Purpose: To understand haikus and how to construct them.
Materials: Recycled paper, pencil, colored pencils, crayons, marker, watercolor paper, watercolors, and water cups.
Procedure: (Discuss haiku poems)
- Discuss the structure of haiku poems with students (first line has 5 syllable; second line has 7 syllables; and the third line has 5 syllables). Provide examples, such as:
Ocean Haiku Poem Rainforest Haiku Poem
Blue, salty water Trees, five stories high
Important ecosystem High biodiversity
All life depends on A bounty of life!
- Have students practice haiku poems with you and with each other.
- Encourage students to choose an ecosystem of interest to them when constructing their haiku. Note: If students choose to paint, cut a piece of watercolor paint and paste on metaphor writing activity below (pdf)
- Students can share their work with their classmates and parents. These can also be showcased in the classroom (see below).
- Students can fill in the type of ecosystem in the title of their haiku poem (see pdf).
______________ Haiku Poem
Written by _______________________________