Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to add a bit of fun to the classroom (or homeschool in our case!). I have put together some Thanksgiving acrostic poem templates for you to enjoy.
We always have so much fun playing with acrostic poems, they are perfect for kids of any age too!
Three of these acrostic poem templates spell out Thankful and one spells out Grateful, but you don’t need to just write a Thanksgiving poem!
These Thanksgiving activities for kids are perfect for the classroom in November.
Let the kids get creative and write about whatever they want. It is amazing how much they are willing to write when they can choose the subject!
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Why do we love Acrostic Poems?
The reason we love acrostic poems so much is that they are easy!
For younger kids, acrostic poems offer a great entry point to the world of creative writing.
We first introduced them when my son was about 8 years old and they have been something that we have continued with over the years. Mainly as they can be funny!
How to use acrostic poem templates?
This acrostic poem template is free to print but is for personal use or classroom use only. Scroll to the end of the post to get the pdf file.
Print out our Thanksgiving acrostic poem templates below. There are four different templates to print out 3 with the word THANKFUL and 1 with the word GRATEFUL.
The templates can also be colored in when the children finish writing their acrostic poem.
The children need to write a poem with each line starting with the capital letter that spells out the poem’s theme vertically.
They do not need to rhyme, but children should use alliteration, rhythm, and similies to make it the best they can.
Famous Examples of Acrostic Poems
Edgar Allan Poe wrote probably the most famous acrostic poem spelling ELIZABETH:
Elizabeth it is in vain you say
“Love not” — thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
Zantippe’s talents had enforced so well:
Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
Breath it less gently forth — and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
To cure his love — was cured of all beside —
His follie — pride — and passion — for he died.
Now, of course, you shouldn’t expect your children to write like this! However, this is a great example of how amazing one can be.
Your child’s acrostic poem can just be one word, although try and get them to write as much as necessary for their age group.
Thanksgiving Words to Help With the Acrostic Poems
As I know finding words within a theme can be hard, I have given a few helpers below:
T – Table, Thanks, Thursday, Tradition
H – Ham, Happy, Harvest
A – Acorn, America, Apple
N – Napkin, Native, November
K – Kids, Kitchen, Kindness
F – Family, Feast, Friends
U – Unable (to eat anymore)
L – Leaf, Leftovers
G – Gathering, Give thanks, Gobble, Gratitude
R – Recipe, Roast, Religion, Rolls
A – Apple pie, Autumn, Apple Pie
T – Together, Turkey, Travel
E – Eat, Entertain, Embrace
F – Football, Fall, Foliage
U – Uncooked
L – Leaves, Linen
Poetry Books For Kids
Acrostic poems are a great way to get the kids to enjoy poetry but don’t stop there. These kids’ poetry books will continue their love of poetry:
Write Your Own Haiku for Kids: Write Poetry in the Japanese Tradition – Easy Step-by-Step Instructions to Compose Simple Poems.
We also love mad libs and this Thanksgiving mad libs book does not disappoint.
Thanksgiving activities for kids
Have even more fun this November with some of our favorite Thanksgiving printables:
- Thanksgiving poetry for kids
- Thanksgiving scavenger hunt
- Free Thanksgiving bookmarks to color
- Free printable Thanksgiving coloring pages
- Copycat Thanksgiving scattergories
Download the Thanksgiving Acrostic Poem free printables
Last Updated on 6 September 2023 by homeschoolof1