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6 Poem Types & Free Activity

Poem Types & Free Activity from Teacher Created Resources

Poetry is a special type of writing that is usually written in verse. By discovering the uniqueness of each type of poem, students can better appreciate and comprehend what they read and write. Help your students practice writing and sharpen their creativity skills by trying out these 6 poem types in the classroom.


A Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, usually about nature. The first line has five syllables, the second line has several syllables, and the third line has five. Here is an example of a haiku:

When you write haiku-5 syllables
Remember, freeze a moment,-7 syllables
Let it live in words-5 syllables


A limerick is a five-line poem with a rhyme scheme of a-a-b-b-a. Some think that the limerick began in Limerick, Ireland. Others are certain that Shakespeare originated the limerick. However it began, the limerick always has a humorous tone. Limericks became very popular when Edward Lear wrote two books, The Book of Nonsense and More Nonsense. You can tap your foot while you read a limerick and notice the beat. Lear writes limericks in the older form, which uses the same word at the end of the first and the last lines. Here is an example of a limerick by Edward Lear:

A flea and a fly in a flue
Were imprisoned, so what could they do?
Said the flea, “Let us fly!”
Said the fly, “Let us flee!”
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.


A cinquain is a structured, five line poem. It always follows this pattern:
Line one-A one word title (noun)
Line two-Two words that describe the title (adjectives)
Line three-Three words that show the action of the title (verbs)
Line four-Four words that express a feeling about the title (phrase)
Line five-One word that is another word for the title (synonym)
Here is an example of a cinquain:

Round, Soft
Humming, Baking, Loving
Her lap’s for me


A clerihew is a short, usually humorous, and light poem about a famous person whose name makes up the first line. It was invented by Edmund Clerihew. The form for this poem is two couplets (four lines with the rhyme scheme of a-a-b-b). Here is an example of a clerihew:

Sir James Jeans
Always says what he means;
He is really perfectly serious
About the Universe being Mysterious

Animal Poem

Pick an animal to write a poem about and think of words that rhyme. Start by writing a list of words that rhyme with your animal. Here is an example of an animal poem:

My cat is fat
And sat on my hat
It’s flat!

Roses-are Red Greeting Poem

Write your own version of the classic poem, Roses are red, violets are blue. You can make a poem greeting card by writing your own variation of this poem for someone you love.

Free Poem Activity 2331 Teacher Created Resources

Rose are red,  
Violets are blue,
Believe it or not,
I made this for you!




Want to create a Valentine’s Day poem for someone special? Download the free Roses-are-Red Poem Greeting Card activity from the Free Monthly Activities Page.


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Formative Assessment Based on Marzano Scales

Formative Assessment using Marzano Scales - Teacher Created Resources

Formative Assessment is critical for teachers to understand the areas their students comprehend, and the areas that need more work. It also helps students have a clear idea of learning goals. I use the Marzano Scales to check for understanding in my classroom. I decided this year that I was going to use the Marzano Scales predominately to access my students’ understanding of the weekly phonics skills.

Up until I had these Polka Dot Magetic Labels, I did frequent heart checks with my students. I would tell my students the learning goal for the week and articulate the specific target goals for each score. Then, my students would hold up 1, 2, 3, or 4 fingers to show their understanding. I created a “Showing my Understanding” anchor chart.

Marzano Scales

1 meant “I am just starting to learn this and I don’t understand it yet.”
2 meant “I am beginning to understand, but I still need a little help.”
3 meant “I understand this well and I can do it on my own.”
4 meant “I understand this so well, that I can teach it to others.”

Formative Assessment using Marzano Scale - Teacher Created Resources

This was working well, but once I saw these magnetic labels, I knew they would make the perfect formative assessment tool for monitoring learning goals and showing my students’ understanding. I paired the magnetic labels with my anchor charts and wrote a phonics goal on the whiteboard each week.

