Poetic Teapot Card

Poetic Teapot Card lesson plan

What is almost as comforting as a hug? Why a mug of tea, of course! Create this lovely teapot, add an acrostic and a tea bag, and you have a loving gift for someone special.

  • 1.

    Open a discussion with students focused on people that have been a significant part of their lives. With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, students list the contributions of parents, or other loved ones, make in their lives.

  • 2.

    Fold a large sheet of white construction paper in half and place the fold at the top. With colored pencils, outline a large teapot so the top of the lid fits along the fold. Cut out the teapot with Crayola Scissors, remembering not to cut the edge of the lid that is on the fold.

  • 3.

    Students slightly fold their cards and make a slit in the middle of the teapot. Cut it wide enough to put in a teabag. Decorate the front of the teapot using Crayola Washable Markers and Crayola Glitter Glue.

  • 4.

    Using the contribution list that written earlier, students compose an acrostic poem using the letters of MOTHER, FATHER, the recipient's first name, or some other fitting word. Rewrite the poem on the inside of the card. Decorate around the poem.

  • 5.

    Post student teapots/acrostic poems for classmates to share.

Standards

  • LA: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • LA: Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: The Night Before Mother's Day by Natasha Wing; I Love My Daddy by Sebastian Braun; Veterans Day by Jacqueline S. Cotton
  • In place of the teapot, or as an addition to it, students write original acrostic poems about themselves using their first names. The focus of these poems should be dual: the child and the adult or admired person they are writing the piece for.
  • Working in small groups, students make a candy jar and fill it with paper candy pieces. Independently, students write what or who they are grateful for and why. Each day, have a student pull a candy piece from the jar and read what a classmate is grateful for.