Kids Creative Chaos: Cinquain Poetry: Fun Adjective and Adverb Video Lessons and Online Activities for Homeschooling

Cinquain Poetry: Fun Adjective and Adverb Video Lessons and Online Activities for Homeschooling


Cinquain Poem Examples for Students

In this online homeschooling lesson, we explore adjectives and adverbs and then use what we've learned to write a Cinquain poem. We found some fun videos and activities to help teach the difference between an adverb and an adjective. Scroll down for examples of Cinquain poetryEnjoy!

Cinquain Poetry: Fun Adjective and Adverb Video Lessons and Online Activities
Cinquain Poem Examples for Students.

What does an Adverb do?

An adverb modifies verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Adverbs answer questions like: How? When? Where?

What does an Adjective do?

An adjective modifies nouns, pronouns, and phrases acting as nouns. Adjectives answer questions like: What kind? How many? Which one?

The adjective and adverb flash card video below is from Maple Leaf Learning. This video is best for preschool and early elementary, though it did help my third and fifth grader remember the difference between an adverb and an adjective.

Now that you are all caught up on adjectives, here is another fun video, which is more appropriate for second to sixth grade.

Here is another video from Grammaropolis. This one is my favorite!

Go old school and learn adverbs and adjectives with this Schoolhouse Rock grammar video.

Now, take what you have learned and use adjectives and adverbs to write a Cinquain. That's just a fancy word for a five line poem. Cinq means five in French.

Arts and Crafts Element

Supplies Needed:

Old Magazines
Construction Paper
Paste or Glue

Cut out adverbs and adjectives from old magazines.
Draw a line down your paper.
Label one side "Adjectives" and the other side "Adverbs".
Paste the words in the proper column.

Use the words to write a Cinquain poem.

Language Arts Element

How to Write a Cinquain

Line 1:  Use one word to describe the subject.
Line 2:  Choose two words to define the subject.
Line 3:  Pick three words to tell what the subject did.
Line 4:  List four words about how it happened.
Line: 5: Choose one word that restates or summarizes the action in your poem.

Math Element

Did you know there is math in poetry? It is better known as rhythm. If you completed all of the steps above, congratulations! You have written a simple Cinquain. Now, you are ready to plug in some more numbers and write a more complex Cinquain.

Rewrite your poem (or write a new one) using the following method. A true Cinquain is made up of a series of syllables.

Line 1: One word = two syllables.
Line 2: Two words = four syllables.
Line 3: Three words = six syllables.
Line 4: Four words = eight syllables.
Line 5: One Word and/or two syllables.

Once you've crafted the perfect poem, get some handwriting paper. Neatly, write your poem in Cinquain form. Decorate the paper to illustrate the actions and ideas in your poem.

Proudly display your poem for all to see!

Here are our examples of Cinquain poetry:

      Black and Festive.
They wanted Mosquitoes.
Finally, they ate Mosquitoes.

Is fishes a word? Yep.We used creative license to get two syllables in our first word. Jake wanted to write a poem about fish. So, he wrote a poem about various species of fish, or fishes to make the Cinquain work.

                 Tiny and Blue.
           Chasing Tiny Critters.
Catches the Fastest, Finest Chicken.
- Mayhem

Recommended Reading:

A Is for Angry: An Animal and Adjective Alphabet*

Poetry Patterns and Themes*

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