I use writing poetry as a method of developing vocabulary with upper elementary students. Writing poetry fits well in between longer writing assignments. I find reluctant writers are willing to tackle poetry. I also find it a good way to introduce tools like a dictionary and a thesaurus.
Included in this packet are directions for six poetry forms, three pages of Synonym Word Cards and three pages of Antonym Word Cards. I have recently added an organizer for exploring new words.
The word cards can be used as matching activities or can be a jumping off point for one of the poems.
I hope you enjoy these activities with your students.