Thanksgiving Acrostic Poem Templates (4 free printables)

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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.


Why not teach the children The Thanksgiving story at the same?

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


You can also enjoy our free Christmas acrostic poem templates too!

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:

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl, we are huge fans of all his books including this one. Check out the best ways to celebrate all things, Roald Dahl, on Roald Dahl Day in September.

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry is a stunning collection of poems celebrating the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

A Child’s Introduction to Poetry introduces young readers to the enchanting world of poetry through a playful and educational exploration.

Write Your Own Haiku for Kids provides step-by-step instructions to help children compose their own simple yet captivating poems in the Japanese haiku tradition.

Have fun with Thanksgiving poetry for kids too!

Thanksgiving activities for kids

Have even more fun this November with some of our favorite Thanksgiving printables:

  1. Embark on a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt with clues and challenges that lead you on an exciting quest to discover holiday-themed treasures and surprises.
  2. These free Thanksgiving bookmarks to color are a great way for kids to add their own artistic touches to their reading materials, making them extra special.
  3. Enjoy quality family time with free printable Thanksgiving coloring pages, featuring images of turkeys, pumpkins, and more, for little artists to bring to life.
  4. Get the whole family involved in a Thanksgiving scattergories game. Where quick thinking creates laughter and friendly competition around the dinner table.

Tips for downloading the free files

Below you will see a large sign-up box where you need to add your name and email address, and press I NEED THIS NOW!

Within minutes you will be sent the free PDF directly to your email address, so you can print it out and start using it immediately.

Sometimes emails get a little wonky, so if you can’t see it, please check your spam folder where I am sure it is hiding.

Download the Thanksgiving Acrostic Poem free printables

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 25 November 2023 by Clare Brown


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