Shape Poems for Kids
the classroom by providing a new, innovative way to teach
students poetry in the classroom. This resource, part of our larger
teacher resources program, is a tool developed by My Word Wizard that
into their lesson plans to teach poetry to kids.
Learning poetry at an
early age can be beneficial to a
child's development. These poems can be used as a starting
point for students by putting a creative spin on poetry. Try
teaching some of the ideas presented below and
then have your students submit their own work to be shown on
My Word Wizard!
A shape poem is a good
way to teach poetry to students. To write a shape
poem, choose any
noun with an interesting shape and write a short, one-sentence poem
using alliteration in the shape of that object.
Alliteration repeats a consonant over and over (e.g. 'Betty
bought some butter but the butter was bitter'). Kids love
alliteration and the way it sounds. Shape poems can be used
poetry game to kickoff a poetry unit in the classroom. Children may
even be willing to
share their shape poems with other students in the class!
Have your students write their own Shape Poem using
alliteration. Our recommendations for shapes are: a rugby
ball, a snake, a flower, a ghost, a star, a banana, a pair of
glasses. Remind them to make sure their shape poem is written
in the shape of the object!