A poetry unit that encourages students to write an ode to their mothers also provides a sweet gift for Mother’s Day. This blog includes some printable poetry activities for Mother’s Day and ideas to create poetry gifts for moms.
Poetry lessons from Evan-Moor resources
Acrostic Poem: This poetry activity provides examples of acrostic poems and can be applied to a Mother’s Day activity where students spell out “M-o-t-h-e-r” or their mom’s name. From Writing Poetry with Children, grades 1–6
Writing Couplets: This poetry lesson guides students in writing couplets. Students can have fun creating rhyming couplets that describe their mom, such as, “My mother is…” or “My mom’s favorite things are…” From Writing Poetry with Children, grades 1–6
Song to Mothers: This unit presents a free verse poem in English and in Spanish about mothers written by Pat Mora, using metaphor and simile in the description. This poem would be helpful in introducing the poetry unit for Mother’s Day. From Read and Understand Poetry, grades 4–5
Turn your students’ poetry into a gift for Mother’s Day. Here are a few ideas with links to the original sources for more information:
- Laminate poems: Have students write or type poems on white paper, glue the poem on construction paper, then decorate the page and laminate or frame it.
- Add handprints as artwork: For young students, add students’ handprints to the printed poem and laminate or frame the artwork.
- Create a paper-bag poetry book: Make a unique paper-bag poetry book with pockets to hold surprise verses and notes.
Or, simply use construction paper tied with ribbon to bind students’ poems together. Students can create artwork for the cover.
- Make a bookmark: Add students’ couplets or verses to a handmade bookmark, or use the verse in this cute flower bookmark gift for moms.
Please leave a comment to share your Mother’s Day gift suggestions with our readers!
Theresa Wooler has more than 10 years’ experience in K–6 classrooms as a parent volunteer, has taught high school English, and is currently involved in education through Evan-Moor’s marketing communications team.