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Language Arts Lessons with Acrostics

Updated on June 11, 2015

Fun With Letters and Words

Every teacher knows that adding a game or puzzle to a lesson makes it more fun. When children are having fun, they are more motivated to learn. Acrostics are word games that can be used with almost any homeschool lesson to add some variety and encourage critical thinking. Create an acrostic today. Hang it on the wall as a poster or put it into your notebook. (photo credit)

How to Make an Acrostic

An acrostic is a column of words whose first letters spell another word, usually a word that unifies all the other words in meaning. The words may create a sentence or be a list of descriptors or verbs. But they always relate to each other by the one word that they create.

Acrostic Example

L ight

A mplifies

M inute

P ieces

You might use a lamp to help you locate a small piece of something. So the words, "Light amplifies minute pieces" is related to the word lamp.

Read Write Think has a free online acrostic tool that is very fun and easy to use. When you are finished, you can print, save, or email your acrostic.

Another Practical Example

When my daughter studied ancient Egypt, I had her create an acrostic for one of her wrap-up narration activities. She could choose from anything we had studied about Egypt -- mythology, art, pharaohs, culture, geography, etc.

She used the words ANCIENT EGYPT as the base of her acrostic. From there, she brainstormed words related to Ancient Egypt that contained those letters.

As you can see from the photos, she changed the acrostic somewhat. Instead of beginning every word with the letters A-N-C-I-E-N-T-E-G-Y-P-T, she chose words that contained those letters. Her acrostic turned out something like a crossword puzzle. That's okay. It's a modified acrostic, and it is still a good exercise in word play.

It's Not all Play

Word games stimulate creativity and develop vocabulary.

Ways to Use Acrostics in Your Homeschool Lessons

Acrostics are just another tool in your teaching toolkit. When things get boring, suggest creating an acrostic. They work for most any topic of study and will provide some variety to your homeschool schedule.

Here are some ideas for when to use acrostics.

  1. Narrate a lesson or unit study.

  2. Create acrostic poems for language arts.

  3. Practice spelling words.

  4. Define your vocabulary words.

Word Play Cafe

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Word Play Cafe: Cool Codes, Priceless Punzles & Phantastic Phonetec Phun (Williamson Kids Can! Series)

This is a book we own and love. It's silly and often "punny" but full of ways to play with words. Amazingly, the author has uploaded the entire book online for free!


Acrostic Printables

These free printables and downloads will help you integrate an acrostic activity into today's homeschool lesson.


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      Didge 5 years ago

      Keep creating those lenses Jimmie!