Fling into Spring with Haiku

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This is a wonderful time of year to introduce Haiku to your little writers!


  •  It is easy!
  • It uses syllables for each line.
  • Makes writing enjoyable.
  • Introduces a poetry form to little writers.
  • It doesn't have to rhyme.
  • Uses a theme, usually on nature. 
  • They are successful!
  • Can extend into an art!

Haiku Poetry is a Japanese form of poetry, which usually uses nature as the  theme.   Haiku involves three lines of poetry.   Each line contains a certain number of syllables.

  • First Line:  Five syllables
  • Second Line:  Seven syllables
  • Third Line: Five Syllables

I used it throughout my teaching career with all grade levels.  It is easy to introduce. 

  Students find it easy, and will adapt to using it, once they learn the sequence.

In  First Grade This is How I Would Teach Haiku.

  •  Review syllables / word parts in words. 

  • Have the students tap out the syllables as they start.

  • Orally, say some sentences, and let them make up their own.  

For example:  

              Spring is butterflies. (5)        

 Spring is filled with birds singing.(7) 
         Spring  flowers smell great.(5)

  •  After practicing orally, give them writing paper to make a sloppy copy/ rough draft. 

  • I would ask them to write a title: spring, birds, rainbows, or another theme.

  • They would then write their first sentence of five syllables.  I would then check it for them.  (Spelling at this point was not important, just the syllables. When we made our final copy, I made sure the words were spelled correctly.)

  • Next, they would write their second line of seven syllables.  I would check this.

  • Third, they would write their last line of five syllables.  I would check this with them.

Now they are  ready to make their final copy.

They might make a picture first, and then write the Haiku poem.  It can be done in any way that suits you.

They make a wonderful display in your classroom or the hall.

Use Haiku All Year Long!

I sometimes used poetic license and let them write a Haiku poem on a theme, such as Mom for Mother's Day!

What age to start?  

Any and all ages! 

 Today my grandchildren were with me, and painted pictures.  I talked about Haiku with them,  and the use of syllables and word parts.

  My grandson, who is in pre-school and is four took off with it.  The rest of the day, he would come up to me with a sentence he could use in a poem.  He enjoyed learning about word parts and syllables.   If he could do it, any age of student can. 

Since I am a doting grandmother, 
here are a few from today.  


My gold sun is round.

The sun is spectacular!

I love the spring sun!


Spring is colorful.

I love to dance in the spring.

Spring is bright and fun!

Using poetic License, my granddaughter wanted to write about her new puppy Baba!


Baba is my dog.

Baba is adorable.

Baba is funny.

My grandson's  rainbow!



Rainbows are pretty.

I love colorful rainbows.

I like blue the best!

Fill the next few weeks with some high flying Haiku!

The Grandkids!

 Mickey @ Mickey's Place

by Learning Whimsically at Mickey's Place

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