Pumpkin Acrostic Poems: The month of October is a fun time to introduce some poetry writing activities into your language arts lessons.
For this Halloween poetry lesson, students write an acrostic poem with the letters that form the word "P.U.M.P.K.I.N."
Students cut out the pumpkin templates along the thick borders, and then they have unique pumpkin shaped Halloween poems.
These finished pumpkin acrostic poems will make a colorful bulletin board display of your students' work during the month of October.
This set of Halloween poems includes:
Everything that you need to complete this Halloween poetry assignment is included in this set of teaching resources. All that you will need is scissors and coloring pencils.
For creative writing assignments, I believe that it is important for students to go through the steps of the writing process.
For this reason, my students never begin writing their Halloween poems on their final draft pumpkin templates, instead they write on first draft worksheets. Then, they edit and revise their poems on their own, with a partner, or in individual writing conferences with me.
Below is an example of the first draft worksheet that is included in this set of Halloween teaching resources.
After students have edited and revised the first drafts of their pumpkin poems, you should give them their final draft pumpkin templates.
The pumpkin templates measures 7 inches in length and 7.5 inches in width.
These pumpkin templates have thick border lines, so it is easy for the students to cut out their pumpkin templates themselves.
As I am introducing this poetry assignment to my students, I like to begin by sharing my pumpkin poem with my students.
At the front of my classroom, I display an example of what the final draft pumpkin templates look like. By providing a visual example at the very beginning of this lesson activity, my students know what their Halloween poems will look like when they have completed their final drafts.
For final draft poetry assignments, when I give my students fun templates to write on, I have found that they tend to use their best effort, and they are more careful to not make careless spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.
I have included a color pumpkin template for you to use as a visual example to share with your students.
I know that it takes teachers a lot of valuable time to assemble their bulletin board displays. Many teachers spend hours of time cutting out large display letters or making a banner at home on their computers.
This time is valuable and better spent on developing your classroom curriculum, so I have included a matching 5 page banner for your Halloween poetry bulletin board display.
If you have access to a laminating machine, you can laminate your banner so that it is durable and you can use it year after year for bulletin board displays of these Halloween P.U.M.P.K.I.N. Acrostic Poems.
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