Usually, the students write their poem in their best handwriting on the template above. I take a nice picture of each student outside, and they glue everything on a large piece of colored construction paper and add decorations with markers.
This year, the students wrote a rough draft using the template above. I assigned a blank Google Drawings Document through Google Classroom and allowed the students to design their poem however they wanted. See an example of their work below:
I assigned the Google Drawing as a landscape document. Some of the students struggled with fitting the whole poem on the page. Next year, I will assign the project as a portrait so that the students have more room. Even if the student did not fit the poem on the page, their project still turned out great. I think it added a special artistic touch.
For the finished gift, I asked the students to glue their poem along with their picture on a large sheet of colored construction paper and decorate the paper with markers. Yes, I could have allowed the students to insert the picture into the Google Drawings Project and kept the project completely digital. However, I wanted to allow the students to showcase their drawings which added a personal touch. I hope this gift becomes a treasured keepsake for the mothers.