classmates and enjoy a few snacks. Creating easy and accessible exercises for poetry writing can turn skeptical students into poets.
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28 Fresh & Fun 5th Grade Poems to Share With Students
Poetry lessons are our favorite.
Fifth grade students have been learning about rhymes all of their lives. Most of the poems from their younger years, though, may be feeling cheesy to them now. As they approach the end of their elementary school years, they’re ready for something more substantial. We’ve put together a list of 5th grade poems to take your poetry lessons to the next level!
1. Homework Stew by Kenn Nesbitt
“I cooked my math book in a broth.”
2. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Francis William Bourdillon
“And the day but one.”
3. Spring by Henry Gardiner Adams
“A bursting into greenness…”
4. Summer by Walter Dean Myers
“I like hot days, hot days.”
5. This Morning is Our History Test by Kenn Nesbitt
“I’ve pinned my notes inside my vest.”
6. Autumn by Emily Dickinson
“Through the street of St. Germain…”
7. A Lesson by Ruby Archer
“Would ye build that generations…”
8. Winter by Russell Blair
“Winter is white as a fluffy cloud.”
9. The Scarecrow by Annie Stone
“A figure rugged and forlorn…”
10. I Have to Write a Poem by Kenn Nesbitt
“So maybe I’ll just make a rhyme.”
11. Harlem by Langston Hughes
“What happens to a dream deferred”
12. Peepers by William Skinner
“A voice of amphibians chirping…”
13. My Pets by Lacey Broughton
“My dog’s name is Missy.”
14. Who Has Seen the Wind? By Christina Rossetti
“Neither I nor you.”
15. Falling Snow by Amanda Colomb
“It looks like a big white blanket.”
16. The Miser by Ruby Archer
“I caught old Ocean this morning early…”
17. In Time’s Swing by Lucy Larcom
“Father Time, your footsteps go…”
18. If-ing by Langston Hughes
“If I had some small change I’d buy me a mule…”
19. Adventures by Holly Fiato
“You can meet anyone.”
20. Toad by the Road by Joanne Ryder
“Watching the world go by.”
21. The Sky by Elizabeth Madox Roberts
“I saw a shadow on the ground.”
22. I’m Nobody—Who are You? By Emily Dickinson
“Are you nobody, too?”
23. Conscience and Remorse by Paul Laurence Dunbar
“And conscience smitten sorely…”
24. Bleezer’s Ice Cream by Jack Prelutsky
“I am Ebenezer Bleezer…”
25. Merry-Go-Round by Langston Hughes
“On the bus we’re put in the back…”
26. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
“Whose woods these are I think I know.”
27. The Branch by Elizabeth Madox Roberts
“We stopped at the branch on the way to the hill.”
28. School Year Extension by Kenn Nesbitt
“I know it’s the last day of school…”
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From traditional poems to pop star lyrics , poetry is an important topic that teaches students how to write emotively, descriptively, and with creativity. It’s also a great way of developing a young person’s understanding of art, history, and literature, too — all vital subjects for a student’s overall education.
But what is the best and most engaging way of teaching poetry to middle schoolers? From fun poetry activities to expert top tips, read on to find out.
Teaching poetry to middle schoolers
Before we get to the poetry activities, here are four key points to consider when teaching the topic to your class:
#1 – Make it relevant
Struggling to get your class to connect with poetry? You probably need to bring poems into their frame of reference.
Links to chart-topping song lyrics, for example, or poetry tweets (yes, really!) are sure to make your lessons more fun for your students, who, let’s be honest, might not be all that taken with Shakespeare or Lord Byron .
#2 – Make it fun
Poetry can be difficult for some students to get their heads around. But if they’re having fun and actually enjoying your lesson, they’ll be far more likely to understand what you’re teaching them.
Try to teach poetry with as much interactivity and enjoyment as you can. Use videos, songs, and energizing activities (scroll down for some examples) — but whatever you do, make it fun!
#3 – Make it creative
When teaching poetry, creativity is everything .
After all, students learn best by doing, and poetry is no exception.
So get creative and ask your class to write their own poems. It’ll boost their understanding of the genre, as well as their creative writing skills in general. Need to take it up a level? Get them to write and perform a rap — that’s modern-day poetry at its most engaging!
#4 – Make it clear
There’s a lot of nuance and specificity that goes into poetry, much of which could easily confuse even the most involved of students..
And that’s why it’s so important to be clear on the details.
Help your students understand their rhymes from their rhythm, and they’ll be one step ahead!
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Now you know the core principles that should underpin your poetry lesson plans, let’s go ahead and explore some of the best poetry activities, games, and worksheets to help you teach the topic the best you can.
#1 – The ultimate poetry breakdown
Here at KidsKonnect, we’re experts in helping you craft the best lesson plan possible. And we’ve got just the thing to get your poetry class off to a flying start.
Our comprehensive, ready-to-use poetry bundle includes five worksheets that are ideal for both teaching and testing your students’ understanding of all things poetry.
From stanzas to syllabic structures, these worksheets expertly simplify the anatomy of a poem, while simultaneously teaching students how poems can be used to express both ideas and emotions.
Start your lesson with this worksheet, and your class will be ready for all that’s ahead. You can download it for free, too, by joining our site and clicking here .
#2 – Teach the greats
After introducing your class to the fundamentals of poetry, it’s time to show them all they’ve learned in action. To do this, why not move onto some extra worksheets that break down the poetry of the greats?
We’ve got worksheets on historical figures like Homer (the man known for writing Europe’s first literature), Lord Byron (great for using poetry to write descriptively) and Maya Angelou , the world’s most prolific civil rights poet.
Each of these worksheets provide fun poetry activities that’ll help your students to both understand the history of the genre as well as all that makes a poem great.
#3 – Rhyming couplets quiz
Now, with the hard work out of the way… who’s for a quiz?
Simply put a word on the screen, and wait for your class to match it with a rhyme.
Listen to every student’s idea and reward the one you think is best.
This is a great way of slowly encouraging your class to come up with instant rhymes, before asking them to write their own rhyming couplets independently… which we’ll move onto next.
#4 – Pass the rhyme!
To make your poetry lessons extra fun, ask your students to write their own rhymes onto a little piece of paper, scrunch it up and pass it around the room.
Whenever someone stumbles across a rhyme they think is great, ask them to raise their hand and share it with the class.
This is a great way to both boost the creativity of your students and remove the pressure of writing a ‘good’ rhyme, since all notes will be anonymous.
Sometimes kids can get too in their heads about what their peers might think, especially when it comes to getting creative. But help them through this and you might be surprised by the results.
#5 – Pop star-inspired poetry
When it comes to a group of middle schoolers, you can’t get more relevant than pop stars. So use that to your advantage, and make poetry cool again!
Using our worksheets on artists like Beyonce , Ariana Grande and One Direction , ask your students to think about who their favorite artists are and talk to them about how their lyrics are great examples of poetry.
Then get your class to write their own pop star-inspired poems.
Whether it’s by writing a poem using lyrics from a song, or writing a poem in the same tone as their favorite artist — pop-star inspired poems are a great way of engaging your middle schoolers with all things poetry.
Your students are poets… help them to know it!
As is often the case with the English Language, teaching poetry to middle schoolers requires a little lateral thinking and forward planning.
Consider how you can make poetry feel relevant to this age group, engage them in fun activities to flex their poetry writing skills and reward them for getting out of their comfort zone.
Sounds like a fun class to us!
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