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Acrostic Poems – 8 of the best worksheets and resources for KS1/KS2 English

Give young writers a headstart in poetry with these templates, activities and more for penning an acrostic poem...

  • Acrostic Poems – 8 of the best worksheets and resources for KS1/KS2 English

What is an acrostic poem?

An acrostic poem is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word or phrase, which is typically the subject of the poem.

Usually those letters would be bigger or bolder or coloured in some way so you can easily see the word and spot that it is an acrostic poem.

1 | Acrostic poem on friends for KS1

This acrostic poem resource pack includes a worksheet with the letters FRIENDS down the side, a completed ‘Friends’ acrostic poem example and a blank lined page should children want to write a poem about friends without the acrostic structure.

Get it here.

2 | Acrostic poem resource pack

This acrostic poetry resource pack is built on the idea of showing feelings and emotions to create the themes for writing.

It includes acrostic poem template sheets and examples for the words:

  • Happiness
  • Love
  • Fear
  • Luck
  • Anger

Plus you get blank pages (lined and unlined) to create your own acrostic poems, an abstract noun word mat for inspiration, an ideas sheet with poetry prompts and teacher’s notes.

Get all this here.

3 | Blank acrostic poem template

This simple worksheet has short and clear guidelines on what an acrostic poem is, should children need to refresh their memories while they’re working, and then nine empty lines to create their own acrostic poem.

Download or print this sheet here.

4 | Acrostic poem templates

These worksheets are somewhat more rudimentary, but there are a lot of them all in one place.

There are blank templates for three to 10 lines, then there are templates for all sorts of words, from Halloween, Christmas and birthday to boat, ghost, summer and more.

Check them all out here.

5 | Earth acrostic poem

This printable worksheet tasks students with writing an acrostic poem using the word ‘Earth’, all about our planet, and why it’s important to look after it.

There’s also space for children to draw illustrations to accompany their poems.

Download and print here.

6 | Christmas-themed acrostic poems pack

When winter comes, these printable worksheets are perfect, featuring acrostic poems for ‘Snowman’, ‘Santa Claus’, ‘Reindeers’ and ‘Christmas’.

Get them here.

7 | Kindness and Covid-19

This resource from The Week Junior is based on a news story about acts of kindness that have gone on during the coronavirus outbreak.

The download features the article and accompanying activity ideas, one of which is to write a ‘KINDNESS’ acrostic poem.

Similarly, their are acrostic poetry activity ideas in their articles on flooding and climate change and life without electricity.

You can also find the entire range of free Topical Tuesday resources from The Week Junior here.

Or, download the kindness resource here.

8 | Poetry patrol KS1 activity pack

This activity pack was originally created for a poetry competition, but it can still be used in school or at home. And the idea is simply to get pupils aged 5-7 writing.

They can write an acrostic poem, a riddle or a sense poem using the fun, free activities from the Acrostic Croc, Riddlin’ Rabbit or Sensory Skunk, which will ignite their imaginations so they’re ready to create fantastic poetry!

Use the colourful worksheet alongside the optional video and activities to engage and motivate your pupils to plan, draft and write their very own poems.

Download it here.

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