April is National Poetry Month! So, get your classrooms and homeschools fired up about poetry with haikus (which I consider a “gateway” poem). Haikus, unlike many forms of poetry, are simple in structure and form, and are easy for kids to adapt with limited language. My first and second graders really enjoyed writing their haikus during our poetry unit in April, and I even extended this lesson to meet the needs of my junior high ELA kids. I think ALL grade levels benefit from learning the art of writing haikus.
A few tidbits about haikus to share with your students:
- Haikus do not rhyme.
- Haikus have three lines that follows the pattern (1st line=5 syllables, 2nd line =7 syllables, 3 line = 5 syllables)
- Haikus are typically about the nature and seasons.
- Incorporating the 5 senses is key for good imagery.
Haiku Lesson Ideas
We’ve included a free template with this lesson.
You can download the haiku raindrop template here.
If you need more spring poetry fun and literacy centers…this Spring Poem of the Week pack has got your covered for 10 weeks!
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Enjoy you haikus,