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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.
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. What do you notice about the poems?
What is a syllable? Count the syllables in a few of the haiku poems you read. You’ll find that haiku contains just 17 syllables, in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. The poems are usually about nature or seasons.
With a small group or on your own, brainstorm what nature or seasonal topic you could write a haiku about. Think small--one bird, not a flock, or one snowflake falling, not a snowstorm. Write your haiku on a white board with Crayola Dry-Erase Markers. Count the syllables! If you have too many, just erase and change your words!
Give your haiku a title. Add a simple picture to illustrate it. Circle the nature word or phrase in your poem. Share your poetry with your classmates!
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