If you teach language arts you’ve probably come across this little poem once or twice. It’s called a diamante, and it can be used to compare/contrast, use synonyms and antonyms, and several other concepts I have yet to discover.
I choose this usually as a Thursday/Friday activity and a way to either get artwork on the wall and review a concept at the same time. Usually I work with participles since students usually are familiar with the idea of an “ing” verb, but not familiar with the terminology.
Read, Write, Think has a great technological and printable resources for this poem (this links to a template since the tech resource has a printable example). I put my examples from students below. I usually tweak the template to include 4 topic related nouns in the middle because the four word phase seems a bit difficult.