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Holiday Poems

Students will write an acrostic poem from the name of a winter holiday: "Christmas," "Kwanzaa," or "Hanukkah." This is a fun way to celebrate holidays students already enjoy, plus a good method for introducing students to December holidays with which they may not be as familiar.
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Objectives

  • Students will create a holiday poem.

Materials

  • Paper, pencil

Procedures

  1. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa. Print these words vertically on the chalkboard.

  2. Have students work with a study buddy to create a greeting, a sentence, or a poem using the first letter as the beginning of the phrase. (Note: Hanukkah can also be spelled as Hanukah, Hanukka, or Chanukkah.)
  3. Have holiday books handy so that students can locate words in them. For example:

    Cheery greetings,
    Holiday ribbons,
    Real mistletoe,
    Ice and snow.
    Santa is coming
    Trumpets sounding.
    Merry days
    Almost here.
    Shouts of joy!

    Kids are all dressed up.
    We are sharing
    And making promises.
    Now is a good day.
    Zap! goes the match
    And another candle glows.
    All is well for we are together.

    Happy faces
    All the family is here.
    Now is the time to light the candle.
    Uncle Carl is humming
    Kisses and hugs, and good food
    All is right!
    Hearts are glad!
     


Excerpted from Let's Read.