To begin a summer acrostic, brainstorm with students words associated with summer. This is a good Mind Mapping activity. Start with "summer" and branch off from there. Ask questions like, "What do you like to do in the summer?" or "Where do you go in the summer?" With older students, you might even ask them to research summer activities from the past, such as open fire hydrants in the city or Fourth of July festivals.
For older students: once you have you have a sufficient list of words, ask the students to choose one for their acrostic, have them write it lengthwise down the paper. Then, on a separate sheet, have them make a list of all the words they can think of that describe that word. For instance, the word "beach" can be described by the words: hot, salty, sandy, wet, dry, stormy, etc. Finally, have them write a line or word for every letter in their acrostic. Click here for an example.
For younger students: provide the class with a sheet on which a summer word has already been written lengthwise down the page with lines for creating the poem. Click here for an example.
Once students have completed their poems, they can then draw a picture to go along with what they wrote.