Activity:

Autumn Cinquain

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What You Need: 

  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil

 

What You Do:

  1. Have your young learner start by brainstorming autumn words. Possibilities include: acorns, apples, colorful, fallen, harvest, leaves, migration, pumpkins, rake, ripe, scarecrow, season, Thanksgiving, and turkey.
  2. Take a look at her word list. Do her words group into one or two themes? Maybe she has a lot of words about apple picking or going to the pumpkin patch. She might have focused on raking leaves or football. When your child has picked out a theme, it is time to write. 
  3. Have her start with a two-syllable word or two one syllable words that set the tone for the poem. If she has chosen the word apples, her first line might be “bright red.” Or maybe she is writing about a hay ride but wants to pick a word that’s a little surprising, a word that doesn’t seem like a first choice for autumn – “tractor.” Work through the poem line by line using this simpler syllable count:

    Line 1: 2 syllables

    Line 2: 3 syllables

    Line 3: 4 syllables

    Line 4: 5 syllables

    Line 5: 2 syllables

  4. When she has roughed out her poem, read it aloud, clapping out the syllables. Are all of the counts correct? No cheating! If a count is wrong, come up with a new word combination that works. Does this poem paint a strong sensory picture? If not, make some changes. Remember that a big part of writing is rewriting. The people who write the books that your children read rewrite them many times until every word is just right.

When the poem is finished, write it out and decorate it to display for the whole family to enjoy.

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