Top 20 Poetry Activities & Printables

View the top 20 poetry activities, including those from our printable book "Poetry Activities & Prompts (K-5)," with this slideshow. Students will learn about alliteration, couplets, haikus, limericks, acrostic poems, and much more. Elementary students will enjoy these activities and find out that poetry is nothing to fear!
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Updated on: August 22, 2008
Students write a poem about eating, using the words provided.
In this printable computer activity, students learn about different types of poetry. They practice their word processing skills as they type and illustrate their own poems.
In this computer activity, students review acrostic poems and compose their own poem on a PowerPoint slide. Then, they illustrate their work with clip art, WordArt, or digital images.
Students practice writing poetry using words related to the senses.
In this computer activity, students read and discuss a poem, imagining what the world would be like if they were in charge. They practice their word processing skills while writing and typing their own poems.
Students become familiar with the different types of poetry.
In this word processing activity, students learn about cinquains and write their own cinquain. Then they illustrate their work with mosaics.
Students recite a poem as a way to practice oral speaking.
Encourage creativity with this Curious George poetry activity. Children read an acrostic poem, then write their own using the letters in their first name.
Use this poem to teach students about caring.
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