After reading Don’t Squash That Bug! and learning about insects through other books and activities, students can share their knowledge of insects by writing an acrostic poem. For each letter of the alphabet, students write a fact that they learned about insects. For instance, for the letter A, students could write something like “Ants live in colonies” or “Apples are a food that mealworms eat.”
Students will need to get creative for letters such as Q, X, and Z. Allow students to look through the dictionary for different words they can use to create a fact on insects. If they are having a hard time, they can use the letter as the second letter in the word, such as using an “ex-” word for X.
Instead of the alphabet, you can also have students create acrostic poems with the letters of their first and last names or create an acrostic poem about an insect using the letters of that insect’s name.
To see an example of what a second grader created, click here for PDF.