Poems Have Shapes, Too!

Mathematics

Students will explore the world of geometric shapes by writing poetry.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Ask students to name geometric shapes. Have volunteers draw the shapes on the board.
  2. Have students look in the classroom for items that have those shapes.
  3. Explain to students that they will be creating original diamante poems about the shapes. Write this diamante poem on the board:

    Circles
    Round, complete
    Rolling, holding, finishing
    Orbits, pizza, seasons, merry-go-rounds
    Thinking, running, looping
    Circular, circuitous
    Circles

  4. Ask students if they can figure out the pattern in the diamante poem. Write the complete pattern on the board:

    Line 1: subject (noun)
    Line 2: two adjectives that describe the subject
    Line 3: three participles (verbs ending with “-ing”) that describe the subject
    Line 4: four nouns related to the subject
    Line 5: three participles (verbs ending with “-ing”) that describe the subject
    Line 6: two adjectives that describe the subject
    Line 7: noun

  5. Distribute copies of the Diamante Poetry worksheet. Have each student select one geometric shape and, using the template, create his or her own poem.
  6. When the students have finished, invite them to share their work by reading their poems out loud or displaying them around the room.

Teaching Options

Internet Resources

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