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Haiku is a "snapshot" of words, often related to nature or seasons. This poetry may not rhyme, but briefly captures a moment in time.
Students read haiku poetry orally in books such as "Haiku Picturebook for Children" by Keisuke Nishimot. This book includes classic haiku poems written by Japan's most famous writers. Also read "Spring: A Haiku Story" by George Shannon. Discuss how the beautiful illustrations enhance the poetry. Ask students what they notice about the poems?
What is a syllable? Students count the syllables in a few of the haiku poems they read. Haiku contains just 17 syllables, in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. The poems are usually about nature or seasons.
In small groups, students brainstorm what nature or seasonal topic they could write a haiku about. Think small--one bird, not a flock, or one snowflake falling, not a snowstorm. Students write a haiku on a white board with Crayola Dry-Erase Markers. Count the syllables! If there are too many, just erase and change the words!
Give the haiku a title. Add a simple picture to illustrate it. Circle the nature word or phrase in the poem. Students share their poetry with the class!
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