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Friendly Poetry

Language Arts Activity

In this activity children will compile a list of the things they look for in a friend and use that information to create a simple poem. Using a familiar topic may make poetry a little less daunting for some children.


  • Pencils and paper
  • Crayons, markers, or colored pencils


  1. On the chalkboard, brainstorm with children a list of characteristics that make a good friend. Then explain that these characteristics will be used to create a free-form class poem. You may want to write the following sample poem on the board to get the class started:

    			 Good Friends
    			A good friend
    			Plays with you, 
    			Laughs with you,
    			Shares with you,
    			Talks with you,
    			Listens to you,
    			And NEVER, 
    			Tells your secrets
    			To anyone.

  2. Have children create their free-form class poem using some of the characteristics from the brainstorming list. Encourage children to illustrate their poems.


  • Display poems in a special section of your school or classroom and invite others to come and enjoy them.

  • Set aside time for a class poetry reading where children can share their individual poems with one another, invited parents, and/or another class in your school.

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