Acrostic Poems

Like Haikus, Acrostic poems are super simple for children to do and fun for them because the ideas are endless!

Any Theme!

They go great with ANY theme!  If you are focusing on a particular Science, History, Geography or Math lesson, take a break and let the kids write an Acrostic poem about the topic! 

My post SNOW POETRY includes an Acrostic poem.

Beginning of the School Year

At the beginning of a school year, you can have each student write an acrostic poem using their name!  Taking and hanging a picture of each child next to their poem makes for a great art accent.

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Here are the steps I use to teach this prompt:

  1. Explain to the children that an Acrostic poem is a word written vertically. Each letter of the word is then used to describe the vertical word.

  1. Give each student a piece of paper.  I use this page with a border so it looks nicer.
  2. Have them choose a word that they want to write about.
  3. Have them use markers or ABC stickers* to write their word vertically on the left hand side of their paper.

pigs-acrostic poems


  1. For each letter of the vertical word, write a single word or phrase about the vertical word.

pigs-acrostic poems completed

2.  Second, students can illustrate their acrostic if they’d like.

Check out these examples!

cow-acrostic poems friends-acrostic poems video games-acrostic poems

Print the Lesson

Here’s the full lesson for you to print and use.

Or, write a Father’s Day acrostic poem here.


After writing acrostic poems we play Acrostic Races.

acrostic poems in game form