|Subject:||Arts & Humanites, Technology|
|Grade:||3-5, 6-8, 9-12|
Students create poems in the shape of a Christmas tree. The poems tell how they will spread joy this holiday season.
Students think about ways -- big and small -- in which they can spread joy during the holiday season. Students create poems in the shape of a Christmas tree.
Optional: Students learn to use formatting commands in word processing programs to center text.
Christmas, character, poem, tree, word processing
Optional: word processing software
Start the activity with a discussion, as a class or in small groups, about ways students might show kindness to others during the holiday season -- or any time of year. Students will then create poems in the shape of a Christmas tree to express ways to spread joy during the holiday season. If the students have access to word processing software, that software can make this activity more fun -- and educational. All they need to do is input their poems into the word processing program. Students can set up the poems so that the first line is the shortest one, the top of the Christmas tree. Then each line of the poem grows successively longer, forming the body of the tree, until the last three lines, which are short. See the sample below.
Then students can use the word processing program to highlight the poem text and center it on the page. In Microsoft Word, that is accomplished by
Students share their Christmas-tree-shaped poems with their classmates.
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