I labeled each magnet with my students’ names. After I articulate each target goal, my students place their magnet under the score that best describes their understanding ability at that moment in time. My target goals are very specific to the skill being taught, so my students know exactly where they score.

I love how the magnetic labels and anchor chart is very accessible to the children, as it allows them to move their magnet when they feel they are ready to move to the next score. The children enjoy being in charge of their learning and monitoring themselves as the week goes on. This display makes it very easy for me to help me monitor formative assessment, track my students’ progress, give extra help, if needed, and celebrate success.

Lori is the author of Teaching with Love and Laughter Blog. To see more creative learning ideas, visit Teaching with Love and Laughter. If you are looking for more formative assessment ideas, check out our formative assessment resources here.

100th Day of School Hat

100th day of school hat 1

The 100th day of school is coming up for many teachers and students. There are so many fun ways to celebrate. This 100th day of school hat project is a great idea for showing your students just how special they are and also reinforces counting and math skills.

100th Day of School Hat


  • 11 strips of paper (approx.  1″ x 11″). Note: 10 strips will be for the top of the hat, and 1 strip will go around the border trim.
  • 2″ wide strip of border trim  (for headband)
  • Art supplies such as stickers, beans, small pompoms or sequins, etc.
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Tape

100th Day of School Hat Directions:

  1. Fit the border trim to each student’s head and trim. Do not staple the headband together until the end.
  2. Use a paper strip to write “I am 100 Days Smarter!” Glue or staple the paper strip to the center of the border trim. Let dry.
  3. On each paper strip, put 10 small stickers or glue other small items on each strip. Try to leave an inch at both ends of the strip.  This will make it easier to attach the strips to the headband.  (Note: Making the 10 strips can be done over a period of days.)
  4. Tape the completed strips to the border trim.
  5. Have the students count the strips on the hat by tens to make sure there are 100 items!
  6. Glue the top of all 10 strips together.
  7. Celebrate the first 100 days of school!

Border trim used in photos is Fireworks Straight Border Trim

Find more 100th Day of School resources here.

Winter Bulletin Board: Smitten with Winter Words

Smitten With Winter Words

Looking for a way to reboot and kick start learning after winter break? Welcome your students back to class with a fun winter-themed “Smitten with Winter Words” Bulletin Board. This board isn’t just for looks, it’s a winter-themed word wall so students can practice vocabulary words.

Here are the decorative items we used to create this bulletin board:

Aqua Chevron Border
Multicolor Stripe Ribbon Runner 
Black Mini Polka Dots Scalloped Border Trim
Mittens Accents
Snowflakes Accents
Big Bold Black & White Circle Letters
5″ Bling Letters with Jewels
Aqua Chevron Name Plates
Black Polka Dots Name Plates (flat)


  1. Use white bulletin board paper as the background.
  2. The sides of the bulletin board will be trimmed with three layers of border to really tie in all the winter colors. First, staple the Aqua Chevron Border Trim around the edges. Then use the purple side of the Multicolor Stripe Ribbon Runner just so it peeks out a little from the Aqua border, then add the Black Mini Polka Dots Scalloped Border Trim as the inside layer.
  3. Add seven Mitten Accents to the top of the board. Then add the word “Smitten” on top of the Mitten Accents using 5″ Bling Letters with Jewels. Add the words “with Winter Words”.
  4. Add Snowflake Accents to the bottom half of the bulletin board, leaving about 15” of space between each snowflake in order to make space for the word name plates.
  5. Choose which Circle Letters you will be using for your winter vocabulary words and staple them to the center of the Snowflake Accents.
  6. Write vocabulary words on the Name Plates that correspond to each letter and add them to the bulletin board
  7. Add a couple more Snowflake Accents around the inside corners of the bulletin board and around the top.

Switch out the Circle Letters and Name Plates to create new winter vocabulary words every week. Another variation to this word wall is that you could put up new letters each week, and have the students come up with a winter word that corresponds to each letter.