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An Educational (and Meaningful) Holiday Gift for Families

It’s that time of year when teachers start digging in their files for a holiday gift that students can make for their families.  I’ve tried a lot of them – hand painted wrapping paper, snowmen made from socks, popsicle stick picture frames, and All. The. Glitter.  After two consecutive years of crafting flops (and even a year when the clay ornaments broke before getting home!), I decided to transform our winter poetry unit into a book that could be gifted to families. 

This Winter Poetry Unit is set up for teacher (and student) success.  I like to teach this over a two-week span in December, so that there is plenty of time for everyone to get done.  Eight poems are included, but you can pick and choose the ones that work for your kids or your timeline. 

Poems included are:

  1. Autobiographical 
  2. Acrostic
  3. Couplet
  4. Cinquain
  5. Diamante
  6. Haiku
  7. Limerick
  8. Triplet


  • The Unit begins with two planning pages so that students can start brainstorming winter themes and rhyming words. 
  • Each poem has both an example and a step-by-step drafting page. 
  • Editing checklists are provided for each type of poem, so students can check their work when done. 
  • Finally, each poem is published on a corresponding publishing page.
  • When complete, each student has a winter themed poetry book to give to their family!

And the best part?  No glitter.  But feel free to add some … if you’re into that sort of thing 🙂  

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