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The topic I would love to discuss today is a relatively simple one: Haiku poetry. I just introduced my 3rd graders to haikus last week-- and they seemed to enjoy it! In fact, I caught one of them creating more haikus after finishing classwork (which always makes my heart glad).
I love haikus because they are simple-- yet require critical thinking. Just in case you're not familiar, I will show you a few examples! The first is a silly haiku:
But of course, haikus can also be serious and thoughtful:
In case you haven't figured out the format of the haiku-- it's super easy. A haiku is 3 lines long. The first and third line have 5 syllables. The middle line has 7 syllables. A total of 17 syllables. Here is how I used it in my class:
1. Brainstorm topics and words that relate to spring. Have students fill out a graphic organizer for their 5 senses-- I have also included a graphic organizer in my haiku download (at the end of this post).
2. Have students pick 1 topic and write down a few sentences about it (this will help them come up with better haiku sentences and phrases).
3. Introduce the idea of haiku (read a few, show a few on your Smart Board, etc.) Explain the syllables and practice counting them.
4. Pick one topic about spring and work as a class to write a haiku.
5. Let students write their own springtime haikus. I let mine do it on the back of their planning sheets.
6. After the kids finished their writing, I went around and checked the number of syllables and spellings. Then I gave them a copy of the final draft paper (also in my download).
7. I stapled those babies up on my spring themed bulletin board. A fun and easy decoration!
Here is the finished product:
Click HERE to download your FREE haiku planning sheet and final draft templates.
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