A great way to help students engage with learning is diamante poems. And although it may seem to be a language arts activity, it can be used across the curriculum to describe concepts or vocabulary words. ReadWriteThink (a fabulous resource for literacy) provides an interactive tool along with an explanation:
Because diamante poems follow a specific format that uses nouns on the first and last lines, adjectives on the second and fourth lines, and gerunds in the third and fifth lines, this tool has numerous word-study applications. The tool provides definitions of the different parts of speech students use in composing the poems, reinforcing the connection between word study and writing. It also includes prompts to write and revise poems, thus reinforcing elements of the writing process. Students can save their draft diamante poems to revise later, and save and print their finished diamante poems.