Shape Poem Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students how to write shape poems. Students will read our informational text lesson that explains a shape poem and provides examples, then will follow along with a shared writing with your guidance. Discussion questions, a quiz and hands-on learning make concepts stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and explain a shape poem
  • write a shape poem


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Shape poem

Curriculum Standards


With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.


Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.


  • Engage students with the topic by asking them to think of some of their favorite things, then narrow the list down to three. Have them record in their writing notebooks under a section labeled 'Shape Poems' and share with a partner.
  • Share and record your three favorite things on chart paper labeled 'Shape Poem.'
  • Now tell students they will be learning how to write a shape poem. Ask students what they think this may mean and share ideas.
  • Display or distribute the lesson Shape Poems Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples and read the section 'What Is a Shape Poem?' together.
  • Define 'shape poem' and ask:
    • What are some reasons for writing a shape poem?
    • How are shape poems like other poems? How are they different?
    • How do shape poems allow us to be creative?
  • Read 'Example 1: My Kite' together. After reading the poem, record the 'Remember' tip on chart paper and take a look at the image of the kite poem. Discuss:
    • Why is this a shape poem?
    • What is another way this author may have made this a shape poem?
    • How can we get 'colorful and decorative' with our shape poems?
  • Take a look at the other two examples, recording the 'Remember' tips and discussing how the author made the poems into a shape.
  • Read the 'Challenge Yourself' section and ask students to help you write a shape poem.
  • Work with students to choose one of your three topic ideas on which to focus. Next, brainstorm a short poem with students help, recording on chart paper. Then work cooperatively with students to think of ways to make into a shape, modeling how to come up with ideas and modify them until you have your 'lead.' Finally, sketch the shape on chart paper and have students help you form the final shape poem.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' together and take the quiz with students to check understanding. Reteach if necessary.

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