Poetry is a beautiful and unique writing style that every child should have the opportunity to explore.

Here is an ongoing list of different types of poems that can be taught to children of all ages. Some of these poems may be too difficult for young children to fully grasp and produce due to the specific patterns they follow and/or the higher level vocabulary they require. Examples are given for each. You will find that many are bug poems or those that feature items found in nature.

Types of Poems

ABC: A series of words that creates a picture or mood. Each line is made up of a word or phrase and starts with the letter that begins it.

An ant set out on foot one day

Because the colony needed food

Capturing a meal would be difficult

Dare he go alone?

Acrostic: Tells about the word.

Army

Nibbling

Territorial

Social

Alliteration: Repetition of the same or similar words.

Many, marching, mounding the hill, the workers sent to gather and fill.

Free Verse: Can be comprised of rhymed or unrhymed lines. Does not follow a fixed metrical pattern.

Searching for food, the ants go marching,

the journey will be long and dangerous.

The ants work for the livelihood of the colony.

Rhyme: Contains repetition of the same or similar sounds at the end of two or more words most often at the end of lines.

Small and strong,

Black or red,

Ants will go where they can be fed!